Harry Anderson, of 'Night Court' fame, dies in Asheville at 65

Emmett Rice
April 17, 2018

The actor died at his home Monday in North Carolina.

Asheville Police Department responded to Anderson's home and found him dead at 6:41 a.m., Public Affairs officer Christina Hallingse told The Hollywood Reporter. "No foul play is suspected".

It was not immediately clear when an official cause of death for Harry Anderson would be available. This led him to the role of Harry "The Hat" Gittes on multiple seasons of the TV sitcom "Cheers", and eventually as Judge Harry Stone on "Night Court" for nine seasons.

Anderson, also an accomplished magician, would earn three consecutive Emmy nominations for the role from 1985-87, and he stayed with the series through its 193-episode run.

Night Court anchored NBC's early "Must See TV" Thursday lineup, which also included The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Cheers. 

He also starred in his own sitcom, Dave's World, from 1993 to 1997. The series ran for four years on CBS.

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He is survived by wife Elizabeth Morgan and his two children.

Markie Post, who played Christine Sullivan on Night Court, couldn't pull together a tribute because she was too emotional. "I'll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I'm devastated".

Night Court's Masha Warfield shared an old cast photo on Instagram. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head.

Our thoughts are with Harry's family and friends during this hard time. "I was asked because I was a big fan".

"I had more people in my auto last night", The Times quoted him as telling his piano player during a performance. He was just wonderful.

Neil Patrick Harris wrote that Anderson was "one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up".

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