Arquette attending VH1's Daisy of Love premiere party at My House, Hollywood, CA in April 2009.
July 28, 1969
Los Angeles, California
|Parent(s)||Lewis Arquette (father)
Brenda Olivia Nowak (mother)
Alexis Arquette (born July 28, 1969) is an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.
Alexis Arquette was born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles, California, and is a transgender woman. Her mother was Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist. Her father, Lewis Arquette, was an actor and director. Her mother was Jewish, from a family from Russia and Poland. Her father was a convert from Catholicism to Islam. Lewis's family's surname was originally "Arcouet", coming from his partial French-Canadian ancestry. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Arquette is distantly related to American explorer Meriwether Lewis. Her siblings are actors Rosanna, Patricia, Richmond, and David.
In 1982, at the age of twelve, Alexis Arquette's first acting gig was as "this little kid who's on a ride with all these women and whatnot" in the music video "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes. In 1986, Arquette debuted on the big screen in an uncredited role as Alexis, the androgynous friend and bandmate of sexually ambivalent teenager Max Whiteman (Evan Richards) in the Bette Midler comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
At nineteen, Alexis Arquette landed her first sizable film role, playing transvestite Georgette in the screen adaptation of controversial novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. The majority of Arquette's film work has been in low-budget or independent films. Her starring roles include Jumpin' at the Boneyard (as a crack addict), acting opposite Tim Roth, and New Zealand-shot fantasy Jack Be Nimble, as a man seeking revenge for a hellish childhood, and low budget comedy Killer Drag Queens on Dope, as a murderous drag queen.
Alexis Arquette has also had supporting roles in Threesome, and horror movie Bride of Chucky. She played a Boy George impersonator in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore films The Wedding Singer and Blended. In 2001, Arquette returned to New Zealand to play Roman emperor Caligula in two episodes of cult television show Xena: Warrior Princess. That same year, Arquette guest starred in the Friends episode "The One with Chandler's Dad" and cameoed in Son of the Beach.
In September 2005, VH1 announced Arquette as one of the celebrity house-guests on the sixth season of reality show The Surreal Life. On January 31, 2007, Alexis Arquette was a featured celebrity client and guest judge on the première episode of Bravo's reality show Top Design. Alexis Arquette also made a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams' "She's Madonna" video.
|1989||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Georgette|
|1990||Gavre Princip – Himmel unter Steinen||Milan|
|1990||High Score||Yago / Freddie|
|1992||Jumpin' at the Boneyard||Dan|
|1992||Terminal Bliss||Craig Murphy|
|1992||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Vampire DJ|
|1992||Of Mice and Men||Whit|
|1993||Ghost Brigade||Cpl. Dawson|
|1993||Jack Be Nimble||Jack|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Man #4|
|1994||Don't Do It||David|
|1995||Days of the Pentecost||Mechanic|
|1995||Frank & Jesse||Charlie Ford|
|1995||Frisk||Punk (victim #3)|
|1995||White Man's Burden||Panhandler|
|1996||Kiss & Tell||Amerod Burkowitz|
|1996||Cosas que nunca te dije||Paul|
|1996||Sometimes They Come Back... Again||Tony Reno||Video|
|1996||Never Met Picasso||Andrew Magnus|
|1996||Scream, Teen, Scream||Lisa Marie||Short film|
|1997||Inside Out||Adam||Short film|
|1997||Goodbye America||Paul Bladon|
|1997||I Think I Do||Bob|
|1997||Close To||Deaf Mute||Short film|
|1998||Wedding Singer, TheThe Wedding Singer||George|
|1998||Cleopatra's Second Husband||Alex|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Mr. Ed|
|1998||Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror||Greg||Video|
|1998||Bride of Chucky||Damien|
|1999||She's All That||Mitch|
|1999||Out in Fifty||Kim|
|2000||Piccadilly Pickups||Henri de la Plus Ooh Arrgh|
|2000||Price of Air, TheThe Price of Air||Willy|
|2000||Boys Life 3||Adam||Segment: "Inside Out"|
|2001||Tomorrow by Midnight||Sidney|
|2002||Trip, TheThe Trip||Michael|
|2003||Killer Drag Queens on Dope||Ginger|
|2003||Movie Hero, TheThe Movie Hero||Strange, Yet Attractive Woman|
|2003||Wasabi Tuna||Champangne Anna|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Tranny|
|2010||Here & Now||Ramona|
|2010||Hard Breakers||Ms. Independence|
|2011||Getting Back to Zero||Judy|
|1989||Alien Nation||John Barrymore||Episode: "Contact"|
|1991||American Playhouse||Werner Hauser||Episode: "The Hollow Boy"|
|1994||Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg||Denver McDowell||TV film|
|1995||Dead Weekend||McHacker||TV film|
|1995||Roseanne||Episode: "December Bride"|
|1999||Strip, TheThe Strip||Cleo||Episodes: "Games Without Frontiers", "Send Me an Angel", "Even Better Than the Real Thing"|
|1999–2000||Beggars and Choosers||Larry / Lola||TV series|
|2000||Felicity||Jim||Episode: "Docuventary II"|
|2000||Friends||The Customer||Episode: "The One with Rachel's Sister"|
|2001||Friends||The Waiter in Drag||Episode: "The One with Chandler's Dad"|
|2001||Xena: Warrior Princess||Caligula||Episodes: "The God You Know", "You Are There"|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Beverly||Episode: "B.J. Blue Hawaii"|
|2005||Wanted||Paula||Episode: "Lips Are Lips"|
|2008||Californication||Lady in Jail||Episode: "The Great Ashby"|
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- Myrna Oliver (February 13, 2001). "Lewis Arquette Obituary Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- "Rosanna Arquette Biography".
- Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
- Hoggard, Liz (August 18, 2006). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". London: Independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- Lee, Chris (1998). "Interview with Alexis Arquette". indexmagazine. Archived from the original on April 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-05.
- Alexis Arquette at the Internet Movie Database
- Down and Out in Beverly Hills at the Internet Movie Database
- Ali, Lorraine (May 13, 2007). "None of Us Are Safe". Newsweek.