John was nominated along with his Boston Legal castmates for a SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2008.
John quit school after high school and spent several years working as a radio DJ afterwards.
In 1989, John appeared in a TV commercial for Holiday Inn.
He likes to eat Scharffen Berger's gourmet chocolate.
In between takes on the set of "Night Court," John liked playing Super Mario Land on Nintendo Game Boy.
John has his own recording studio at home.
John enjoys art and photography.
He collects fountain pens and leather-bound first editions in his spare time.
John served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
John stands 6'4" (1.93 meters) tall.
Hailing from New Orleans, John is an avid New Orleans Saints fan.
As a child, John played reed instruments.
John is a registered member of the Libertarian party. When they nominated Howard Stern for governor of New York, John almost quit the party.
John and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Cookson, have three children.
John's four consecutive Emmy Award wins were a record at that time (late 1980s).
While starring in Night Court, John appeared in a public service announcement about alcoholism for NBC's The More You Know campaign.
He battled alcoholism during the seventies and eighties.
In order to pursue a radio career, he learned to speak in what has become his own distinctive manner, thus losing his New Orleans accent.
In 1989, after his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (his sixth win in any category) broke the existing record, he requested that his work no longer be submitted for consideration. This did not prevent him from accepting the 1988 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy (again for Night Court) or, in 1998, yet another Emmy, this time for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his guest appearances in The Practice.
John: Be careful out there. There are things that go bump in the night. Actually, there are things that go 'Give me your wallet or I'll kill you' in the night.
John: Libertarians are serious people with important ideas.
John: Thinking fascinates me, and I probably spend too much time in my mind. My wife says that my perfect world is to be in the Suburban driving, with her next to me and the boys in the back seat and complete silence for two thousand miles.
John: Good acting comes from finding the essence of a character.
John: (when accepting his third Emmy Award) I guess this means I really like Sally Field.
John: I sincerely believe that television shows exist to sell soap boxes.
John: (after his fourth consecutive Emmy win) Now I'm officially overwhelmed.
John: The medium doesn't matter. I'd like to be doing quality acting in a quality role and making as many people as possible happy.
John: When I call myself an artist, please realize I do this with my tongue firmly implanted in my cheek...