Harry Anderson's Final Years before the 'Night Court' Star's Death at 65

Before he died at the age of 65, legendary actor Harry Anderson had appeared on TV shows and a movie.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson, who is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series "Night Court," passed away on April 16, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina. He was 65.

Anderson was a live performer for the Green Show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, before entering the world of show business.

Harry Anderson and a guest at the 1987 Emmy Awards. | Photo: flickr.com/Alan Light

Harry Anderson and a guest at the 1987 Emmy Awards. | Photo: flickr.com/Alan Light

Asheville PD's Public Affairs officer Christina Hallingse told The Hollywood Reporter:

"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."

The actor showed up in TV series such as in "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (2013) and "Gotham Comedy Live" (2014) in his final years. His last film portrayal was as Professor Kaman in the 2014 Christian drama film "A Matter of Faith."

Harry Anderson in 1988. | Photo: flickr.com/Alan Light

Harry Anderson in 1988. | Photo: flickr.com/Alan Light

According to Variety, Anderson, an extreme fan of jazz singer Mel Torme, was a magician-turned-actor.

For his work on the hit show "Night Court" from 1985-1987, Anderson scored three consecutive Emmy nominations.

His several appearances on "Saturday Night Live" led to his role as Harry "The Hat" Gittes on NBC's "Cheers" in the early 1980s.

Anderson's other notable projects were "Dave's World," "Son of the Beach," "Tales From the Crypt," "Parker Lewis Can't Lose," and "The John Larroquette Show."

According to IMDB, Anderson was born on October 14, 1952, in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, as Harry Laverne Anderson. 

Anderson was married twice. He tied the knot with Leslie Pollack in 1977. They had two children together before divorcing in 1999. A year later, he married Elizabeth Morgan.

Anderson was a live performer for the Green Show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, before entering the world of show business.

In 2005, he opened a nightclub in the French Quarter of New Orleans called Oswald's Speakeasy. He performed a one-man show there called Wise Guy.

Anderson showed up in a documentary about the first six months in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina called "Hexing a Hurricane."

In 2006, he and his wife Elizabeth moved from New Orleans to Asheville, North Carolina. They also sold Oswald's Speakeasy.

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