For more than three decades, we’ve known John Larroquette best as the witty, five-time Emmy-winning star of Night Court, The John Larroquette Show, The Librarians and his new CBS series Me, Myself & I.

Now, John opens up during an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly and shares that, after growing up as the only child of a divorced mom and living through drug addiction and alcoholism, the most important role to him is being a devoted husband for 42 years and father of three to his kids, Lisa, 47, Jonathan, 40, and Ben, 30.

“I grew up without a dad, raised primarily by women, such as my mother, grandmother and aunt, so I came to fatherhood without any sort of owner’s manual or instructions at all,” John, 69, reveals to Closer. “I took being a father very seriously. I love my children for eternity, try to help them as much as I can and still allow them to be themselves.”

“I still want to hug and play in the pool with them, and they don’t really go for that anymore. I don’t know what it’s like to have a father, and sometimes I want to talk to them about it, but they can’t be objective — I’m their father. I love them deeply.”

Now, approaching his 70th birthday on November 25, John tells Closer he sometimes still can’t believe he made it. “The fact that I survived the ’60s, my drug addiction and alcoholism, every birthday is like, ‘Hey! Way to go dude! You didn’t expect to get here, did you?’ And that’s the truth. I didn’t expect to get here.”

As for what’s next for the actor? Spending time with his wife, Elizabeth. “There was a lot of time apart because of the logistics of raising a family and maintaining a career. We’re now a couple again and try to find the pleasure in that,” he tells Closer.

And possibly taking some time to write. “Maybe some stories of my childhood, strictly in a very fantastical and fictional form. I have not had the discipline to do it, so if that happens, it does. If it doesn’t, I’ll just go fishing,” he quips.


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