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Harry Anderson’s 21 Years Junior Wife Became the Only Witness to His Death Yet Missed His Last Breath

Olawale Ogunjimi
May 07, 2022
01:00 P.M.
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Harry Anderson from "Night Court" was a famous magician who remained a doting dad despite his failed marriage. Thankfully, he found love with a woman twenty-one years his junior, and they worked real-life magic by remaining together until his peaceful death in 2018.

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Harry Anderson, an actor, comedian, and magician, who became a household name in the 1980s, following his most notable role on the TV series "Night Court," exercised brilliance throughout the two decades of his reign.

The Newport-born was also as loveable at home, with his family, as he was on the big screens. Anderson's family life began when he married  Leslie Pollack, an actress, and magician. 

Actor Harry Anderson, wife Leslie Pollack and daughter Eva Fay Anderson attend 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 1986 | Source: Getty Images

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Pollack and Anderson met while he was on a 3-year tour with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The actor was intrigued at her magical prowess: according to him, she invented the ultimate pea and sold it to magicians.

Their union afforded him the success he had long hoped for, the dream house, automobiles, and everything a luxurious life welcomed. At the same time, Anderson, who had dyslexia, became conscious of his association progress.

He began to teach himself how to read, and life could not have been better for the actor. The magicians lived comfortably with their two kids until 1999, when they decided it was over. The couple divorced, and three years later, Anderson retired from acting.

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HARRY ANDERSON FINDS LOVE AGAIN

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Despite the strain between the former couple, Anderson remained a doting dad to their kids while he chose to recline from the movie world.

Following his retirement, he traveled back to New Orleans, where it had all begun: the actor lived there in the 1970s. That was where he met Elizabeth Morgan, who was twenty-one years his junior, and like his first marriage, the pair became a force.

Harry Anderson, wife Leslie Pollack and son Dashiell Anderson attend the premiere of "Oliver and Company" on November 6, 1988 at Disney Studios | Source: Getty Images

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Anderson returned to magic and his roots, New Orleans, famous for celebrating magic. It was not challenging for him and Morgan to open Oswald Speakeasy, where they thrilled tourists with performances.

Morgan later ran a curiosity shop separate from the Oswald Speakeasy. It was a stone's throw from their first store. However, they noticed that the city's residents were unhappy as time went on.

Leslie Pollack and her husband, American comedian and magician Harry Anderson (1952-2018) attend the 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, 28th August 1988. | Source: Getty Images

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Anderson's second wife concluded that her passion for running the shop dwindled as they were surrounded by people suffering from depression. 

Eventually, things became worse for the couple, and as they struggled with the bitterness that ached their hearts, they decided that living in New Orleans was doing more harm than good to them.

(l-r) John Larroquette as Dan Fielding, Markie Post as Christine Sullivan, Richard Moll as Nostradamus 'Bull' Shannon, Harry Anderson as Judge Harry T. Stone, Charles Robinson as Mac Robinson, Marsha Warfield as Rosalind 'Roz' Russell on "Night Court" | Source: Getty Images

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They moved to Asheville, N.C. As expected, the "Night Court" star was as hurt as his wife. He claimed that the city never really evolved.

In 2010, the actor confessed that initially, settling in New Orleans was glorious. He established a magic store, became engrossed in the tourist show, owned a nightclub, and was in a good marriage.

Anderson described the time as living "a tremendously happy life" until the flood that occurred and a "political reality" that finally drove them out of the city.

THE EXIT OF AN ICON

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Indeed, Anderson's twenty years in the entertainment industry built him a solid legacy. During the 2000s, the comedian still enjoyed the fame from his 1980s feature despite being away from the big screens for a long time.

Also, despite his retirement, Anderson never relented in trying to impact the world with his magic talent. Sadly, unexpectedly, in 2018, his wife of many years found him dead in their home.

Morgan woke in the morning to see her husband unresponsive in bed. She looked closely and observed that he was still breathing, but he had gone cold.

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She hurriedly placed an emergency call, but it was too late for CPR within a few minutes. Following the "Night Court" star's death, his widow explained that he had suffered a stroke earlier in the year.

However, Morgan remembered that he was past the health struggles, and they went to bed in good health. The death was devastating for her and his kids.

A few days after the tragedy, the death certificate revealed that the magician suffered from cardioembolic cerebrovascular disease and died within a short time. According to the deets, influenza and heart disease were triggers of his untimely death. 

WHO SURVIVED HARRY ANDERSON, AND HOW DID THEY TAKE THE DEATH?

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Apart from his wife, the 65-year-old was survived by his two kids, a daughter, and a son. Anderson's first child, Eva Fay, made Morgan her stepmother. She also inherited her dad's knack for entertainment but chose to work behind the camera.

Eva is a successful producer and writer who has worked on projects like "You're the Worst" and "A Kiss from Daddy."

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Following her dad's death, the producer shared many heart-melting messages, joining the series of actors who grieved. She shared a post tweeted by Judd Apatow, a renowned producer, where he commented on Anderson's compassionate nature.

Eva was grateful for Apatow's kind words and talked about how her dad shared the moments he spent during an interview with the producer at home.

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In another tweet, Anderson's firstborn complained about how some fans chose to mourn her dad, adding that it was distasteful as it involved breaching the deceased's family privacy. She wrote:

"When my dad died, I was bombarded for months with fan art from strangers, and it was…traumatizing. Please don't do this. Your paradoxical relationship with a star should exclude their family."

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Like Eva, Anderson's son, Dashiell, has a passion for his father's craft. The young man worked with the deceased in "Harry Anderson: The Tricks of His Trade," a project that aired in 1996.

Speaking about his dad's death, Dashiell maintained that Anderson died of natural causes, adding that there was no foul play involved. 

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Apart from a shared passion, Dashiell is every bit like his dad. He loves the low-profile lifestyle and has managed to stay under the radar. He is also the spitting image of the actor. 

In shared images via his sister's page, fans are shown the uncanny resemblance between father and son. Although Dashiell did not opt for stardom like his dad, the mini-Anderson is family-oriented like the patriarch and loves to spend time making memories with them.

Indeed, Anderson is a legend in his rights. Through determination, he made a success out of his career and never allowed fame to interfere with his decision to live a quiet life while raising the best family. 

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