'Night Court' actor Harry Anderson dies at 65

Anderson was best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on “Night Court.”

Asheville police confirm actor Harry Anderson was found dead in his home Monday morning.

The cause of death wasn't disclosed, but Hallingse said no foul play was suspected.

Anderson appeared numerous times on Johnny Carson's version of "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live" during the 1980s and soon became a recurring guest star on "Cheers", playing a swindler and grifter called, not surprisingly, Harry the Hat. Strangely enough, despite the role of Judge Harry Stone seemingly being written for Anderson, producer Reinhold Weege claimed that he had written the role as a man named Harry who loved magic, Mel Torme music and 1940's culture long before Anderson was approached about the part.

As a 1994 profile by NPR noted, Anderson got his break into show business through magic, performing card tricks as a street performer.




Following Night Court, Anderson starred in the sitcom Dave's World, in which he played Dave Barry, the Miami Herald columnist on whom the show was based. The series ran for four years on CBS. He starred in the 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It.

He's survived by 2 children and his wife, Elizabeth Morgan. "I'm going to miss you, Harry".

Markie Post, who played Christine Sullivan on "Night Court", wrote on Twitter, "I am devastated". The interview is in my book Sick In The Head. I was just there last night and talked about how wonderful his magic was. "He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy".

Here is how Anderson's fans remembered his career.

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