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'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

AP  |  Asheville (US) 

Harry Anderson, the best known for playing an working the night shift of a room in the comedy series "Night Court," was found dead in his home today.

Anderson was 65.

A statement from the Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson's home early today and found him dead. The statement said foul play is not suspected.

On "Night Court," Anderson played Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for Mel Torme, 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 as well as

"I got into magic when I was a child," he told in 1987. "Unlike most 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 available for weekend employment, parties and bar mitzvahs." Anderson, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on October 14, 1952. He grew up in and moved to when he was a teenager and said that's where he became a hippie.

"The Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Oregon, seemed like a good place to open a magic store," he said. "At 18, I was ready for retirement. It didn't last long, but I was established as the I worked the streets in and I did magic and special effects 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 first appearance on "Saturday Night Live," he was right off the street.

"Cheers' was my first acting job, but it was basically the character I had developed on the street," he said. "That's now I made my living, hustling drinks in bars and quarters on the street." "Night Court" ran on from 1984 until 1992, and Anderson received three lead comedy nominations for his role. After the show ended, he was cast in the lead role in the sitcom "Dave's World," which was based on the life of Pulitzer That series ran from 1993 until 1997.

A story in 2002 said Anderson disappeared from Hollywood and resurfaced as the owner of a magic shop.

"I am richer than Davy Crockett," Anderson said in the story. "I can settle back and do what I want to do. And what I want to do is card tricks and magic.' That includes magic shows for corporate clients ("Fifty-five minutes with applause," says Anderson) at USD 20,000 a pop.

According to the story, Anderson was disenchanted by the prospect of chasing acting roles into middle age. "I don't understand why guys have that syndrome of having to be out there." He sold his home in Pasadena, California, and moved back to New Orleans, where he had lived in the 1970s. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he moved to

Anderson had two children from his first marriage to His second wife, Elizabeth Morgan, is among his survivors. There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements tonight.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 06:45 IST
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