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 1978–1981.

Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mildred Nesbitt (née Le May) and actor Cliff Arquette.[1] He was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis.[2] He was a part of the famous Arquette family, as son of actor Cliff Arquette and the father of actors Patricia, Alexis, Rosanna, David and Richmond Arquette. He was the father-in-law of actress Courteney Cox and actor Thomas Jane and the former father-in-law of actor 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 "Mardi" Nowak, died in 1997 from breast cancer. She was Jewish and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor from Poland, while Lewis Arquette was a convert to Islam.[3][4][5][6]

Arquette died in Los Angeles, California in 2001, due to congestive heart failure.







  1. Lewis Arquette Biography (1935–2001)
  2. Vallance, Tom (2001-02-16). "Obituary: Lewis Arquette". The Independent. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  3. Pfefferman, Naomi (2002-10-08). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  4. Patricia Arquette - Cranky Critic StarTalk - Movie Star Interviews
  5. USA WEEKEND Magazine
  6. Hoggard, Liz (2006-08-18). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

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