'Night Court' star Harry Anderson dies at 65

Lula Sharp
April 17, 2018

Anderson, 65, was found dead in his North Carolina home by police Monday morning. The statement said foul play is not suspected.

The actor is best known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992. He starred in several other TV specials and shows, including roles on "Saturday Night Live" and "Cheers".

Judd Apatow paid tribute on Monday afternoon, tweeting: "I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious". Anderson earned three Emmy nominations for his performance.

He performed as a street magician in San Francisco when he was 17 and also appearing at clubs like Dante Magic Club and the Magic Castle under the stage name "Harry the Hat", in reference to the trademark fedora he wore on stage.

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Following his stint on Night Court, he played the lead role of Dave Barry in "Dave's World" from 1993 to 97. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head.

Upon hearing the news, fellow comedic actor and magician Neil Patrick Harris called Anderson "one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up". I loved this guy even though I had never met him. They named the character Harry so I'd keep in mind to react when someone said my name. "He was a very talented guy, and, more important, a genuinely nice guy".

"Anderson is survived by two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack, and by his current wife Elizabeth Morgan".

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