Cliff Arquette
American actor and comedian
Cliff Arquette
Clifford Charles "Cliff" Arquette was an actor and comedian, famous for his role as Charley Weaver.
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Citrus brought stars and national publicity - News Chief
Google News - over 5 years
Among the stars to appear were Van Johnson, Michael Landon, Totie Fields, Buster Crabbe, Jack Carter, June Allyson, Joey Hetherton, the McGuire Sisters, Cliff Arquette, Skitch Henderson, Doug Sanders, Mohammed Ali, Gloria DeHaven and Citrus spokeswoman
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Jack Paar, Unpredictable TV Host Who Kept Americans Up Late, Is Dead at 85
NYTimes - about 13 years
Jack Paar, the prickly, often emotional and always unpredictable humorist who turned late-night television into a national institution when he was host of the ''Tonight Show'' from 1957 to 1962, died yesterday at his home in Greenwich, Conn., his son-in-law, Stephen Wells, told The Associated Press. He was 85. . ''Before Jack Paar, there were
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When Paar Gently Ruled the (Late) Night
NYTimes - almost 20 years
COULD Jack Paar make time for an interview about the public television documentary on his broadcasting career? ''We'll try for an hour,'' said the publicity man for WNET. ''But be prepared to stay longer,'' he added. ''Jack likes to talk, you know.'' Yes, Jack likes to talk. Hasn't he always? Perhaps more than anyone else in television. But what
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None of That Sultry Innocence For a Change
NYTimes - over 21 years
THERE IS HER LITTLE girl voice, almost a whisper. The crooked tooth, as if from sucking her thumb. Then, there are the tight dress, bleached blonde hair, milky skin, glowing blue eyes. Patricia Arquette, 27, is a million-dollar girl -- that's the fee she got for "Beyond Rangoon," directed by John Boorman, to be released on Wednesday. Until now,
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UP AND COMING: Patricia Arquette; She's the Embodiment Of the Spacey Flower Child
NYTimes - over 23 years
Patricia Arquette's Washer and dryer are broken, one of the cats has urinated on every bed, the pet snake has eaten the pet lizard, and the corn has died. "You have to sacrifice for your art," says the actress, who returned to this chaos the previous day from a movie location in Montana. "But it's hard to lose your corn." What is hard is to
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Review/Television; Bart and All, Outrageously
NYTimes - almost 24 years
If you just want to count guest stars, evidently the hottest television show of the moment is a cartoon. Of course, "The Simpsons" isn't just any cartoon. It also happens to be one of the most inventive and cheekiest romps on prime time. Lending one's voice to the animation has become a prestige stint, and tonight's season finale, on Fox at 8, sets
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Jim Jordan, Radio's Fibber McGee, Is Dead at 91
NYTimes - almost 29 years
LEAD: Jim Jordan, who delighted audiences for two decades as the well-meaning but bumbling Fibber McGee in the classic radio show ''Fibber McGee and Molly,'' died today at the Beverly Hills Medical Center. He was 91 years old. Jim Jordan, who delighted audiences for two decades as the well-meaning but bumbling Fibber McGee in the classic radio show
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cliff Arquette
  • 1974
    Age 68
    Died on September 23, 1974.
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  • 1962
    Age 56
    Arquette also appeared as Charley Weaver on the short-lived The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show on ABC from September 29 to December 29, 1962.
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  • 1960
    Age 54
    In 1960, Arquette was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to radio.
    More Details Hide Details In his Charley Weaver persona, Arquette became a regular on the original version of the classic game show The Hollywood Squares, placed in an oft-visited "square," at lower left, to give him a good deal of comic opportunities. That gig did not lend itself well to the "Letters from Mamma" theme, so he shifted his standard joke setting to his presumed residency in a nursing home, which he simply referred to as "out at The Home". He was known for his delivery of one-liners on the show: Question (asked by "Square-Master" Peter Marshall): Hey, Big Chuck, your bird has a temperature of 150 degrees. Will he live? Weaver: Gee, I hope not. My dinner guests will be here in a couple of minutes.
  • 1959
    Age 53
    Arquette, as Charley Weaver, hosted Charley Weaver's Hobby Lobby on ABC from September 30, 1959 to March 23, 1960.
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    In 1959, Arquette accepted Jack Paar's invitation to appear on Paar's NBC Tonight Show.
    More Details Hide Details Arquette created "Charley Weaver, the wild old man from Mount Idy". He would bring along, and read, a letter from his "Mamma" back home. This characterization proved so popular that Arquette almost never again appeared in public as himself, but nearly always as Charley Weaver, complete with his squashed hat, little round glasses, rumpled shirt, broad tie, baggy pants, and suspenders. Although a good number of Arquette's jokes appear 'dated' now (and, arguably, even back then), he could still often convulse Paar and the audience into helpless laughter by way of his timing and use of double entendres in describing the misadventures of his fictional family and townspeople. As Paar noted, in his foreword to Arquette's first Charley Weaver book: "Sometimes his jokes are old, and I live in the constant fear that the audience will beat him to the punch line, but they never have. And I suspect that if they ever do, he will rewrite the ending on the spot. I would not like to say that all his jokes are old, although some have been found carved in stone. What I want to say is that in a free-for-all ad lib session, Charley Weaver has and will beat the fastest gun alive."
  • 1956
    Age 50
    Arquette had been a busy, yet not nationally known, performer in radio, theatre, and motion pictures until 1956, when he retired from show business.
    More Details Hide Details At one time, he was credited with performing in 13 different daily radio shows at different stations in the Chicago market, getting from one studio to the other by way of motorboats along the Chicago River through its downtown. One such radio series he performed on was The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. Arquette and Dave Willock had their own radio show, Dave and Charley, in the early 1950s, as well as a television show by the same name that was on the air for three months. It was when Arquette performed on the shows that he created, and inaugurated his performances as, his eventual trademark character of Charley Weaver.
  • 1923
    Age 17
    In his early career, Cliff was a nightclub pianist, later joining the Henry Halstead orchestra in 1923.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1930s, Arquette invented the modern rubber theatrical prosthetic mask, flexible enough to allow changing facial expressions, and porous enough to allow air to reach the actor's skin.
  • 1905
    Arquette was born on December 27, 1905, in Toledo, Ohio, as the son of Winifred Ethel (née Clark) and Charles Augustus Arquette, a vaudevillian.
    More Details Hide Details He was of part French-Canadian descent, and his family's surname was originally "Arcouet". The eventual patriarch of the Arquette show business family, which became famous because of him, Arquette was the father of actor Lewis Arquette and the grandfather of actors Patricia, Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond, and David Arquette.
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