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Actor Harry Anderson, star of Night Court, dead at 65

Actor Harry Anderson, star of Night Court, dead at 65
From CBC - April 16, 2018

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan courtroom in the television comedy series Night Court,was found dead in his North Carolina home Monday.

Anderson was 65.

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

On Night Court,Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torm, actorJean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.

He also starred in the series Dave's Worldand appeared on Cheersas con man Harry (The Hat)Gittes.

Anderson prided himself on being a magician as well as actor.

"I got into magic when I was a child," he told The Associated Press 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 todayavailable for weekend employment, parties and bar mitzvahs."

Self-declared 'hippie'

Andersonwas born in Newport, R.I., on Oct. 14, 1952. He grew up in New York and moved to Oregon when he was a teenager and said that's where he became a hippie.

"The Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Ore., seemed like a good place to open a magic store," he said. "At 18, I was ready for retirement. It did not last long, but I was established as the magician. I worked the streets in San Francisco 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, Tex.,among other cities. When he made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live,he was right off the street.

Acted steadily in '80s and '90s

Disenchanted by acting

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