Nov. 25th, 1947
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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John Larroquette (born November 25,1947) in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Berthalla Oramous (née Helmstetter), a department store clerk, and John Edgar Larroquette, who was in the U.S. Navy. He grew up in the Ninth ward of New Orleans not far from the French Quarter. He played clarinet and saxophone through childhood but quit when he discovered acting. He moved to Hollywood in 1973 after working in radio and the record business. Larroquette has three children with his wife, Elizabeth Ann Cookson. One of his sons, Jonathan Larroquette, co-hosts a popular comedy podcast called Uhh Yeah Dude.
In the seventies and eighties, Larroquette battled alcoholism. On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 10, 2007 he joked, "I was known to have a cocktail or 60". He had also revealed that he'd suffered from blackouts when drinking, a condition he describes as "horrible". To illustrate the severity of these blackouts, he told Leno about one experience he had while drinking in which he woke up from a nap, realizing he was on a plane and had no idea where it was headed, and was too embarrassed to ask. (He eventually found out the plane was headed from Los Angeles to his hometown of New Orleans.)
Hobbies and interests
Larroquette enjoys collecting rare books. Authors whose works he has focused on include Samuel Beckett, Charles Bukowski, Anthony Burgess, William Burroughs and Robinson Jeffers. He is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints.
Larroquette's first role was uncredited, as a U.S. soldier in Follow Me, Boys! (1966). He also provided the opening voiceover narration for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). His most memorable non-comedy role was in the 1970s NBC program Baa Baa Black Sheep where he portrayed a WWII U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot named 2nd Lt. Bob Anderson. Larroquette first broke into TV on the soap opera Doctors' Hospital. In a 1975 appearance on Sanford and Son, Larroquette plays Lamont's counterpart in a fictitious sitcom based on Fred and Lamont called "Steinberg and Son". During the filming of Stripes (1981), his nose was nearly cut off in an accident. He was running down a hall into a door which was supposed to open, but it didn't, and his head went through the window in the door.
Larroquette is perhaps best known for his role as boorish, sex-obsessed attorney Dan Fielding on Night Court, a role for which he won Emmy Awards in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988. In 1989, he asked not to be considered for an Emmy. His four consecutive wins were, at the time, a record. Night Court ran on NBC from 1984 until 1992. Only Larroquette, Harry Anderson (as Judge Harry Stone), and Richard Moll (as Bull Shannon) appeared in every episode of the series.
The John Larroquette Show, other roles
Larroquette later starred on The John Larroquette Show as the character John Hemingway. The show was lauded by critics and enjoyed a loyal cult following. In 1998, he guest-starred on three episodes of the legal drama The Practice. His portrayal of Joey Heric, a wealthy, wisecracking, narcissistic psychopath with a habit of stabbing his gay lovers to death, won him his fifth Emmy Award. He reprised the role for one episode in 2002, for which he was once again Emmy-nominated. He also appeared in an episode of The West Wing as Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel.
His starring roles include the 1989 movie Second Sight, with Bronson Pinchot, and Madhouse, with Kirstie Alley. Other movies Larroquette had significant roles in include: Blind Date, Stripes, Meatballs Part II, Summer Rental, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, JFK, and Richie Rich.
McBride, Boston Legal, and other roles
In 2003, Larroquette narrated the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. From 2004 to 2006, he played the title role in the McBride series of American TV movies. In 2007 he joined the cast of Boston Legal playing Carl Sack, a serious, ethical lawyer (the polar opposite of his more famous lawyer character, Dan Fielding). He also guest starred in the drama House where he played a previously catatonic father awakened to try to save his son, and on Chuck as veteran spy Roan Montgomery. He has also made two voice roles in Phineas and Ferb for Bob Weber, for a lifeguard as well as a man to marry his wife and the boy's aunt Tiana Weber in another episode.
Most recently John Larroquette has been seen on CSI:New York as police Chief Carver, making his first appearance on the show November 12, 2010.
- Collects leather-bound first editions and fountain pens. Also enjoys photography and art.
- Likes ScharffenBerger's gourmet chocolate.
- Developed his distinctively refined speech pattern so he could work in radio. As a young man, he spoke with a traditional New Orleans style.
- His role as a 'Johnny Carson (I)' (qv)-style talk show host was omitted from the theatrical version of _JFK (1991)_ (qv) but restored in the director's cut on video/DVD. He actually wrote a letter to Carson just to inform him he was playing the part, and Carson appreciated the gesture.
- Served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
- Had a bout of alcoholism during the 1970s and 1980s. Correction: He is a self-admitted, recovering alcoholic. He has stated this on numerous talk shows, especially when he got his own show, and the character he was playing was a recovering alcoholic.
- In 1989, asked that his work not be submitted for more Emmy consideration after his fourth consecutive win for best supporting actor in a comedy series. At the time, four consecutive wins was a record.
- Has his own home recording studio.