Harry Anderson Has Died; 'Night Court' Star, Magician, Comedian Was 65


LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) ― Harry Anderson, the amiable actor who presided over the NBC comedy "Night Court" for nine seasons, has died at his home in Asheville, N.C., according to a local media report.

An Asheville police spokesperson Christina Hallingse told The Hollywood Reporter: "This morning at 6.41 am, the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson where he was found deceased". All authorities are saying is that no foul play is suspected.

J. Elvis Weinstein, a co-founder and star of "Mystery Science Theater 3000", called Anderson "one of the few guys to ever make my "magicians I like" list". During his span playing the role of Stone, Anderson received two Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Lead Actor. He also starred in the 1990s sitcom "Dave's World", based on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry.

Anderson made guest appearances on several TV shows and appeared in several pilots after "Dave's World" ended. Barry took to Twitter in the wake of Anderson's death to note that not only was Anderson extremely talented, but in essence, a "nice guy". He became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets of San Francisco for a time. When he made his first appearance on "Saturday Night Live", he was right off the street. "I tip my hat to you, my friend". Anderson starred in the sitcom alongside John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson, Marsha Warfield and Markie Post.

TV host and comic Chris Hardwick also mourned the loss, tweeting, " NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I hope he is in some magical afterlife doing card tricks with Mel Tormé.

"I had more people in my vehicle last night", Mr. Anderson said, a reference to the thin crowd at Oswald's. An early fan was the actor and writer Judd Apatow, who interviewed Anderson in 1983, before "Night Court" went on the air, for his book "Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy".

Anderson is survived by his wife Elizabeth Morgan and his 2 children from his first marriage.