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Harry Anderson, star of sitcom 'Night Court,' found dead in NC home

17 April 2018

A statement from the Asheville Police Department reads, "This morning at 6:41 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson where he was found deceased". At this time, there is no official cause of death, and no foul play is suspected.

Anderson starred as Judge Harry T. Stone in "Night Court" from 1984 to 1992. He also had a recurring role on Cheers, where he used his skills as a magician to play conman Harry "The Hat" Gittes. The series lasted four seasons on CBS.

Anderson's street magic act led to a guest spot on "Saturday Night Live", where he grabbed the attention of a producer for the sitcom "Cheers".

Anderson also appeared on the series "Tales From The Crypt". "I'll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I'm devastated".

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, whom he married in 2000, and his two children from his first wife, Leslie Pollack. In 2008, Anderson played himself on 30 Rock as part of a Night Court reunion of sorts alongside former co-stars Markie Post and Charles Robinson. "I tip my hat to you, my friend", she wrote in the caption. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head. If you're not familiar, google him.

Upon hearing the news, fellow comedic actor and magician Neil Patrick Harris called Anderson "one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up".

Here is how Anderson's fans remembered his career.

Harry Anderson, star of sitcom 'Night Court,' found dead in NC home