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, 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. He also appeared on an episode of The West Wing as Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel, and later on an Episode of the show House.
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.
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. He currently stars as Carl Sack in the TV series Boston Legal. 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. Celebrity News, Gossip, Photos, Videos and more on The Insider
Larroquette was born and raised in New Orleans, LA in the middle ninth ward. He lived in New Orleans until he was 22. He returned there after Hurricane Katrina and found the home in which he lived until age 12. He stated that returning to New Orleans after the hurricane was like returning to a post-apocalyptic world.
His cell phone number is reputedly 310-691-6496. This number was given to the title character Boxer Santaros, portrayed by actor Dwayne Johnson (also known as WWE wrestler "The Rock") in the movie Southland Tales, and he calls it and reaches Larroquette's character, Vaughn Smallhouse. If one calls it in real life, one gets a voice mail for John Larroquette (though the voice identifying him is not his), though it may not be a phone number he actively uses.
A rumor circulated on the internet that Larroquette suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS); Larroquette once did serve as a spokesman for the disease; however, on January 14, 2008, while appearing as a guest on The Bob Rivers Show on KZOK he stated that the IBS rumor was completely false. He noted this falsehood again on March 28, 2008 during the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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 black outs when drinking, a condition he describes as 'horrible'. To illustrate the severity of these black outs, 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. He said that he was too embarrassed to ask where they were headed. (He eventually found out the plane was headed from Los Angeles to his hometown of New Orleans.)
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 has appeared on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on numerous occasions, as well as several appearances on both David Letterman's shows. He has hosted Saturday Night Live twice. He also won another Emmy Award for his guest spot on "The Practice."
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