Harry Anderson, quirky Judge Harry Stone on 'Night Court,' dies at 65

Harry Anderson, 'Night Court' star, dead at 65: report

'Night Court' judge Harry Anderson dies at 65

Night Court actor Harry Anderson died Monday morning in Asheville, N.C., the Asheville Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Asheville police responded to Anderson's home before 8 a.m. Monday, according to the local CBS station. "No foul play is suspected".

He also appeared on "Cheers", starred as humorist Dave Barry on the 1990s show "Dave's World" and played Richie Tozier in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's "It".

Anderson's street magic act led to a guest spot on "Saturday Night Live", where he grabbed the attention of a producer for the sitcom "Cheers".

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Judd Apatow said: 'I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious ... he was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy'. He became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets of San Francisco for a time. Anderson earned three Emmy nominations for his work on the show. He played the boyish judge as a wise-cracking prankster who also was an amateur magician, like Anderson himself. They named the character Harry so I'd keep in mind to react when someone said my name.

Anderson was then offered the lead in the sitcom Dave's World, which ran from 1993 to 1997. "That's how I made my living, hustling drinks in bars and quarters on the street". "I am richer than Davy Crockett", Mr. Anderson said.

The Associated Press, quoting a 2002 People magazine story, said Anderson disappeared from Hollywood and resurfaced as the owner of a New Orleans magic shop. "I don't understand why guys have that Don Knotts syndrome of having to be out there". He sold his home in Pasadena, Calif., and moved back to New Orleans, where he had lived in the 1970s. He often performed a one-man show - a mix of magic and humor - until Hurricane Katrina swept through.

The late actor is survived by two children and his wife, Elizabeth Morgan.

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