'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

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Harry Anderson, an actor best known for his role in the sitcom "Night Court", has died at the age of 65. Police noted that "no foul play is suspected".

Harry Anderson at Comic Relief in Universal City, California, in March 1986.

Anderson grew up not necessarily wanting to be an actor, but a magician. His stage name was Harry the Hat for the fedora he habitually wore. The affection for Torme was woven into his TV alter ego, Judge Harry Stone, a quirky character who ruled the bench at a Manhattan night court. Occasionally, they tried a case or two. Anderson earned three Emmy nominations for his performance.

Following his role as lovable Judge Stone, Anderson took up the part of columnist Dave Barry in the CBS comedy Dave's World. "I respect my mother; she was very concerned with taking care of us", he said.

Anderson made guest appearances on several TV shows and appeared in several pilots after "Dave's World" ended.

Outside of his career in acting, Anderson was an accomplished magician, the owner of both a magic shop (dubbed Sideshow) and a nightclub (called Oswald's Speakeasy) in New Orleans' French Quarter, and a massive fan of the jazz singer Mel Torne - an affection that helped influence his Night Court character. By 16, he had lived in many cities including Chicago, New York, St. Louis and New Orleans. I was just there last night and talked about how wonderful his magic was.

Anderson had a devoted following among fellow performers.

Anderson, who was also a talented magician, got his start on television with a number of appearances on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, as well as a recurring role as Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers. "He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy", filmmaker Judd Apatow wrote. "I don't understand why guys have that Don Knotts syndrome of having to be out there".

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Morgan, and two children from his first marriage, to Leslie Pollack: Eva Fay Anderson and Dashiell Anderson.



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