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Lewis Arquette

Highest Rated:   97% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Horror Show (1989)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
95% Best in Show
  • Fern City Show Spectator
$16.6M 2000
23% Ready to Rumble
  • Fred King
2000
8% Almost Heroes
  • Merchant
1998
59% Twilight
  • Water Pistol Man
1998
81% 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
No Score Yet Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman
  • Mr. Ingersol
1994
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
33% 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
No Score Yet 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
83% The China Syndrome
  • Hatcher
1979
No Score Yet Rescue from Gilligan's Island
  • Judge
1978
No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Gen. Smits
  • 1996
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Leapin' Larry
  • 1995

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