Alexis Arquette

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Alexis Arquette
Alexis Arquette 2009.jpg
Arquette attending VH1's Daisy of Love premiere party at My House, Hollywood, CA in April 2009.
Born (1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 50)
Los Angeles
Other names Eva Destruction
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
Parent(s) Lewis Arquette (father)

Alexis Arquette[1] (born Robert Arquette; July 28, 1969 – September 11, 2016) was an American actor, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, and activist. He was well known for his gender 'transitioning' from male to female, and for supporting other people making similar transitions.

Early life

Alexis Arquette was born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles, California and was a trans woman. His mother was Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, whose family emigrated from Russia and Poland.[2] His father, Lewis Arquette, was an actor and director, and was a convert from Catholicism to Islam.[3][4] His paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Arquette was distantly related to American explorer Meriwether Lewis.[3][5] His siblings were actors Rosanna, Patricia, Richmond, and David.

In 1982, at the age of twelve, Robert 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.[6] 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)[7] in the Bette Midler comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills.[8]

Twenty years later, Arquette transitioned from male to female, an experience that was documented in the film, Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.[9]


At nineteen, Alexis Arquette landed his 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. His 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 appeared in I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, and Sometimes They Come Back... Again, among more than 40 other independent movies.

Alexis Arquette has also had supporting roles in Threesome, and horror movie Bride of Chucky. He 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. Arquette also made a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams' "She's Madonna" video.

Alexis Arquette died in Los Angeles of a heart attack after battling HIV for 29 years.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1992 Miracle Beach Lars
1993 Grey Knight Cpl. Dawson
1993 Grief Bill
1993 Jack Be Nimble Jack
1994 Threesome Dick
1994 Pulp Fiction Man #4
1994 Don't Do It David
1995 Days of the Pentecost Mechanic
1995 Paradise Framed
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 Fool's Gold Mark
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 Clubland Steven
1999 Out in Fifty Kim
1999 Love Kills James
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 Perfect Lover Onix
2001 Audit Richard Short film
2001 Tomorrow by Midnight Sidney
2002 Trip, TheThe Trip Michael
2002 Spun Moustache Cop
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
2013 Tranzloco Alexis
2014 Blended Georgina[11]


Year Title Role Notes
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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  7. Alexis Arquette at the Internet Movie Database
  8. Down and Out in Beverly Hills on IMDb
  9. Ali, Lorraine (May 13, 2007). "None of Us Are Safe". Newsweek.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. KSDK TV, Sep 21 2016.

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