'Night Court' Actor Harry Anderson Dead at 65

Harry Anderson starred in 1980s-1990s sitcom 'Night Court.'
Harry Anderson, bottom center, played an acerbic judge in the hit TV series 'Night Court.' Getty

Actor Harry Anderson, best known for his portrayal of Judge Harry Stone in the hit sitcom "Night Court," has died at his North Carolina home, police said. He was 65.

Authorities were called to his Asheville home Monday morning. Foul play was not suspected, authorities said. 

The Rhode Island native was also a writer and magician and once taught a course on how to detect con artists, according to IMDb.

Fame came in the 1980s when he starred in NBC's "Night Court," a comedy depicting a busy nighttime courtroom in Manhattan. Baby-faced and world weary, Anderson's judge presided over a collection of misfits and egocentric lawyers.

The show ran for nine years, ending in 1992. He was nominated for an Emmy three times.

Anderson also appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," where he performed magic tricks. He had parts in "30 Rock," "Cheers," and "The John Larroquette Show."

Anderson also appeared in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's "It."

Judd Apatow was one of several celebs paying tribute to Anderson on Twitter Monday, calling him "kind" and "hilarious."

Anderson leaves behind two children, Eva Anderson and Dashiell Anderson.

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