David Arquette Biography

David Arquette is a multi-talented American actor, screenwriter, filmmaker, professional wrestler, and fashion designer. He gained fame for his role in the 1996 slasher film ‘Scream’ and has since appeared in numerous films and TV shows. Arquette is also known for his skills as a professional wrestler, having won the ‘WCW World Heavyweight Championship’ title.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: David James Arquette
  • Age: 52 Years, 52 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Christina McLarty (m. 2015), Courteney Cox (m. 1999; div. 2013)
    • Father: Lewis Arquette
    • Mother: Brenda Olivia Nowak
    • Children: Augustus Alexis Arquette, Charlie West Arquette, Coco Arquette
  • Born Country: United States
  • Quotes By David Arquette
  • Actors
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm), 5’10” Males
  • Ancestry: Russian American, Polish American, British American, Irish American
  • U.S. State: Virginia

Childhood & Early Life

David Arquette was born on September 8, 1971, in Bentonville, Virginia, USA, to Lewis Arquette and Brenda Olivia “Mardi” (née Nowak). He is the youngest of five children in his family. His family has a strong association with show business, with his paternal grandfather Cliff Arquette being a comedian. His father was a film actor, writer, and producer, while his mother was an actress, acting teacher, poet, psychotherapist, theatre operator, and activist. David’s father converted to Islam from Catholicism and had occasional issues with substance abuse, which led to an unusual upbringing for David and his siblings. His four elder siblings, Rosanna, Patricia, Alexis, and Richmond, all grew up to become actors. Unfortunately, his mother passed away from breast cancer. Despite the challenges, David developed a passion for art and acting at an early age.


After attending several auditions, David got his first big break in 1990 when he was cast in the short-lived American teen drama series ‘The Outsiders.’ He played the role of ‘Keith “Two-Bit” Mathews’ in the series. He also appeared in the American sitcom ‘Parenthood’ and had roles in films like ‘Where the Day Takes You’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ However, his big breakthrough came in 1996 with the release of the American slasher film ‘Scream,’ where he played the leading role of ‘Dewey Riley.’ The film was a huge success and led to David reprising his role in the other films of the ‘Scream’ franchise. He also appeared in other films like ‘Never Been Kissed’ and ‘Ready to Rumble.’ In addition to his film career, David and his then-wife Courteney Cox created their own production company called ‘Coquette Productions,’ which has produced various TV series and films. David has also appeared in TV shows, lent his voice for video games, and directed the comedy slasher film ‘The Tripper.’

Personal Life & Legacy

David Arquette first met Courteney Cox on the set of ‘Scream,’ and the two got married in 1999. They have a daughter named Coco Riley Arquette. David and Courteney separated in 2010 and finalized their divorce in 2013. In 2011, David began a relationship with Christina McLarty, and they have two sons together.

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