PROFILE
Name:
Alexis Arquette
Birth Date:
1969/7/28
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California
Height:
5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in “Last Exit to Brooklyn” (1989)
BIOGRAPHY
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Eva Destruction

Background:

"I enjoy being a character actor. I enjoy being different in everything. I want a private life. I want to be able to go to 7-11 and not get into a fight with a guy because he saw me in a movie or not have people hitting on me simply because they saw me in a movie. You want to be wanted for who you are, not what you've done or who you've become, and it's hard." Alexis Arquette

One of Hollywood's most famous transgendered actors, Alexis Arquette, a member of the Arquette acting dynasty, began acting early in his teenage years and has appeared in such films as "Last Exit to Brooklyn" (1989), "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Never Met Picasso" (1996), "I Think I Do" (1997), "The Wedding Singer" (1998), "Bride of Chucky" (1998), "She's All That" (1999), "Killer Drag Queens on Dope" (2003), "Wasabi Tuna" (2003), and "Lords of Dogtown" (2005). He will next be seen alongside Sticky Fingaz in an upcoming comedy movie called "Hard Breakers."

On the small screen, Alexis appeared in the TV movies "The Hollow Boy" (1991) and "Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg" (1994)," as well as the TV series "Roseanne," "Beggars and Choosers," "Felicity," "Xena: Warrior Princess," "Friends," and "Californication."

Besides being an actor, Arquette is also an L.A. area underground cartoonist and his most famous strip was called "Nico's Mobile Mole," which was about his friend, actress Nico Petrakis. He also works as a drag queen performer by the name of “Eva Destruction.”


Robert Arquette

Childhood and Family:

The son of veteran actor and director Lewis Arquette (an original member of the improvisational group “The Committee” and once a member of the Paul Sills Story Theater; died on February 10, 2001 at age 65) and his actress and poet wife Mardi Arquette (born in August 1939; daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland; died of breast cancer on August 6, 1997), Alexis Arquette was born Robert Arquette on July 28, 1969, in Los Angeles, California. His parents, who divorced in 1990, named him after the last emperor-to-be of Russia.

Alexis' siblings are actors David Arquette (born on September 8, 1971; married to Courteney Cox), Richmond Arquette (born on August 21, 1963), Patricia Arquette (born on April 8, 1968; married to Thomas Jane), and Rosanna Arquette (born on August 10, 1959). He is formerly the brother-in-law of actor Nicolas Cage, who was married to Patricia Arquette, and James Newton Howard, who was married to Rosanna Arquette. His paternal grandfather, comedian Cliff Arquette, died on September 23, 1974.

In 1986, at age 16, Alexis told his family he was gay. In 1998, he revealed in an interview that he was involved in a monogamous relationship with a woman.

Alexis was a student of the Otis Parson’s College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, California.


Last Exit to Brooklyn

Career:

Born to a family of actors, Alexis Arquette followed in his father and siblings' footsteps by touring Europe as an actor and a dancer. At the age of twelve, in 1982, he landed his first job in the music video "She's a Beauty" for the San Francisco-based rock band The Tubes.

Four years later, he made his screen debut with a bit part in the comedy “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” (1986). He followed it up as Georgette, a sensitive young man with a crush on a neighborhood thug, in director Uli Edel's film adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.'s cult classic 1964 book, “Last Exit to Brooklyn” (1989), starring Stephen Lang, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Burt Young.

After guest starring in an episode of "Alien Nation," Arquette appeared in the 1990 films "Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen" and "High Score." He also made his TV acting debut in the PBS dramatic movie “The Hollow Boy” (1991), alongside Jerry Stiller and Kathleen Widdoes. He then continued to add to his resume with roles in the films "Jumpin' at the Boneyard" (1992), "Miracle Beach" (1992), "Terminal Bliss" (1992), "Of Mice and Men" (1992), "The Killing Box" (1993), "Grief" (1993), "Jack Be Nimble" (1993), "Frank & Jesse" (1994), "Threesome" (1994), and "Don't Do It" (1994). He could also be seen in "Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg" (1994), the fact-based made-for-TV movie of Laurie Kellog (portrayed by Jennie Garth), who was accused of the murder of her husband Bruce (played by Gregory Harrison) in May 1992.

In 1994, Arquette had a featured role as a gunman dispatched by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson's characters in Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed crime drama film “Pulp Fiction.” Afterward, he was cast in the films "Paradise Framed" (1995), "Days of the Pentecost" (1995), "Frisk" (1995), "White Man's Burden" (1995), "Kiss & Tell" (1996), "Cosas que nunca te dije" (1996; aka "Things I Never Told You"), "Never Met Picasso" (1996; won a Grand Jury Award at the L.A. Outfest for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film), "Scream, Teen, Scream" (1996), "Sometimes They Come Back... Again" (1996, V), and "Inside Out" (1997). On the small screen, he appeared in the TV movie "Dead Weekend" (1995) and was spotted as a guest in an episode of "Roseanne."

Following his starring role in Brian Sloan's screwball comedy about a gay couple at a straight couple's wedding, “I Think I Do” (1998), Arquette acted in "Goodbye America" (1997), "Close To" (1997), "Love Kills" (1998), "Fool's Gold" (1998), "The Wedding Singer" (1998), "Cleopatra's Second Husband" (1998), "Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror" (1998, V), "Bride of Chucky" (1998), "Tomorrow by Midnight" (1999), "She's All That" (1999), "Clubland" (1999), and "Out in Fifty" (1999). He also had a recurring role on the Showtime series “Beggars and Choosers” (1999-2000) and the UPN drama "The Strip" (1999-2000).

Hitting the new millennium, Arquette appeared in the films "Piccadilly Pickups," "The Price of Air," and "Boys Life 3." He also played guest roles in the TV series "Felicity" and "Friends."

“I applaud the outstanding job that Kathleen Turner put out there on her appearance as Chandler's father on 'Friends.' She straight tore that part up!” Alexis Arquette

In the following years, he was cast in the films "The Woman Every Man Wants" (2001), "Audit" (2001), "The Trip" (2002), "Spun" (2002), "Boxer Shorts" (2002, V), "Killer Drag Queens on Dope" (2003), "The Movie Hero" (2003), "Wasabi Tuna" (2003), and "Lords of Dogtown" (2005). Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch him guest starring in "Xena: Warrior Princess," "Son of the Beach," "Wanted," and "Californication." He also joined The WB/VH1 reality TV series "The Surreal Life" from 2004 to 2006.

He recalled, “I must say that I enjoyed my time with Florence Henderson on 'The Surreal Life.' I felt motherly over her though, especially when Tawny started messing with her. I felt like I needed to step in and rescue the lamb from the wolf.”

Arquette will soon complete his upcoming film project called "Hard Breakers," a comedy directed by Leah Sturgis and starring Sticky Fingaz and Leslie Del Rosario


Awards:

  • L.A. Outfest: Grand Jury Award - Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film, "Never Met Picasso," 1997

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