ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Meredith/AP)– Harry Anderson, the star best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the graveyard shift of a Manhattan courtroom in the telecasted funny series “ Night Court,”has actually been discovered dead in his North Carolina house
Anderson was 65. A statement from the Asheville Authorities Department stated officers reacted to a call from Anderson’s house early Monday and found him dead. The declaration stated foul play is not thought.
On “Night Court,” Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for vocalist Mel Torme, starlet Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.
He also starred in the series “Dave’s World” and appeared on “Cheers” as con man Harry ‘The Hat’ Gittes.
Anderson prided himself on being a magician along with actor.
“I entered magic when I was a child,” he told The Associated Press in 1987. “Unlike many kids, I stayed with it. My high school instructors were constantly asking me what I was going to do. It made me exactly what I am today– readily available for weekend work, celebrations and bar mitzvahs.”
Anderson, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on Oct. 14, 1952. He grew up in New york city and relocated to Oregon when he was a teenager and stated that’s where he ended up being a hippie.
“The Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Oregon, looked like a good place to open a magic shop,” he said. “At 18, I was prepared for retirement. It didn’t last long, however I was developed as the magician. I worked the streets in San Francisco and I did magic and unique results at the celebration.”
Anderson learned the ropes as a street entertainer in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Austin, Texas, among other cities. When he made his first look on “Saturday Night Live,” he was right off the street.
“Cheers’ was my very first acting job, however it was generally the character I had actually established on the street,” he said. “That’s now I made my living, hustling drinks in bars and quarters on the street.”
“Night Court” worked on NBC from 1984 until 1992, and Anderson received three lead funny star Emmy nominations for his role. After the show ended, he was cast ahead function in the CBS comedy “Dave’s World,” which was based on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. That series ranged from 1993 until 1997.
A People magazine story in 2002 said Anderson vanished from Hollywood and resurfaced as the owner of a New Orleans magic store.
“I am richer than Davy Crockett,” Anderson said in the story. “I can kick back and do what I want to do. And exactly what I want to do is card tricks and magic.’ That includes magic programs for business clients (“Fifty-five minutes with applause,” states Anderson) at $20,000 a pop.
According to the story, Anderson was disenchanted by the prospect of going after acting roles into midlife. “I do not understand why men have that Don Knotts syndrome of needing to be out there.” He sold his house in Pasadena, California, and moved back to New Orleans, where he had actually resided in the 1970s.
Following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to Asheville.
Anderson had two kids from his first marital relationship to Leslie Pollack. His second better half, Elizabeth Morgan, is among his survivors. There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements Monday night.