Lewis Arquette

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Lewis Arquette
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Born Lewis Michael Arquette
(1935-12-14)December 14, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, producer
Years active 1958–2001
Spouse(s) Brenda Olivia "Mardi" Nowak (m. 1963; d. 1997)
Children Rosanna Arquette
Richmond Arquette
Patricia Arquette
Alexis Arquette
David Arquette
Parent(s) Cliff Arquette
Mildred Nesbitt Le May

Lewis Michael Arquette (14 December 1935 – 10 February 2001) was an American film actor, writer, and producer. Arquette was known for playing J.D. Pickett on the television series The Waltons, on which he worked from 1978 to 1981.

Life and career

Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mildred Nesbitt Le May and actor Cliff Arquette.[1] He was 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 the 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, film composer James Newton Howard, 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.[4] In 1970, the family moved to a Subud[5] commune (described by Patricia as a "hippie 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,[6] was a convert to Islam.[7][8][9][10]

Arquette died in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 at age 65, due to congestive heart failure.[11]




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


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



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  3. Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
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  11. The Associated Press (14 February 2001). "Lewis Arquette, 65, Actor in Family of Performers". NY Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 12 January 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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