'Night Court' actor Harry Anderson dies in Asheville

Harry Anderson on Night Court

- Actor Harry Anderson, best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on "Night Court", has died at age 65, FOX Carolina reports.

Asheville police were called to a home where Anderson died in the early hours of Monday morning, according to WSPA. All authorities are saying is that no foul play is suspected.

Anderson, whose fondness for vintage clothing and the crooner Mel Torme was incorporated into his role on "Night Court", began his career as a magician and stand-up comedian around Los Angeles clubs, including the Magic Castle. "Night Court" featured a strong ensemble cast that included Markie Post, Marsha Warfield and Richard Moll.

In addition to his role on the NBC sitcom, Anderson also appeared on Cheers, starred as humorist Dave Barry on the 1990s show Dave's World and played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It.

"The last time Harry Anderson played Comedy Magic Club, I opened for him", actress Cristela Alonzo wrote.

After his death, several of Anderson's friends and former co-stars took to Twitter to share their condolences and their memories, including Neil Patrick Harris. "I'll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I'm devastated". "I never auditioned for anything".

Filmmaker Judd Apatow shared his memory of Anderson, writing, "I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious".

Anderson earned three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the wise-cracking judge throughout the show's nine seasons and was honored as Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, and their two children.

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