John Larroquette
Birth Date:
November 25, 1947
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Night Court


American Emmy Award winning comic actor John Larroquette gained praise for his role of Dan Fielding on the long-running NBC series “Night Court” (1984-1992). For his outstanding acting, he was handed four consecutive Emmy awards (1985 to 1988) and a Golden Globe nomination. Years later, he was put back in the limelight with his impressive role of Joey Heric on the ABC series “The Practice” (1997-2002), from which he picked up his fifth Emmy Award and a Viewers Choice for Quality Television. Larroquette also has had regular roles in the soap “Doctors Hospital” (1975), the WWII action “Black Sheep Squadron” (1976-1978), “The John Larroquette Show” (1993-1996, earned an Emmy nomination), “Happy Family” (2003) and more recently, “Boston Legal” (2007). He is also known for playing Mike McBride in a series of TV films of the same name.

Larroquette's motion picture career has been less successful. He is probably best remembered as a scheming executive in Macaulay Culkin's “Richie Rich” (1994). Other films include “Heart Beat” (1980), his feature debut, “Stripes” (1981), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Blake Edwards' 'Blind Date'” (1987), “Second Sight” (1989), “Madhouse” (1990), “Tune In Tomorrow” (1990), “Kill Your Darling” and “Southland Tales” (both 2006). Larroquette has also performed on stage and made his debut with an L.A production of “The Crucible.”

Outside the spotlight, Larroquette is divorced from first wife Bertie Good. Currently, he is married to Elizabeth Ann Cookson and has three children with her. Larroquette loves collecting rare books. Among his favorite authors are Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Robinson Jeffers, Charles Bukowski and Anthony Burgess. During the 1970s and 1980s, he suffered from alcoholism and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

On the political front, Larroquett is a member of the Libertarian Party. In a television appearance, he stated he nearly left the political party when they nominated Howard Stern for New York's governor.


Childhood and Family:

John Bernard Larroquette was born on November 25, 1947, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, John Edgar Larroquette, served in the U.S Navy, and his mother, Bertha Oramous, worked as a department store clerk. He learned music at an early age and excelled in reed instruments. His love for travel later led to enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

On September 22, 1969, John married Bertie Good, but the marriage ended in divorce. He married Elizabeth Ann Cookson two years later on July 4, 1975. The couple have a daughter, Lisa Katherina Larroquette (born in 1969), and two sons, Jonathan Preston Larroquette (born in 1977) and Benjamin Lawrence Larroquette (born in 1987). John is a fan of the New Orleans Saints football team.



New Orleans, Louisiana, native John Larroquette launched a career in acting after relocating to Los Angeles in 1973. He got his first professional gig in a L.A stage production of “The Crucible.” Previously, he had been known in his homeland as a radio disc jockey and a promotion director for Decca records. For several years, he supported himself by doing TV and film voice-overs, most remarkably as the unaccredited narrator of Tobe Hooper's “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974). Larroquette began landing on-camera gigs in the mid-1970s when he debuted as a regular performer on the short-lived TV series “Doctors Hospital” (1975), playing Dr. Paul Herman. A series of TV guest roles followed before he played Lt. Bob Anderson on “Black Sheep Squadron” (1976-1978), a WWII action series starring Robert Conrad.

Larroquette made his feature acting debut in the Nick Nolte/John Heard docudrama vehicle “Heart Beat” (1980). He then appeared as an X-ray technician in director Ken Russell's “Altered States (1980, starring William Hurt), supported Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in the comedy “Stripes” (1981) and teamed up with Ryan O'Neal in the adventure “Green Ice” (1981). He was then seem with Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell and again Heard in Paul Schrader's “Cat People” (1982). He also acted in such films as “Hysterical” (1983), “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Choose Me” (1984), “Summer Rental” (1985), “Blake Edwards' 'Blind Date'” (1987, as an obsessed former boyfriend of Kim Basinger) and “Second Sight” (1989), which marked his debut as a leading man.

Larroquette also worked on several TV films, including “Convict” (1986) and “Hot Paint” (1987) and appeared in episodes of “Dallas” (1982) and “Remington Steele” (1984). However, the comic actor did not achieve star status until he was cast as libido-driven attorney Dan Fielding on the NBC courtroom sitcom “Night Court,” which ran from 1984 to 1992. Starring alongside Harry Anderson as Judge Harold T. “Harry” Stone and Richard Moll as Baliff Nostradamus 'Bull' Shannon, Larroquette's performance was garnered a wealth of critical appreciation and he was awarded four consecutive Emmys in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 1989, he asked not to be considered for an Emmy because at the time his achievements were a record. The role also brought him a 1988 Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

The early 1990s found John in roles in the movies “Madhouse” (1990), starring with Kirstie Alley as husband and wife, “Tune In Tomorrow” (1990), where he applied his New Orleans accent, and Oliver Stone's “JFK” (1991), in which his part ended up in the director's cut room. After “Night Court” departed the airwaves, Larroquette offered a villainous turn as a calculating executive named Lawrence Van Dough in the Macaulay Culkin starring vehicle “Richie Rich” (1994), a live-action version of the Harvey Comics comic book character. He returned to the TV sitcom territory as John Hemingway in the St. Louis bus terminal-set series “The John Larroquette Show” (NBC, 1993-1996). He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1994. The gifted actor next delivered a standout guest role as Joey Heric, a homosexual accused of killing his companion, on the David E. Kelley long-running crime/drama series “The Practice” episode of “Betrayal” in 1997. He won a 1998 Emmy for his work and returned to the acclaimed show in five more episodes from 1998 to 2002, during which time he also took home a Viewers for Quality Television for Best Recurring Player and an Emmy nomination. Larroquette closed out the decade by appearing in the short-lived comedy series “Payne” (1999).

Larroquette costarred with Kimberly Williams and Scott Cohen in the TV miniseries “The 10th Kingdom” in 2000 and was the host of the Canadian/American show “The Incurable Collector” in 2001. Commenting about hosting a talk show, he said, “I wouldn't mind doing one on a computer screen where you didn't see anybody, you know, but you had just guests from all over the country and you tuned in cyberspace. I think it's the only place left. Do a talk show in cyberspace.”

He also made several TV films, including “The Heart Department” (2001), opposite Felicity Huffman and Tony Shalhoub, and “Till Dad Do Us Part” (also 2001), with Markie Post. After starring with Melissa Peterman on the cunning TV film “Recipe for Disaster” (2003), he was cast in the regular role of the family patriarch, Peter Brennan, on the NBC comedy series “Happy Family” (2003).

In 2005, Larroquette had the title role in the “McBride” series of American TV films, namely “McBride: The Chameleon Murder,” “McBride: Murder Past Midnight,” “McBride: It's Murder, Madam,” “McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out,” “McBride: Tune in for Murder” and “McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty?” He reprised the role for “Requiem” and “Fallen Idol” in 2006 and “Semper Fi” and “Dogged” in 2007. In between, he resurfaced on the big screen with supporting roles in the well-crafted comedy/drama “Kill Your Darling” (2006) and writer/director Richard Kelly's sci-fi thriller “Southland Tales” (also 2006), starring The Rock, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore.

Currently, the 60-year-old performer plays Carl Sack in the James Spader/William Shatner TV vehicle “Boston Legal” (ABC), a spin-off of “The Practice.”


  • Viewers for Quality Television: Q Award, Best Recurring Player, “The Practice,” 1998

  • Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, “The Practice,” 1998

  • Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Night Court,” 1988

  • Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Night Court,” 1987

  • Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Night Court,” 1986

  • Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Night Court,” 1985

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