A native of New Orleans, John Larroquette has been acting in films and television since the 1970s. In the reboot of Night Court, Larroquette reprises his role as Dan Fielding from the original, a performance that has earned him four Primetime Emmy Awards. In the revival pilot, Dan, no longer a district attorney, works as a bailiff before being convinced by Abby Stone to return to court as a public defender. Larroquette was initially apprehensive about reprising his role, but was ultimately intrigued by the idea of exploring how his character had developed. “How many times does an actor get a chance to replay a character they played three and a half decades ago?” he said during a TV Line interview.
Larroquette began as a narrator in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974. In the late 1970s, he had small roles in several television shows, including Kojak, Doctor’s Hospital, and Black Sheep Squadron. His first major film role came in 1981 when he played Captain Stillman in the Bill Murray war comedy Stripes. In the 1980s, in addition to his role in Night Court, he played the Klingon officer Maltz in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and was also in the “Time Out” segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
After “Night Court,” Larroquette got his own sitcom about a night shift at NBC: “The John Larroquette Show,” in which he played recovering alcoholic John Hemingway. After the show’s cancellation after four seasons, he continued to appear on television regularly, appearing on shows such as The West Wing, The Practice, Arrested Development, and House. Before reprising the role of Dan Fielding, Larroquette appeared as Gavin Firth on The Good Fight.