Actress Alexis Arquette passed away at the age of 47 but left behind a legacy of transgender activism and memorable on-screen appearances few can match.
Sibling to David and Patricia Arquette, Alexis may not have possessed the star power of her more famous kin but the chances are we’ve all watched and enjoyed a film featuring the talents of an actor whose career started back in 1982 at the tender age of 12.
Arquette appeared in over 40 films and while her work on low-budget independent movies like Last Exit to Brooklyn and Jumpin’ at the Boneyard is worth revisiting, she’s also featured in plenty of major productions alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
The criminally overlooked original movie featuring Kristy Swanson as Buffy also boasted a brief appearance from Alexis as a vampire DJ. He was bloody good too.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
The definitive big-screen version of John Steinbeck’s novella saw Arquette share screen time with two titans in Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. An unforgettable film.
Ghost Brigade (1993)
An intriguing supernatural horror film set during the American Civil War, Alexis was part of a band of soldiers terrorised by evil spirits. Featuring Martin Sheen and Billy Bob Thornton, it remains an unheralded cult gem.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The film often cited as one of Arquette’s screen highlights, Alexis may have only been credited as “Man #4” but was present for one of the film’s undoubted highlights: Jules Winnfield and Ezekiel 25:17. If only his character had known how to shoot a gun…
White Man’s Burden (1995)
This bizarre movie, about an alternate reality where a down-on-his-luck John Travolta rises up against a world where black and white Americans exist in reversed cultural roles, is extraordinarily misjudged but does see Arquette rub shoulders with Kelly Lynch.
Kiss and Tell (1996)
Another intriguing oddity, this mostly-improvised movie saw Arquette appear alongside a whole host of big names including Heather Graham, Rose McGowan and… Daniel Craig?!
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Arquette’s signature role, as Adam Sandler’s Boy George-style stand-in during weddings, Alexis also showcased his comedic chops in a movie that has become a rom-com classic.
Children of the Corn V (1998)
A strange choice perhaps but Arquette’s sharp performance stands out in a by-the-numbers sequel that also features a pre-fame and pre-Ryan Gosling Eva Mendes.
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Another cult horror favourite, Arquette played a Goth who met a grisly end at the hands of Jennifer Tilly’s Tiffany doll. Also notable for featuring a young Katherine Heigl.
She’s All That (1999)
A scene-stealing support role saw Arquette pop up as performance artist Mitch, a man ultimately upstaged by Freddie Prinze Jr and his hackey sack.
Joined by Peter Stormare as two rather dodgy looking cops, Arquette is perfect in Jonas Akerlund’s headache-inducing statement on drug culture in the US.
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
The definitive dramatization of the iconic Venice Beach skateboarding clan, Arquette features as Tranny in another brief but memorable turn that came as part of an ensemble featuring everyone from Heath Ledger to Sofia Vergara.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.