Published: Tue, April 17, 2018

Night Court Star Harry Anderson Passes Away

Night Court Star Harry Anderson Passes Away

Anderson was found dead in his Asheville, N.C., home on Monday morning at 6:41 a.m.an Asheville Police spokeswoman told Fox News.

Anderson, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on October 14, 1952.

Neil Patrick Harris revealed that he recently bought magic memorabilia from Anderson, including a phone booth with the actor's name on it.

Celebrities, co-stars and fans took to Twitter to remember Night Court actor Harry Anderson, who died Monday at age 65.

"The last time Harry Anderson played Comedy Magic Club, I opened for him", actress Cristela Alonzo wrote. Anderson said he never planned on becoming an actor.

He was best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift in the TV comedy series "Night Court".

In 1990, Anderson starred in Stephen King's "It", the ABC miniseries.

From there, he went on to star in Night Court for nine seasons, which ran from 1984 to 1992. "I guess they figured I was an actor", he told the Bradenton Herald.


"Cheers' was my first acting job, but it was basically the character I had developed on the street", he said.

Anderson also infamously aired his grievances about living in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, with the re-election of Ray Nagin as mayor of New Orleans among them.

After Night Court came to an end, Anderson starred in the CBS sitcom Dave's World, based on the comedic writings of humor columnist Dave Barry.

Dave's World creator Dave Barry paid tribute, sharing, " I'm very sorry to learn of the death of Harry Anderson.

Anderson had a devoted following among fellow performers. He closed the venue, left New Orleans and moved to Asheville.

Before "Night Court", Anderson played Harry, a small-time con man and semi-regular patron at the bar in "Cheers".

"I had more people in my auto last night", Mr. Anderson said, a reference to the thin crowd at Oswald's.

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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