Night Court actor Harry Anderson found dead at 65

Anderson was best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on “Night Court.”

Anderson was best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on “Night Court.”

Born Oct. 14, 1952 in Newport, R.I., Anderson was drawn to the art of magic.

While he earned critical acclaim and amassed a devoted fan base on "Night Court", Mr. Anderson never fancied himself an actor.

Actor Harry Anderson, best known for starring in Night Court and Dave's World, was found dead in his Asheville, North Carolina, home Monday morning. He'd joined the Dante Magic Club in his teens and reportedly made money as a street magician in San Francisco when he was 17. Anderson said he never planned on becoming an actor. Guest spots on that show landed Anderson his breakout role in "Night Court" as Judge Stone - a character who, like Anderson, also was a magician.

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He later appeared as the original Richie character in the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's "It", which was recently remade into a movie.

"I guess they figured I was an actor", Anderson said.

Here is how fans remembered Anderson's life and work.

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"Night Court" was a huge success for NBC and resided at the network for 9 seasons from 1984-1992. By 16, he had lived in many cities including Chicago, New York, St. Louis and New Orleans. "I respect my mother; she was very concerned with taking care of us", he said. After the show ended, he starred in the CBS comedy "Dave's World" as columnist Dave Barry. His performance on the hit sitcom - along with several appearances doing standup on Saturday Night Live - led to his breakthrough role as Judge Harry Stone on the NBC sitcom Night Court.

Anderson had a devoted following among fellow performers.

Anderson had two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack. He grew up in NY and moved to OR when he was a teenager and said that's where he became a hippie. I was just there last night and talked about how wonderful his magic was.

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A 2006 New York Times article said Anderson and his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, also opened Oswald's Speakeasy, a nightclub in the French Quarter where Anderson would perform his one-man show 'Wise Guy'.

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