Published : Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 8:54 AM
Actor-magician Harry Anderson of “Night Court” fame died at his home in Ashville, N.C. on Monday. He was 65.
The Asheville Police Department confirmed his death Monday saying, “This morning, at 6:41 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson where he was found deceased. No foul play is suspected.”
Anderson began his career as a magician before turning to comedy and acting. He was introduced to mainstream audiences via reoccurring guest roles “Saturday Night Live,” and “Cheers” before landing his iconic role as Judge Harold Stone on the sitcom “Night Court” (1984-1992). After “Night Court,” he starred as columnist Dave Barry in the CBS comedy “Dave’s World,” which ran for four seasons.
While he lived in Los Angeles, Anderson lived in a Greene and Greene Arts and Crafts style home in Pasadena, situated on more than 1.3 acres.
Disenchanted by acting, he sold the property in 2001, saying, “I don’t understand why guys have that Don Knotts syndrome of having to be out there (Los Angeles).” Anderson then relocated to New Orleans, and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he moved to Asheville.
Anderson is survived by two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack and his second wife, Elizabeth Morgan.