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Net Worth:
$30 Million
Sep 8, 1971 (52 years old)
5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Wrestler, Actor, Film Producer, Television producer, Screenwriter, Fashion designer, Voice Actor, Film director, Television Director
United States of America
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David Arquette is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter who has a net worth of $30 million. Best known for playing Dewey Riley in the "Scream" horror franchise (1996–present), David Arquette has more than 130 acting credits to his name.

After beginning his acting career in the early 1990s, David Arquette appeared in the movies "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992), "Airheads" (1994), and "Never Been Kissed" (1999) and the television series "Blossom" (1992), "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1992), "Friends" (1996), and "The Hughleys" (1999). David's notable films include "Eight Legged Freaks" (2002), "Riding the Bullet" (2004), "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D" (2005), and "The Tripper" (2006), which he also co-wrote, directed, and produced. He guest-starred on his sister Patricia's TV series "Medium" in 2011, and he directed three episodes of the show. In 2000, Arquette starred in the World Championship Wrestling movie "Ready to Rumble" and wrestled in a series of matches for WCW. He ended up winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship that year, and he began wrestling on the independent circuit in 2018.

Early Life

David Arquette was born on September 8, 1971, in a commune in Bentonville, Virginia. His mother, Brenda, was a therapist, actress, poet, and acting teacher, and his father, Lewis, was an actor. David and his siblings, Patricia, Rosanna, Alexis, and Richmond, all went into acting. Sadly, in 2016, Alexis died of a heart attack brought on by a bacterial infection after living with HIV for nearly three decades.

The Arquette children grew up with an alcoholic father and abusive mother, and David has said "My mother was one of the most loving, sweet angelic people, but she was abusive to us. We had a turbulent childhood, but also a childhood filled with love." After leaving the commune, the family moved to Chicago, then relocated to Los Angeles. Arquette started stealing as a child and began drinking alcohol at the age of 12. During his childhood, David appeared in plays at the local library, and he was cast in a few plays in high school. Arquette attended Fairfax High School and the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.


David Arquette made his television debut in 1990, appearing on 10 episodes of Fox's "The Outsiders" and beginning a 12-episode stint on NBC's "Parenthood." In 1991, he appeared in the film "Where the Day Takes You" and followed it with 1992's "Cruel Doubt" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and 1993's "An Ambush of Ghosts," "Grey Knight," and "At Home with the Webbers." David co-starred with Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi in the 1994 comedy "Airheads" and met his future wife, Courteney Cox, while starring in the Wes Craven horror hit "Scream." Arquette has appeared in every film in the "Scream" franchise, which has grossed $608.5 million so far; the fifth film in the series is set to be released in 2022. In 1999, David co-starred with Drew Barrymore in "Never Been Kissed" and played a sadistic scientist in "Muppets from Space." He teamed up with The Muppets again in 2002's "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie." Arquette appeared in Stephen King's "Riding the Bullet" in 2004 and landed a leading role on the ABC sitcom "In Case of Emergency" in 2007.

David appeared in the films "The Darwin Awards" (2006), "Hamlet 2" (2008), and "Conception" (2011) and competed on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2011, coming in sixth place. He lent his voice to the TV series "Pelswick" (2000–2002), "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" (2011–2016), and "Tron: Uprising" (2012) and guest-starred on "My Name Is Earl" (2008), "Pushing Daisies" (2008–2009), "Cougar Town" (2012), "Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy" (2018), and "Creepshow" (2019). In 2014, Arquette produced and starred in the film "Just Before I Go" and portrayed real-life serial killer Keith Jesperson in the Lifetime movie "Happy Face Killer." That year, he also began producing "Celebrity Name Game," and he has competed on more than 20 episodes of the game show. David has also appeared in the web series "Cleaners" (2013–2014) and several music videos, including Creed's "What If"(2000), Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait" (2010), and Jenny Lewis' "Red Bull and Hennessy" (2019). In 2020, he appeared in the films "12 Hour Shift" and "Spree" as well as the documentary "You Cannot Kill David Arquette," which he also produced.

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Personal Life

David married "Scream" co-star Courteney Cox on June 12, 1999, and they welcomed daughter Coco on June 13, 2004. Arquette and Cox formed Coquette Productions in 2004 and produced Courteney's TV series "Dirt" (2007–2008) and "Cougar Town" (2009–2015) as well as "Celebrity Name Game" (2014–2017) and "Daisy Does America" (2005). David and Courteney divorced in May 2013, nearly 2 1/2 years after separating. Arquette began a relationship with Christina McLarty, an "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent, in 2011, and the couple wed on April 12, 2015. David and Christina have two sons, Charlie (born April 28, 2014) and Augustus (born March 8, 2017). Arquette is part-owner of a Los Angeles nightclub called Bootsy Bellows, and he became a certified Bob Ross instructor after training in Ross' distinctive landscape painting technique. David used to be in a band, Ear2000, who contributed the song "The Race" to the "Scream 2" soundtrack and "Click Click" to the "Scream 3" soundtrack. He also runs a clothing line, Propr Collection, with musician Ben Harper, and Image Comics adapted his film "The Tripper" into a comic book (which he co-wrote) in 2007.

In January 2011, Arquette sought treatment at a rehabilitation center for "alcohol and other issues," and in April of that year, he announced that he had been sober for 100 days. In November 2018, David was hospitalized after Nick Gage smashed a fluorescent light tube over his head during a wrestling deathmatch. Though Arquette's neck was bleeding profusely, he finished the match and later said that he wouldn't take part in any more deathmatches. In a November 2020 interview with "The Sun," David revealed that he had a heart attack a few years ago while undergoing a stress test at a hospital. Two stents were inserted, and after he woke up from surgery, he told his wife that he wanted to return to wrestling.

Awards and Nominations

David Arquette has won three Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor – Horror for "Scream 2," Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance for "Never Been Kissed," and Favorite Actor – Horror (Internet Only) for "Scream 3." He earned a Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Chemistry (shared with Courteney Cox) for "Scream 3" in 2000 and an Eyegore Award in 2011. David was named Best Supporting Actor for "Evan's Crime" at the 2016 Breckenridge Festival of Film, and he received a Festival Prize for Best Actor – Feature for "Amanda & Jack Go Glamping" at the 2018 Deep in the Heart Film Festival.

In 1998, he was named Star on the Horizon at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and he has earned nominations from the Daytime Emmy Awards (Outstanding Game Show for "Celebrity Name Game"), Behind the Voice Actors Awards (Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Children's/Educational for "Jake and the Never Land Pirates"), International Academy of Web Television Awards (Best Male Performance in a Drama for "Cleaners"), The Streamy Awards (Best Actor in a Drama for "Cleaners"), and the Southampton International Film Festival (Supporting Actor in a Feature for "Saving Flora").

Real Estate

In 2004 David and Courteney Cox paid $5.5 million for a home in Beverly Hills. Soon after divorcing, David listed the home for sale for $19.5 million. A year later he sold the home for an undisclosed amount.

In 2001 they paid $10 million for a John Lautner-designed home in Malibu on the famed Carbon Beach. They sold this home in 2007 for former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt for $27.5 million:


In June 2017, David sold a home in Los Angeles for $8.342 million. He bought the house for $7 million in 2014. In August 2017, he bought a new home in Encino for $4.25 million, and he put it on the market for $4.975 million in July 2019. At the same time, he also listed his Lake Arrowhead home for $1.6 million, and it sold for $1.35 million in April 2020.

David Arquette Career Earnings

  • Eight Legged Freaks
    $5 Million
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