Arquette and TV personality Christina McLarty have a baby due in May, and the actor offered up his choice of name, only to have it dismissed.
"I did want to name him Astro," Arquette said in a recent interview. The actor said he thought "Astro Arquette" was an amazing name." But, he said, it just "didn't fly" with McLarty.
Arquette said his 10-year-old daughter Coco—with ex-wife Courtney Cox—is excited about the arrival of her baby brother. The actor said the one thing Coco is insisting is that the baby "absolutely worships" her.
Arquette said his daughter is already poised to follow in his parents' show business footsteps.
"Coco loves acting herself and she loves the fact that we do what we do," said Arquette, who also pointed out that his daughter loves singing. "So, I think she's pretty much exactly how all of us on my side of the family were raised—in it essentially."
The actor's Emmy-winning sister, Patricia, said in a 2009 interview that their father, mother and grandparents were actors. She said growing up, she and her siblings Rosanna, Alexis and Richmond were "constantly playing this kind of fantasy, roll-playing, emotional games." They did puppet shows and their parents taught them how to create stories.
"I guess we were sort of spoon fed of that creative aspect of ourselves," she said.
David Arquette spoke while promoting his TV movie "Happy Face Killer" about the hunt and capture of Canadian serial killer Keith Jesperson that airs on the Lifetime network on March 1, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Arquette said it was a tough role to play and that it left him in a "very dark place," and that it was spending time with his daughter that "helped me heal."