Comic, ma­gi­cian, TV ac­tor known for ‘Night Court’

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Harry Anderson, the ac­tor best known for play­ing an off-the-wall judge work­ing the night shift of a Man­hat­tan court room in the tele­vi­sion com­edy se­ries “Night Court,” was found dead in his North Carolina home Mon­day. He was 65. A state­ment from the Asheville Po­lice Depart­ment said of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call from Anderson's home early Mon­day and found him dead. The state­ment said foul play is not sus­pected.

On “Night Court,” Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who pro­fessed his love for singer Mel Torme, ac­tress Jean Har­low, magic tricks and his col­lec­tion of art-deco ties. He also starred in the se­ries “Dave's World” and ap­peared on “Cheers” as con man Har­ryT`he Hat' Gittes.

Anderson prided him­self on be­ing a ma­gi­cian as well as ac­tor. “I got into magic when I was a child,” he told The As­so­ci­ated Press in 1987. “Un­like most kids, I stayed with it. My high school teach­ers were al­ways ask­ing me what I was go­ing to do. It made me what I am to­day — avail­able for week­end em­ploy­ment, par­ties and bar mitz­vahs.”

“Night Court” ran on NBC from 1984 un­til 1992, and Anderson re­ceived three lead com­edy ac­tor Emmy nom­i­na­tions for his role.

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