Harry Anderson, the amiable actor who starred in comedy “Night Court” for nine seasons, was found dead at his home in Asheville, N.C.
Although the cause of death is unknown, no foul play is suspected as Anderson was found at his home by police officers early Monday.
Anderson was a magician-turned-actor, Judge Harry Stone, a quirky character who ruled the bench at a Manhattan night court.
Three consecutive Emmy nominations were earned for his hard work on the show from 1985-1987.
After he guest starred as grifter Harry “the Hat” Gittes on NBC’s “Cheers” in the early 1980s Anderson national attention quickly grew.
Anderson played a goofy but big-hearted judge on “Night Court” encountering a host of oddball characters and cases each week.
John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson, Marsha Warfield and Markie Post also starred in the series.
Anderson also wrote or co-wrote five episodes during its long run as well as directing two episodes of the series.
Anderson co-starred as columnist Dave Barry in the CBS comedy “Dave’s World,” which ran for four seasons following the series “Night Court”.
In 2000 Harry moved to New Orleans to open the nightclub Oswald’s Speakeasy, where he performed a mix of comedy and magic.
In 2002 Anderson was a guest in FX’s “Son of the Beach” and in 2008 appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock.”
He stayed away from Hollywood for the majority of the time, moving to North Carolina in 2006 after New Orleans hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Anderson reportedly had a difficult childhood and moved frequently with his mother, at 16 he moved to California to be with his father.
On the streets of San Francisco, he became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets for a period of time.
In the early 80’s he connected with an agent when he made his way to L.A.’s famed Magic Castle.
Around this time he made several appearances on “Saturday Night Live” after he became a star following “Night Court” Anderson hosted “SNL” in 1985.
Other credits include guest shots on “Tales From the Crypt” and HBO’s “Tanner ’88,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” and “The John Larroquette Show” and in 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.”
Take a look at the video of “Night Court” below.
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