JOHN LARROQUETTE Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: John Bernard Larroquette                                                             
Born: 25 November 1947 New Orleans, Louisiana                                               
John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American Emmy Award-winning         
film and television actor. His best known roles include Dan Fielding on the                 
series Night Court and Mike McBride in McBride. He joined the cast of Boston               
Legal in fall 2007.                                                                         
Larroquette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana the son of Bertha Oramous (née             
Helmstetter), a department store clerk, and John Edgar Larroquette, who was                 
in the U.S. Navy. He played reed instruments as a child and moved to Los                   
Angeles, California in 1973.                                                               
Larroquette's first role was uncredited, as an Army soldier in Follow Me, Boys!             
(1966). He also had an uncredited role as the narrator of 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 Luke Witkowski.                                                                       
Larroquette first broke into TV on the soap opera Doctors' Hospital, and may be             
best known for his role as boorish, sex-obsessed 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, and Richard Moll (as Bull Shannon) appeared in every episode of             
the series.                                                                                 
Larroquette later starred on The John Larroquette Show as the character John               
Hemmingway. 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.     
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.                                                 
During the filming of Stripes, 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.                                           
In 2003, Larroquette narrated the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this               
time fully credited. From 2004 to 2006, he played the title role in the McBride             
series of American TV movies. In June 2007, The Insider reported that                       
Larroquette was set to join the cast of Boston Legal.