Harry Anderson, quirky Judge Harry Stone on 'Night Court,' dies at 65

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"Night Court" judge Harry Anderson reportedly died Monday at his home in North Carolina.

I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious.

Anderson was a magician turned actor who was known as a rabid fan of jazz singer Mel Torme. Anderson said he never planned on becoming an actor.

After "Night Court", Anderson had a starring role in the show "Dave's World", in which he played humorist Dave Barry.

John Larroquette, who played narcissist prosecutor Daniel Fielding on the show, posted to Twitter, "Harry Anderson". "I'm so sorry to hear this", tweeted Marsha Warfield, who played Rosalind "Roz" Russell on the popular sitcom.

Anderson played the prankster judge with a wonderful air of lighthearted mischief and also performed as an amateur magician. "I tip my hat to you, my friend".

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

"A Rhode Island native, Anderson gained fame as a stand-up comic who used sleight of hand in his act, appearing on Saturday Night Live before he was cast on Cheers". The three-time Emmy nominee not only starred on the sitcoms Night Court and Dave's World, but he was a semi-regular on another long-running NBC comedy Cheers. According to TMZ, Anderson's son, Dashiell, says he passed away of natural causes. "I'm scared they're going to find out I don't know what I'm doing and they're going to ask for all the money back".

" "Cheers" was my first acting job, but it was basically the character I had developed on the street", he said.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, whom he married in 2000, and his two children from his first wife, Leslie Pollack.

Our thoughts here at CinemaBlend go out to the friends, family, and loved ones of Harry Anderson in this hard time.

The Associated Press, quoting a 2002 People magazine story, said Anderson disappeared from Hollywood and resurfaced as the owner of a New Orleans magic shop.

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