'Night Court' Actor Harry Anderson Dies at 65

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Harry Anderson died Monday at 65

Asheville police spokesperson Christina Hallingse said no foul play is suspected.

"I owned the club and I would do the show every night", he told the Asheville Citizen-Times in 2011.

Anderson was nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards in the mid-1980s for his portrayal of the eccentric Judge Harry Stone on "Night Court", IMDB says. Mr. Anderson was a eulogist at Mr. Tormé's funeral in 1999.

Judd Apatow said: 'I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious ... he was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy'.

During his Night Court days, Anderson held court - literally - with an incredible ensemble cast: John Larroquette, Markie Post, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson and Marsha Warfield. "I was never really an actor".


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.

An accomplished magician, Anderson made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to show off his skills and was featured in the 1987 magic special, Harry Anderson's Sideshow.

His role as the swindler Harry (the Hat) Gittes on "Cheers" - he appeared in six episodes, four in the first two seasons - led to his break on "Night Court" after he impressed the legendary television executive Brandon Tartikoff. He played the boyish judge as a wise-cracking prankster who also was an amateur magician, like Anderson himself. He became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets of San Francisco for a time.

He was was a talented actor, screenwriter, magician and TV director. For a man who got his start in TV with a guest spot on Saturday Night Live, he went a long way, and he will be missed. They were clearly close. Show creator Reinhold Weege died a little over five years ago aged 62.

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