Lewis Arquette

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Lewis Arquette
Born Lewis Michael Arquette
(1935-12-14)December 14, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 10, 2001(2001-02-10) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1977–2001
Spouse(s) Brenda Nowak (died 1997; 5 children)
Children Rosanna (b. 1959)
Richmond (b. 1963)
Patricia (b. 1968)
Alexis (1969 – 2016)
David (b. 1971)

Lewis Michael Arquette (December 14, 1935 – February 10, 2001) was an American film actor, writer and producer. Arquette was known for playing "J.D. Pickett" on the TV series, The Waltons, where he worked from 1978–81.

Life and career[edit]

Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mildred Nesbitt Le May and actor Cliff Arquette.[1] He was proudly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis, for whom he was named.[2] His family's surname was originally "Arcouet", coming from his partial French-Canadian ancestry.[3] He was a part of the famous Arquette family, as son of Cliff Arquette and the father of actors Patricia, Alexis, Rosanna, David, and Richmond Arquette. He is the former father-in-law of actress Courteney Cox, and actors Thomas Jane and Nicolas Cage. Arquette frequently appeared in movies with his sons.

While living in Chicago Arquette managed The Second City theater for several years. In 1970, the family moved to a commune in Front Royal, Virginia. His wife, Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), died in 1997 from breast cancer. She was Jewish and the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland, while Lewis Arquette, raised a Catholic,[4] was a convert to Islam.[5][6][7][8]

Arquette died in Los Angeles, California in 2001 at the age of 65, due to congestive heart failure.




  • The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show (1976) TV Series (writer)


  • The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show (1976) TV Series (executive producer)



  1. ^ "Lewis Arquette Film Reference biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Lewis Arquette Obituary in Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1986-07-10. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  3. ^ Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (2002-10-08). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  6. ^ Patricia Arquette - Cranky Critic StarTalk - Movie Star Interviews[dead link]
  7. ^ USA WEEKEND Magazine
  8. ^ Hoggard, Liz (2006-08-18). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

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