'Night Court' star Harry Anderson dies at 65

'Night Court' star Harry Anderson dies at 65

Darren Sullivan
April 18, 2018

Harry Anderson, the actor who played Judge Harry T. Stone for nine seasons on NBC's 1980s courtroom comedy Night Court, has died.

Anderson was found at his home by police officers on Monday.

According to CNN, Asheville police spokesperson Christina Hallingse said no foul play was suspected.

Judge Harry Stone shared more than a first name with the actor who played him: Both the character and the man donned colorful ties, were magicians at heart and were superfans of the jazz great Mel Tormé, known as the Velvet Fog, who made several guest appearances on "Night Court". He was 65 years old at the time of his death. He'd joined the Dante Magic Club in his teens and reportedly made money as a street magician in San Francisco when he was 17.

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"Night Court" ran on NBC from 1984 until 1992, and Anderson received three lead comedy actor Emmy nominations for his role. He actually started his show business career as a street magician, and fell into acting by some happy accidents. He also appeared in the HBO series "Tales from the Crypt" and the 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It". "I am richer than Davy Crockett", Mr. Anderson said. Our thoughts are with Anderson's loved ones during this hard time. You can see Anderson making magic on Night Court in the video below. "I never auditioned for anything". They named the character Harry so I'd keep in mind to react when someone said my name. Anderson, who cited mid-20th century magician Harry Blackstone as his inspiration, saw himself as a magician and illusionist, not an actor, the New York Times reports.

He went on to reunite with Larroquette with a guest-starring role in The John Larroquette Show in 1996.

After the news of his death broke, a number of celebrities, including Anderson's friends and former Night Court co-stars, took to social media to share their thoughts and express their condolences.