In enhancement to his duty on the NBC sitcom, Anderson additionally appeared on "Cheers," starred as humorist Dave Barry ~ above the 1990s present "Dave"s World" and played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries adaptation that Stephen King"s "It."


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Night Court actor take care of Anderson died Monday morning in Asheville, north Carolina, the Asheville Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

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He to be 65.

“This morning at 6:41 a.m. The Asheville Police Department responded to the residence of actor Harry Anderson wherein he was found deceased,” Asheville PD’s windy Affairs officer Christina Hallingse said THR. “No foul pat is suspected.”

The 1980s sitcom ran because that nine periods on NBC and earned 7 Emmy Awards and also 31 nominations, consisting of three noms because that Anderson, that starred as Judge bother T. Rock alongside man Larroquette, who played assistant district attorney Dan Fielding.


Night Court anchored NBC’s beforehand “Must watch TV” Thursday lineup, which likewise included The Cosby Show, family Ties and Cheers. 

In enhancement to his role on the NBC sitcom, Anderson additionally appeared ~ above Cheers, starred together humorist Dave Barry on the 1990s present Dave’s World and played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries adaptation that Stephen King’s It.

Judd Apatow payment tribute on Monday afternoon, tweeting: “I interviewed take care of Anderson as soon as I was 15 years old and he to be so kind, and frank and hilarious. The interview is in my publication Sick In the Head. He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy.”

Born ~ above Oct. 14, 1952, in Newport, Rhode Island, Anderson was drawn to the arts of magic. After moving to Los Angeles, wherein he i graduated from Hollywood High School, Anderson exercised his an abilities often. He had joined the Dante Magic club in his teens and also reportedly do money as a street magician in san Francisco as soon as he was 17.

Anderson has said he never ever sought to be an actor.

“I go a Saturday Night Live, just a guest spot,” Anderson told the Bradenton Herald in 2015. “Les Charles referred to as me and also said I had beaten him out of $20 in a shell game in san Francisco.”

Charles, at the time, was producing Cheers and also asked Anderson come guest-star on the show as con man Harry “The Hat” Gittes.

He climate went on to land his most popular role, play Judge stone on Night Court, i m sorry aired ~ above NBC from 1984-92. He played the boyish judge as a wise-cracking prankster who likewise was an amateur magician, favor Anderson himself.

Anderson said the Herald the he landed the Night Court gig ~ producers observed him ~ above Cheers.

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“I guess lock figured ns was an actor,” he said. “I never auditioned for anything. I had the scripts beside me behind the bench. They named the character Harry so I’d remember come react as soon as someone stated my name. By the time they figured out that i couldn’t act fear on the subway at 4 a.m., I currently had a five-year contract.”

Anderson went on to reunite v Larroquette in a guest-starring duty on The man Larroquette show in 1996. In 2008, Anderson played self on 30 Rock as component of a Night Court reunion of sorts alongside previous co-stars Markie Post and Charles Robinson.