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David Arquette on Madison Square Garden Marquee New York
Actor David Arquette takes up residency in a plexiglass box on top of the Madison Square Garden Marquee to help launch Snickers "Bar Hunger" Campaign at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 15, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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David Arquette (born September 8, 1971) is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer, and occasional professional wrestler. A member of the Arquette acting family, he first became known during the mid 1990s after starring in several Hollywood films, such as the Scream series, Wild Bill, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He has since had several television roles, including playing "Jason Ventress" on ABC's In Case of Emergency. In addition to his acting career Arquette took a brief foray into professional wrestling in early 2000, competing for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). During his tenure, Arquette would become a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, an angle that has been cited by prominent professional wrestling commentators as being pivotal to the degradation of the title and the demise of WCW.

Arquette was born in a Subud commune which had no electricity, no bathrooms and even no running water in Winchester, Virginia. He is the son of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor. Arquette's paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. David Arquette's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland, and Arquette's father was a convert to Islam. Arquette's siblings are actors Rosanna, Alexis (born Robert), Richmond, and Patricia Arquette. The Arquettes had a dysfunctional upbringing, with a mother that was physically abusive and a father that abused substances, mainly marijuana.

Arquette has appeared in a number of movies including 1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as Benny) and 1994's Airheads (as Carter). He also did guest spots on television shows like Blossom (1992), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992), Friends (1996). Arquette also worked along side Drew Barrymore in the movie Never Been Kissed (1999) as her older brother.

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