Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame found dead in NC

Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame found dead in NC

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - Asheville police confirm actor Harry Anderson was found dead in his home Monday morning. All authorities are saying is that no foul play is suspected. 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. Richard Moll played the court's iconic bailiff, Bull. The sitcom was a mainstay of NBC from 1984 to 1992. He was nominated for three Emmys for his work on the show. 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.

Fans may remember Anderson for his role in "Night Court", but it was hardly his only acting job.

Following his stint on Night Court, he played the lead role of Dave Barry in "Dave's World" from 1993 to 97. The series ran for four years on CBS. He also starred as adult version of Richie Tozier in ABC's miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It. He became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets of San Francisco for a time. "I tip my hat to you, my friend". My honest condolences to his family.

'I loved this guy even though I had never met him, ' tweeted Chris Hardwick shortly after the news broke. And what I want to do is card tricks and magic.' That includes magic shows for corporate clients ("Fifty-five minutes with applause", says Anderson) at $20,000 a pop. An early fan was the actor and writer Judd Apatow, who interviewed Anderson in 1983, before "Night Court" went on the air, for his book "Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy". "He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy".

Barry said on Twitter that Anderson "was a very talented guy, and, more important, a genuinely nice guy".

Here are a number of other memories stars have posted to honor Anderson's life and legacy.

Anderson was age 65, and survived by his wife of 18 years Elizabeth Morgan.

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