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Cliff Arquette as "Charley Weaver"

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Clifford Arquette was an actor and comedian, famous for his role as "Charley Weaver". Arquette was the patriarch of the Arquette show business family, which became famous because of him. Arquette was the father of the late actor Lewis Arquette and the grandfather of actors Patricia, Rosanna, Alexis (formerly Robert), Richmond and David Arquette. In the 1920s, Arquette had been a busy, yet not nationally known, performer in radio, theatre, and motion pictures until 1956, when he retired from show business.

However, one night in the late 1950s, Arquette received his big break. He was watching The Tonight Show and host Jack Paar happened to ask the rhetorical question, "Whatever became of Cliff Arquette?" That startled Arquette so much that, "I almost dropped my Scotch!" In 1959, Arquette accepted Paar's invitation to perform on Paar's NBC Tonight Show. Arquette stepped onto the Tonight Show stage not as himself, but as the character of "Charley Weaver, the wild old man from Mount Idy." This characterization proved so popular that, for the next twenty years, Arquette almost never 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. Arquette also appeared as "Charley Weaver" on the The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show on ABC from September 29 to December 29, 1962.

Fact file

  • Born: Clifford Charles Arquette December 27, 1905 Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
  • Died: September 23, 1974 (aged 68) Burbank, California, U.S.
  • Other names: Charley Weaver
  • Occupation: actor, comedian
  • Spouse(s): Julie Harrison-Arquette (April 3, 1934-September 4, 1942)

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