Who is John Larroquette?
American actor, producer and director John Bernard Larroquette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, on 25 November 1947, making Sagittarius his zodiac sign. He’s had roles in over 100 TV series and movies, but is perhaps still known best for starring as Dan Fielding in the critically acclaimed comedy series “Night Court”, which Reinhold Weege created, and which also starred Richard Moll and Harry Anderson. It follows a fun-loving judge as he’s presiding over an urban night court, the series aired its 193 episodes from 1984 through 1992, and won 12 of its 46 award nominations.
John’s still highly active in the film industry, and has already appeared in four TV series and shows in 2023.
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Education and early life
John was raised in New Orleans by his father John Edgar who served in the US Navy, and mother Berthalla Oramous (nee Helmstetter) who worked at a department store; John’s paternal grandfather John Larroquette Sr. was originally from France, and moved to the US in 1895.
John grew up being interested in music, and learned to play both the clarinet and saxophone while studying at a local elementary school; upon enrolling at Francis T. Nicholls High School, he and his new friends founded the band The New Universal Demonstration for Love, Ecstasy and Sound, aka The N. U. D. L. E. S. John was attending his final year at Francis T. Nicholls when he fell in love with acting, and thus chose to leave music behind him.
He matriculated in 1965, and because he hasn’t spoken about his further education, most of John’s fans believe that he didn’t attend college; he worked as a DJ for the following eight years, then in 1973 moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting.
Roles in movies
John’s debut film role was narrating the critically acclaimed 1974 horror “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”, written and directed by Tobe Hooper, and which starred Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal and Allen Danziger. It follows five friends who’ve embarked on a trip, and have found a deserted house on the way, with a killer with a chainsaw waiting for them; the film won two of its four award nominations.
A couple of John’s following roles were in the 1979 comedy “The 416th”, and in 1980 the action “Stunts Unlimited” and the drama “Heart Beat”. The year 1981 saw him play Captain Stillman in the evergreen war comedy “Stripes”, directed by Ivan Reitman, and which starred Bill Murray, John Candy and Harold Ramis; it follows two friends who’ve decided to join the US Army because they’re bored. Some of John’s other notable performances in the ‘80s were in the 1982 romantic drama “Bare Essence”, the 1985 comedy “Summer Rental”, and the 1989 science fiction mystery comedy “Second Sight”.
In 1991, he played Jerry Johnson in the historical thriller “JFK”, directed by Oliver Stone, and which starred Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Jack Lemmon. The movie’s an investigation into the death of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and it won 19 of its 62 award nominations, including Oscar wins for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. The year 1994 saw John play Laurence Van Dough in the popular family comedy “Richie Rich”, while he was then cast to appear in the 1997 crime drama “The Defenders: Payback”.
What marked the 2000s for John was perhaps portraying Vaughn Smallhouse in the 2006 mystery comedy “Southland Tales”, written and directed by Richard Kelly, and which starred Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seann William Scott. It follows the life of an action star who’s suffering from amnesia, and the movie won one of its four award nominations.
John’s following notable performance was portraying Ray Lapine in the 2017 drama “Camera Store”, written and directed by Scott Marshall Smith, and which starred Angela Jones, Justin Lieberman and Maddie McCormick; it follows a group of people working at a camera store as film is transitioning to digital.
John’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2018 comedy “Three Rivers”, the 2020 comedy “Keep Hope Alive” and the 2022 crime horror thriller “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.
Roles in TV series
John made his debut TV series appearance in the 1975 episode “Steinberg and Son” of the comedy “Sanford and Son”, then from 1976 through 1978, he played 2nd Lieutenant Robert ‘Bob’ Anderson in the popular action adventure “Black Sheep Squadron”, which starred Robert Conrad and Simon Oakland, and follows the adventures of US Major Gregory ‘Pappy’ Boyington who fought with the US Marine Attack Squadron 214 during World War II; the series was nominated for three awards.
John started off the ‘80s by appearing in an episode of the science fiction family comedy “Mork & Mindy”, the drama “Cassie & Co.” and the comedy “Nine to Five”; he spent the decade focused mostly on shooting for the above mentioned series “Night Court”.
From 1993 through 1996, he played John Hemingway in the comedy “The John Larroquette Show”, starring alongside Liz Torres and Daryl Mitchell; the series follows a former alcoholic who’s become the manager of a city bus station, and it won four of its 22 award nominations.
Some of John’s most notable performances in the 2000s were perhaps in the crime mystery “The Practice”, the comedy “Happy Family” and the romantic comedy “Joey”.
From 2014 through 2018, John starred as Jenkins, aka Galahad, in the action adventure comedy “The Librarians”, created by John Rogers, and which also starred Rebecca Romijn and Christian Kane; it follows a group of librarians as they’re searching for an ancient artifact, and the series was nominated for 10 awards.
John’s three most recent roles in TV series have been in five episodes of the 2019 action adventure “Blood & Treasure”, five episodes of the 2020 crime drama “The Good Fight”, and 14 episodes of the 2023 comedy “Night Court”.
John has four producing and five directing credits, while some of his most notable directing work was the 2006 mystery movie “McBride: Fallen Idol”, the 2007 “McBride: Semper Fi”, and the same year “McBride: Dogged”.
Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “Today”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “Dish Nation”.
Awards and nominations
John’s won six of his 19 award nominations. He won five Primetime Emmys from 1985 through 1998 for his performances in “Night Court” (x4) and “The Practice”, and for the latter he also won a 1998 Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player.
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Love life and relationships
John rarely speaks about his love life in interviews, but it’s still widely known that he’s been married to his second wife for close to five decades now. He had previously been married to Bertie Good; they exchanged vows on 22 September 1969, but the date of their divorce remains undisclosed.
He met American stage actress Elizabeth Ann Cookson in 1974, when they appeared together in the play “Enter Laughing”; they married on 4 July 1975, in a small and private ceremony, and Elizabeth has given birth to their two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan. Elizabeth also has a daughter from a previous relationship, whom John’s adopted.
John hasn’t spoken about other women whom he’s maybe dated, he’s married to his second wife Elizabeth Ann Cookson as of April 2023, and they have two sons together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
John was an alcoholic throughout the ‘70s, but has been sober since 6 February 1982.
John loved to play Nintendo Game Boy while shooting for “Night Court”, and his favorite video game was “Super Mario Land”.
He’s not a fan of horror movies, and though he’s narrated several, he’s yet to watch any of them.
John’s a fan of football, and his favorite team’s the New Orleans Saints of National Football League (NFL).
His favorite actor’s Jack Nicholson, while some of his favorite movies include “Anger Management”, “Mars Attacks!” and “The Pledge”.
Height, eyes and wealth
John’s age is 75. His eyes are brown and hair’s grey, he’s 6ft 4ins (1.94m) tall and weighs around 200lbs (92kgs).
John’s net worth’s been estimated at over $9 million, as of April 2023.