Night Court Star Harry Anderson Dies

'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65

Night Court star Harry Anderson dies aged 65 at his home in North Carolina

Actor Harry Anderson, known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the NBC sitcom "Night Court", was found dead in his home in Asheville, North Carolina, on Monday, police say.

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He was born in Newport Rhode Island, and when his family moved to Chicago he was introduced to sleight of hand magic.

Between The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live (where he did a number of stand-up comedy segments during the Eddie Murphy years), and a recurring role on Cheers as con man Harry the Hat, Anderson was a familiar face on NBC, and thus an easy choice in time to be rewarded with his own show.

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"The Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Oregon, seemed like a good place to open a magic store", he said. Guest spots on that show landed Anderson his breakout role in "Night Court" as Judge Stone - a character who, like Anderson, also was a magician.

He became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets of San Francisco for a time. "That's how I made my living, hustling drinks in bars and quarters on the street". After the show ended, he was cast in the lead role in the CBS sitcom "Dave's World", which was based on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. "I was never really an actor", he once said. "I can settle back and do what I want to do". He moved to California at the age of 16 to be with his father. "I hope he is in some magical afterlife doing card tricks with Mel Tormé".

The actor is survived by his wife and two children.

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