Alexis Arquette

by Lil Vacha on September 14, 2011

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Birth Name: Robert Arquette

Date of Birth: July 28, 1969

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: September 11, 2016

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

*English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Alexis Arquette was an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.

Her family surname was spelled Arcouet many generations back. Alexis’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alexis’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was also involved in the arts, and was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).

Alexis was born Robert Arquette, and changed her name to Alexis Arquette. She transitioned from male to female. Alexis was the sister of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and David Arquette.

There is a claim on the internet that Alexis’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that Alexis’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.

A DNA test of Patricia Arquette whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:

*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*0.2% French & German
*0.1% Finnish
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American

Alexis’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.

Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Clifford Charles “Cliff” Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver”, and was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares television show; he was also a Civil War expert. Alexis’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina Josephine “Minnie” Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Alexis’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.

Alexis’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.

Alexis’s maternal grandfather was Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was Yasnor). Yusseff was a Jewish emigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire.

Alexis’s maternal grandmother was Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Harry was the son of Louis Hibel and Jennie Ita Osterer, who was born in Przasnysz, Poland. Fannie was the daughter of Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Fannie Schnitzler/Znizer.

Sources: Genealogies of Alexis Arquette –

Genealogies of Alexis Arquette (focusing on her father’s side) –

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family –

Alexis’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Claire Hibel/Hibbel on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew December 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm
angrygirl19 November 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Looked good as a man

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 7:32 am

looks good here!

pookerella July 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm
nnnnn May 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Why Patricia and Rosanne Arquette are beautiful, but their…hm…brothers are u g l y?

andrew May 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

Fuck..what happened to him? I remember his role in Pulp Fiction, he was shot by Travolta and Jackson after he missed them

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