Actor Harry Anderson Dead At 65

Harry Anderson on Night Court

PEOPLE confirms the actor, best known for playing Judge Harry T. Stone in the NBC series Night Court, died on Monday morning in North Carolina.

On Night Court, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992, he starred as the young, magic-trick performing judge presiding over the anything-goes atmosphere of New York Municipal Court's night shift. Anderson earned three Emmy nominations for his role on the show.

Asheville Police responded to the actor's home at 6:41 a.m., where he was found dead. While no cause has been announced, foul play is not suspected, according to police. He was 65 years old.

Anderson found success in a number of areas throughout his career, including writing a book about magic. After the show ended, he was cast in the lead role in the CBS sitcom "Dave's World", which was based on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. Anderson, who grew up moving around the country with a mother he described as a "hustler" who "did a lot of things", began performing in southern California magic clubs while still in high school, NBC reports. He made several appearances on "Saturday Night Live" around this time.


The actor, who was also an accomplished magician, is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, son, Dashiell Anderson, and daughter, Eva Fay Anderson.

He was a longtime fan of singer Mel Tormé, who appeared on "Night Court" with Anderson in six different episodes. That series ran from 1993 until 1997.

In short, the genius style of Harry Anderson's magical comedy was exactly that, something that made us laugh, while wonderful us simultaneously in the most dazzling of ways.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Anderson's family, friends, and fans during what has to be an incredibly hard time.

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