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Harry Anderson, the actor known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s sitcom Night Court, reportedly died Monday at his home in Asheville, North Carolina. Officials said no foul play was suspected. Anderson was 65.
Formerly a magician, Anderson was nominated for three Emmy Awards for Night Court, on which he played a funny, genial judge. He also guest-starred on Cheers as Harry “the Hat” Gittes, co-starred in Dave’s World for four seasons, and starred in the 1990 ABC adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
Before acting, Anderson got his start as a street performer and worked his way up to a gig at Magic Castle in Los Angeles. With the exception of an appearance on 30 Rock, Anderson was largely distant from Hollywood in his later years and moved to North Carolina in 2006.
Marsha Warfield, Anderson’s Night Court co-star, tweeted her condolences following Anderson’s death.
Aw man, I'm so sorry to hear this.
My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him.
Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend. https://t.co/fv2yzW4sku
— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) April 16, 2018
Other comedians also tweeted memories and messages for the actor.
I appeared on three episodes of "Night Court" way back when. Ran into him in N.Y. not that long ago. Always friendly. Always funny. RIP Harry Anderson
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) April 17, 2018
I loved Harry Anderson and “Night Court.” Rest in Peace.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) April 17, 2018
RIP Harry Anderson. Night Court was a staple growing up & so were you.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 17, 2018
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.