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‘Night Court’ Star Harry Anderson Dies at 65

Harry Anderson Also Headlined CBS Comedy 'Dave's World'

Harry Anderson, the magician-turned-sitcom actor best known for his nine season stint as Judge Harry stone on the NBC sitcom “Night Court,” was found dead Monday morning at his home in Asheville, North Carolina. Anderson was 65. The cause of death was not disclosed, but police said foul play was not suspected.

Born Oct. 14, 1952 in Newport, Rhode Island, Anderson was drawn to the art of magic in his youth. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a street magician whose appearances on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” led to his recurring role as Harry “The Hat” Gittes on comedy “Cheers.” Anderson went on to appear in numerous other TV specials and shows, including 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” which led to “Night Court” effective in January 1984. From 1993 to 1997, Anderson starred in CBS sitcom “Dave’s World,” based loosely on the life and columns of humor columnist Dave Barry.

More recently, Anderson opened a magic shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. His most recent TV credits included episodes of comedies “30 Rock,” which featured a reunion of the “Night Court” cast, and “Son of the Beach.” He also co-starred in the 2014 indie film “A Matter of Faith.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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