Lewis Arquette

Lowest Rated: 0% The Horror Show (1989)
Birthday: Dec 14, 1935
Birthplace: Not Available
A paragon among character actors, the late American thesp Lewis Arquette faded smoothly and imperceptibly into his individual roles with such efficiency and success that many television devotees and filmgoers will sooner recognize the names of Arquette's craggily-voiced, cantankerous personages than his own name -- from Seinfeld's Leapin' Larry, the crippled furniture magnate whose establishment burns to the ground as the result of a freak accident, to retired taxidermist Clifford Wooley in Christopher Guest's uproarious mockumentary Waiting for Guffman (1996) to the pot-bellied law enforcement officer, Chief Louis Hartley, in Scream 2 (1997). The son of television personality Cliff Arquette (a Tonight Show mainstay), Lewis Arquette was born December 14, 1935. He launched his career as a Broadway stage actor, then returned home to the Windy City and enlisted with the infamous Second City troupe. As a member of that ensemble, Arquette fine-tuned his own aptitude for spur-of-the-moment improvisation -- a gift that, combined with Arquette's distinctive look, prompted Hollywood to summon him for numerous character roles. Arquette began on the small screen (on an uncharacteristically somber note) as J.D. Pickett in the melancholic, tragedy-laden seventh season of the hit CBS series The Waltons -- a role that lasted for several years, until the program wrapped in August 1981. Arquette spent the late '70s, '80s, and '90s filling his resumé with bit parts in alternately forgettable and memorable pictures. Roles (in addition to the aforementioned turns) included Hatcher in The China Syndrome (1979), the warden in the "coming attractions" parody Loose Shoes (1980), a foreman in Badge of the Assassin (1985), Mr. Stokes in the Lily Tomlin-Bette Midler comedy Big Business (1988), Herm in The Great Outdoors (1988), Wyler in Tango & Cash (1989), Sheriff Bugiere in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1991), Texas Joe in The Linguini Incident (1992), Mr. Ingersol in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993), and a cardinal in the Adam Sandler comedy-fantasy Little Nicky (2000). Arquette was still active onscreen when he died of congestive heart failure on February 10, 2001 -- just two months after his 65th birthday. Arquette was the father of actresses Rosanna and Patricia Arquette, as well as actors David Arquette, Alexis Arquette, and Richmond Arquette. He co-starred with his sons and daughters in many of his pictures.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet A River Made to Drown In Vagabond 2003
8% Out Cold Papa Muntz $13.9M 2001
22% Little Nicky cardinal $38.6M 2000
94% Best in Show Fern City Show Spectator $16.6M 2000
23% Ready to Rumble Fred King 2000
8% Almost Heroes Merchant 1998
60% Twilight Water Pistol Man 1998
82% Scream 2 Chief Louis Hartley 1997
No Score Yet Get a Clue! Otis Amber 1997
No Score Yet Mojave Moon Charlie 1997
No Score Yet Kid Cop Actor 1996
91% Waiting for Guffman Clifford Wooley 1996
30% Stuart Saves His Family Cemetery Official 1995
60% Wild Side (All The Way) The Chief 1995
15% Sleep with Me Minister 1994
22% Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Mr. Ingersol 1993
No Score Yet Tainted Blood Artie 1993
No Score Yet A Child Lost Forever Walter Vinton 1992
No Score Yet The Linguini Incident Texas Joe 1992
No Score Yet Double Trouble Tarlow 1992
No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever Mr. Cheese 1991
No Score Yet Book of Love Mr. Malloy 1991
No Score Yet Syngenor (Synthesized Genetic Organism) Ethan 1990
No Score Yet Chopper Chicks in Zombietown Sheriff Bugiere 1989
31% Tango & Cash Wyler 1989
97% Kiki's Delivery Service Actor 1989
0% The Horror Show Lt. Miller 1989
No Score Yet A Very Brady Christmas Sam/Santa 1988
40% The Great Outdoors Herm 1988
40% Big Business Mr. Stokes 1988
No Score Yet Dance 'til Dawn Pawnbroker 1988
No Score Yet My First Love Actor 1988
0% Nobody's Fool Mr. Fry $0.6M 1986
No Score Yet The Check Is in the Mail... Man at Pool 1986
33% Just Between Friends TV Station Guard 1986
No Score Yet Badge of the Assassin 1st Foreman 1985
No Score Yet Sherlock Hound Actor 1984
No Score Yet Off the Wall Prison Chaplain 1982
No Score Yet Loose Shoes Warden 1980
84% The China Syndrome Hatcher 1979
No Score Yet Rescue from Gilligan's Island Judge 1978
No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald Actor 1978


No Score Yet Babylon 5
Gen. Smits
  • 1996
88% Seinfeld
Leapin' Larry
  • 1995
100% Get a Life
  • 1991
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1990
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
Clarence Lembeck
  • 1989
No Score Yet ALF
Ed Billings
  • 1987
No Score Yet Married...With Children
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Waltons
J.D. Pickett J.D.
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Barney Miller
  • 1979


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