I may be telling my age but I used to really LOVE the sitcom, ‘Night Court’. The star of the show, ‘Judge Harry Stone’ portrayed by actor Harry Anderson has passed away at the young age of 65!
Harry Anderson, best known for playing the unorthodox, baby-faced Judge Harry Stone on the NBC comedy Night Court, has died at age 65.
Anderson was found dead in his Asheville, N.C., home by police at 6:41 a.m. local time Monday, according to Christina Hallingse, public information officer for the Asheville Police Department.
Foul play wasn’t suspected, she said. No further details were available.
Anderson starred as the young, magic-trick performing judge in the comedy series that ran from from 1984 to 1992, set in the anything-goes atmosphere of New York Municipal Court’s night shift.
During his stint on the popular show, Anderson was nominated for three Emmy Awards while the show was nominated for a total of 31 Emmys, winning seven.
Anderson made eight appearances on Saturday Night Live while starring on Night Court.
The actor also made frequent appearances on Cheers as con-man Harry “The Hat” Gittes. He starred as humorist Dave Barry on CBS’ Dave’s World from 1993 to 1997.
After ending Dave’s World, Anderson moved to New Orleans with his wife Elizabeth, where he opened Oswald’s Speakeasy in the French Quarter and created the one-man show Wise Guy.
“I owned the club and I would do the show every night,” he told the Asheville Citizen-Times. “We were open for six weeks before (Hurricane) Katrina hit” in 2005.
The building survived, but Anderson relocated to Asheville. He spent time building magic tricks in the workshop behind his home, downloading old-time radio shows and performing about two dozen times a year at the Abbeville (S.C.) Opera House.
Anderson said he didn’t miss the TV scene. “Eventually, you have to get off the carousel and let someone else have a chance.” [USA Today]