John Larroquette

John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American actor. His roles include attorney Dan Fielding on the 1984-1992 sitcom Night Court (winning an unprecedented four consecutive Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series), Mike McBride in the Hallmark Channel series McBride, John Hemingway on The John Larroquette Show, and Carl Sack in Boston Legal. He recently played Jenkins/Galahad in TNT's The Librarians.

John Larroquette
Larroquette in 2011
Born
John Bernard Larroquette

(1947-11-25) November 25, 1947
OccupationActor
Years active1974present
TelevisionNight Court, The John Larroquette Show, The Librarians
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Ann Cookson (m. 1975)
Children3

Personal life

Larroquette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Berthalla Oramous (née Helmstetter), a department store clerk who mostly sold children's clothes, and John Edgar Larroquette Jr., who was in the United States Navy.[1] His grandfather, John Larroquette Sr., was born in France and emigrated to the United States in 1895.

Larroquette grew up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, near the French Quarter. He played clarinet and saxophone through childhood and into high school, where he and some friends organized a band they called The N.U.D.E.L.E.S (The New Universal Demonstration for Love, Ecstasy and Sound). He discovered acting in his senior year of high school at Francis T. Nicholls High School.

He moved to Hollywood in 1973 after working in radio as DJ during the early days of 'underground' radio, when each disc jockey was free to play what they wished. Larroquette met his wife Elizabeth Ann Cookson in 1974 while working in the play Enter Laughing. They were married July 4, 1975, as that was the only day they had off from rehearsals.[2] They have three children, Lisa, Jonathan, and Ben. Their son Jonathan co-hosts a comedy podcast called "Uhh Yeah Dude".

Larroquette battled alcoholism from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 10, 2007, he joked, "I was known to have a cocktail or 60." He stopped drinking February 6, 1982.[3]

Career

Early career

His first acting role in Hollywood was providing the opening voiceover narration for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Larroquette did this as a favor for the film's director Tobe Hooper. His first series regular role was in the 1970s NBC program Baa Baa Black Sheep, where he portrayed a World War II United States Marine Corps fighter pilot 2nd Lt. Bob Anderson.

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 ran down a hall into a door that was supposed to open but did not, and his head went through the window in the door.[4]

Night Court (19841992)

Larroquette is best known for his role as Dan Fielding on Night Court; the character was initially rather conservative, but changed after the sitcom's creator Reinhold Weege came to learn more about Larroquette's sense of humor.[3][2] The role won him Emmy Awards in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988. In 1989, he asked not to be considered for an Emmy Award.[5]

His four consecutive wins were, at the time, a record. Night Court ran on NBC from 1984 until 1992. After his fourth win, he asked the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to stop considering him for the award. Larroquette, Harry Anderson (as Judge Harry Stone), and Richard Moll (as bailiff Bull Shannon) appeared in every episode of the series. There was talk of spinning Dan Fielding off into his own show, but Larroquette said no to the idea.[3]

The John Larroquette Show

Instead of a spinoff, Larroquette and Don Reo developed a show revolving around some of Larroquette's own personal demons, particularly alcoholism. The John Larroquette Show, named by the insistence of NBC, starred Larroquette as the character John Hemingway. The show was lauded by critics, but failed to attract the prime-time audience, ranking around #97 for most of the first season. NBC threatened cancellation; however, Larroquette and Reo were granted the chance to retool the series, which saw it carry on for just over two more seasons. The show has a loyal cult following, although the series has never received an official release from NBC.

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 Award-nominated. He also appeared in an episode of The West Wing as Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel.

In 2003, Larroquette reprised his narration for the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. From 2004-06, he played the title role in the McBride series of American television films. 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 had voice roles in Phineas and Ferb as Bob Weber, as a lifeguard, as well as a man to marry his wife and the boy's aunt Tiana Weber in another episode. Most recently, Larroquette has been seen as a regular on The Librarians as Jenkins (actually the long-lived Camelot knight Sir Galahad), who provides support to the Librarians as a researcher and caretaker.

In 2019, he appears in a recurring role in then series, Blood & Treasure, as Jacob "Jay" Reece, a billionaire and father figure to a main character, Danny.

Film

His starring roles include the 1989 film Second Sight with Bronson Pinchot, and Madhouse with Kirstie Alley. Other films in which Larroquette had significant roles include: Blind Date, Stripes, Meatballs Part II, Summer Rental, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, JFK and Richie Rich.. He also starred in Demon Knight at the beginning, as a hackman; he received no credit.

Theatre

Larroquette made his musical stage debut in the Los Angeles production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! as Old Max in 2009. He made his Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as J B. Biggley alongside Daniel Radcliffe.[3] He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the show.[6]

He also appeared on Broadway in a revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man; the all-star cast also included James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Mark Blum, Eric McCormack, Jefferson Mays, and Michael McKean, who needed to be replaced after suffering a car accident during the run of the show.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1966Follow Me, Boys!Army Soldier in War GamesUncredited
1974The Texas Chain Saw MassacreNarrator
1980Altered StatesX-ray Technician
1980Heart BeatTV Talk Show Host
1981Green IceClaude
1981StripesCapt. Stillman
1982Cat PeopleBronte Judson
1983HystericalBob X. Cursion
1983Twilight Zone: The MovieK.K.K.
1984Star Trek III: The Search for SpockMaltz
1984Choose MeBilly Ace
1984Meatballs 2Lt. Felix Foxglove
1985 LifeforceNarratorUnconfirmed
1985Summer RentalDon Moore
1987Blind DateDavid Bedford
1989Second SightWills
1990MadhouseMark Bannister
1990Tune in TomorrowDoctor Albert Quince
1991JFKJerry Johnson
1994Richie RichLawrence Van Dough
1995Demon KnightSlasherUncredited
2000Isn't She GreatMaury Manning
2003The Texas Chainsaw MassacreNarrator
2003Beethoven's 5thMayor Harold Herman
2006The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningNarratorUncredited
2006Southland TalesVaughn Smallhouse
2006 Kill Your DarlingsDr. Bangley
2007The Rapture of the Athlete Assumed Into HeavenThe ReporterShort Film
2009Green Lantern: First FlightTomar-ReVoice-Over
2010GunSam Boedecker
2010Sudden Death!Commander JenkinsShort Film
2011InventorsProfessor MorascoShort Film
2015F.Y.D.Frank Reese (voice)Short Film
2016Camera StoreRay LaPine
2020Keep Hope AliveBernie LoewensteinExpected January 1st 2020

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975Doctors' HospitalDr. Paul HermanUnknown episodes
1975Sanford and SonMurray SteinbergEpisode: "Steinberg and Son"
1975KojakSailorEpisode: "How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars"
1975Ellery QueenBellhopEpisode: "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse"
1976 Rich Man, Poor ManBaroneEpisode: "Part IV: Chapter 6"
1978Greatest Heroes of the BibleCurrently UnknownEpisode: "Joseph in Egypt"
1976–1978Baa Baa Black Sheep2nd Lt. Robert "Bob" Anderson29 episodes
1979Three's CompanyCopEpisode: "Jack Moves Out"
1979Fantasy IslandValeryEpisode: "The Inventor/On the Other Side"
1979The 416thLt. Jackson MacCalveyTelevision movie
1980 Stunts UnlimitedLeading ManTelevision movie
1981Mork & MindyBaba HopeEpisode: "Alienation"
1982DallasPhillip Colton2 episodes
1982Cassie & Co.Currently UnknownEpisode: "Lover Come Back"
1982Bare EssenceArthur WilliamsTelevision movie
1982 Nine to FiveCurrently UnknownEpisode: "Dick Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
1983The Last NinjaArmy OfficerTelevision movie
1984Remington SteeleNathan FittsEpisode: "Breath of Steele"
1984–1992Night CourtReinhold Daniel Fielding Elmore193 episodes
1986ConvictedDouglas ForbesTelevision movie
1988Hot PaintGusTelevision movie
1991One Special VictoryBoTelevision movie
1995Dave's WorldDave's lawyerEpisode: "Health Hath No Fury"
1993–1996The John Larroquette ShowJohn Hemingway84 episodes
1997The Defenders: PaybackMichael LaneTelevision movie
1997–2002The PracticeJoey Heric5 episodes
1999PayneRoyal Payne9 episodes
2000The 10th KingdomTony Lewis10 episodes
2000The West WingLionel TribbeyEpisode: "And It's Surely to Their Credit"
2001Walter and HenryWalterTelevision movie
2001The Heart DepartmentDr. Fred BiskinTelevision movie
2001Till Dad Do Us PartGavin CorbettTelevision movie
2001The Incurable CollectorHostTV series
2002CorsairsBrandon CorsairTelevision movie
2003Recipe for DisasterPatrick KordaTelevision movie
2003–2004Happy FamilyPeter Brennan22 episodes
2004Wedding DazeJack LandryTelevision movie
2005–2008McBrideMike McBride10 television movies
2005Kitchen ConfidentialChef GerardEpisode: "Dinner Date with Death"
2005JoeyBenjamin Lockwood2 episodes
2006Arrested DevelopmentJohn LarroquetteEpisode: "S.O.B.s"
2006HouseGabriel WozniakEpisode: "Son of Coma Guy"
2007–2008The BatmanMirror Master (voice)2 episodes
2007–2008Boston LegalCarl Sack33 episodes
2008–2011ChuckRoan Montgomery2 episodes
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRandall CarverEpisode: "Anchor"
2009 The StormBud McGrathMiniseries; 2 episodes
2009–2010Phineas and FerbUncle Bob (voice)2 episodes
2010Parks and RecreationFrank BeckersonEpisode: "Galentine's Day"
2010Pleading GuiltyMartin GoldTelevision movie
2010White CollarDonovanEpisode: "In the Red"
2010CSI: NYChief Ted Carver3 episodes
201015 MinutesDavid SloanTelevision movie
2011Late Show with David LettermanJ.B. BiggleyEpisode: "How to Succeed in Business Without Trying"
2012Pound PuppiesMayor (voice)Episode: "Squawk"
2013DeceptionSen. Dwight Haverstock9 episodes
2014Almost HumanDr. Nigel VaughnEpisode: "Unbound"
2014–2018The LibrariansJenkins42 episodes
2015The BrinkRobert Kittredge7 episodes
2017–2018Me, Myself & IOlder Alex Riley13 episodes
2018Murphy BrownJudge Nate CampbellEpisode: "A Lifetime of Achievement"
2018Three RiversBeauTelevision Movie
2019The Twilight ZonePresident James StevensEpisode: "The Wunderkind"
2019Blood & TreasureJacob Whitman Reece III05 Episodes
2020The Good FightGavin Firth

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1985Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNight CourtWon
1986Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
1987Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
1988Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
1990American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Male in a Television SeriesNominated
1994Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe John Larroquette ShowNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesNominated
1995Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesNominated
1998Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe PracticeWon
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Recurring PlayerWon
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2011Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingWon
Tony AwardsBest Performance by a Featured Actor in a MusicalWon
2015Saturn AwardsBest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionThe LibrariansNominated

References

  1. "John Larroquette Biography (1947-)". filmreference.com.
  2. Henderson, Kathy. "John Larroquette on Succeeding on Broadway and Looking Down on Daniel Radcliffe". broadway.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. Richard Ouzounian (2011-04-01). "John Larroquette: This is a Dark Ride". thestar.com. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  4. "20 Questions", Playboy, April 1990.
  5. AV Club "Random Roles: John Larroquette", June 5, 2008 Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Tony nominations announced, broadwayworld.com, May 3, 2011.
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