Monday, April 16, 2018|8:46 p.m.
Harry Anderson, the star best understood for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television funny series “Night Court,” was discovered dead in his North Carolina home Monday.
Anderson was 65.
A declaration from the Asheville Authorities Department said officers reacted to a call from Anderson’s house early Monday and discovered him dead. The declaration said foul play is not believed.
On “Night Court,” Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who proclaimed his love for vocalist Mel Torme, starlet Jean Harlow, magic techniques and his collection of art-deco ties.
He also starred in the series “Dave’s World” and appeared on “Cheers” as bilker Harry ‘The Hat’ Gittes.
Anderson prided himself on being a magician in addition to star.
“I got into magic when I was a child,” he told The Associated Press in 1987. “Unlike the majority of kids, I stayed with it. My high school teachers were always asking me what I was going to do. It made me what I am today– readily available for weekend employment, parties and bar mitzvahs.”
Anderson, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on Oct. 14, 1952. He grew up in New York and relocated to Oregon when he was a teenager and stated that’s where he became a hippie.
“The Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Oregon, looked like an excellent place to open a magic store,” he stated. “At 18, I was ready for retirement. It didn’t last long, but I was established as the magician. I worked the streets in San Francisco and I did magic and unique results at the festival.”
Anderson learned the ropes as a street performer in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Austin, Texas, among other cities. When he made his very first look on “Saturday Night Live,” he was right off the street.
” ‘Cheers’ was my very first acting task, but it was generally the character I had developed on the street,” he said. “That’s how I made my living, hustling drinks in bars and quarters on the street.”
“Night Court” operated on NBC from 1984 until 1992, and Anderson received 3 lead funny star Emmy nominations for his role. After the show ended, he was cast ahead function in the CBS sitcom “Dave’s World,” which was based upon the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer Dave Barry. That series ranged from 1993 up until 1997.
An Individuals publication story in 2002 stated Anderson vanished from Hollywood and resurfaced as the owner of a New Orleans magic shop.
“I am richer than Davy Crockett,” Anderson said in the story. “I can settle back and do exactly what I want to do. And exactly what I wish to do is card tricks and magic.’ That consists of magic programs for business clients (“Fifty-five minutes with applause,” says Anderson) at $20,000 a pop.
Inning accordance with the story, Anderson was disenchanted by the prospect of chasing acting roles into middle age. “I don’t comprehend why guys have that Don Knotts syndrome of needing to be out there.” He sold his house in Pasadena, California, and returned to New Orleans, where he had actually lived in the 1970s.
Following the devastation of Cyclone Katrina, he moved to Asheville.
Anderson had 2 children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack. His 2nd partner, Elizabeth Morgan, is among his survivors. There was no instant word on funeral plans Monday night.