'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Found Dead in NC Home

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Harry Anderson, who became a household name starring in the massive TV hit, "Night Court", has died. Asheville police spokesperson Christina Hallingse said no foul play is suspected.

J. Elvis Weinstein, a co-founder and star of "Mystery Science Theater 3000", called Anderson "one of the few guys to ever make my "magicians I like" list".

"Night Court" was a huge success for NBC and resided at the network for 9 seasons from 1984-1992.

"Before his signature role on NBC's Night Court, Anderson played con man Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers - constantly trying to scam money and drinks out of the show's star, bar owner Sam Malone played by Ted Danson".

Following Night Court, Anderson starred in the sitcom Dave's World, in which he played Dave Barry, the Miami Herald columnist on whom the show was based.

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. He made some guest appearances in FX's "Son of the Beach" in 2002 and on NBC's "30 Rock" in 2008.

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 worked the streets in San Francisco and I did magic and special effects at the festival". "I'll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I'm devastated".

"Loved his comedy, his appearances on "SNL" (when they still had stand-ups), and 'Night Court" is one of my all-time favorite sitcoms. I hope he is in some magical afterlife doing card tricks with Mel Tormé. An early fan was the actor and writer Judd Apatow, who interviewed Anderson in 1983, before "Night Court" went on the air, for his book "Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy".

Dave's World creator Dave Barry paid tribute, sharing, " I'm very sorry to learn of the death of Harry Anderson.

The actor is survived by his wife and two children.