David Arquette has bar mitzvah: "Finally I'm a man"

David Arquette, June 11, 2012 Personal Photo/Twitter

David Arquette, June 11, 2012
Personal Photo/Twitter
(CBS/AP) David Arquette says he's finally a man. The actor had a bar mitzfah on his first trip to Israel on Monday.

The "Scream" star was there to shoot a segment for his travel show and ended up having a bar mitzvah ceremony, too.

The 40-year-old actor completed the Jewish rite of passage in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.

Arquette is the youngest of the five acting Arquette siblings: Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and Alexis (who was born Robert).

While their father became a Muslim, their mother was born Jewish, making the children Jewish under religious law.

Jewish boys typically celebrate their bar mitzvah at 13, the age when they are obligated to perform Jewish commandments.

While filming an episode in Jerusalem of his "Mile High" show, which airs on the Travel Channel, Arquette attended a ceremony and was then asked whether he would like to have one as well.

Dressed in an all-white outfit, Arquette read his first Torah portion ever and placed phylacteries on his head and tattooed arm in front of the Western Wall, the lone retaining wall left from the second Jewish Temple compound.

Arquette, who has been elusive during his visit, posted a photo and update on his Twitter account: "I had my bar mitzvah today at the wall. Finally I'm a man."

He later added, "Israel is such a powerful and gorgeous country."

Arquette married actress Courteney Cox three years after meeting her on the set of "Scream" in 1986. In October 2010, they announced they were splitting. They share a daughter, Coco. See photos of the former couple here.

  • CBS News Staff

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