John Larroquette was born on November 25, 1947.
As of April 14, 2021, he is 73 years old.
Larroquette was born in New Orleans, Lousiana, and grew up in the Ninth Ward, near the city’s famed French Quarter.
Although he would later build a strong following and towering profile (literally and figuratively), his first acting credit came as the voiceover for the opening scene to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
From there, Larroquette landed a regular role on Baa Baa Black Sheep in the early 1970s.
A series of guest appearances and minor movie roles followed throughout the rest of the 1970s, ranging from a quick hit on Sanford and Son to silver screen moments on files like Stripes and Cat People.
It wasn’t until Larroquette landed the role of prosecuting attorney Dan Fielding on Night Court in 1984. There, alongside Harry Anderson (Judge Harry Stone) and opposite Markie Post (Christine Sullivan) and Ellen Foley (Billie Young), Larroquette unleashed his quiet brand of biting humor that made his Fielding a smarmy and slimy — yet somehow beloved — television classic.
When the series ended in 1992, producers approached Larroquette about a Fielding spinoff, but the actor put the kibosh on those plans.
Instead, Larroquette launched himself into the eponymous The John Laroquette Show, another sitcom, in which he played John Hemingway, new night shift manager of an urban bus terminal … and also a recovering alcoholic.
When The John Laroquette Show ended in 1996, Larroquette kept right on acting, appearing in countless movies and television series — sometimes as a regular — over the ensuing three decades.
Late in 2020, word leaked that Larroquette would headline a reboot of Night Court, undoubtedly his most popular television venture of all time. There, Larroquette will revive his role of Dan Fielding, though he’ll have to do it without old buddy and foil Anderson, who died of influenza at the age of 65 in 2018.