Harry Anderson Has Died; 'Night Court' Star, Magician, Comedian Was 65

It was from these appearances, coupled with performances of magic acts on late night talk shows that mixed hilarity with the craft's organic wonderment, that got Anderson the starring role in 1984 in an ensemble cast on Night Court.

"Stunned by the passing of Harry Anderson, one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up".

Harry Anderson, an actor best known for his role in the sitcom "Night Court", has died at the age of 65.

Born in Rhode Island in 1952, Anderson moved to Los Angeles as a teen, and after graduating from Hollywood High School, he moved to San Francisco, where he reportedly made money as a street magician.

Set during the night shift of a municipal court in New York City, Anderson's iconic character was a young, wacky and unorthodox judge who presided over cases tried by several idiosyncratic public defenders - played by Paula Kelly, Ellen Foley and Markie Post - as well as the narcissistic prosecutor, Dan Fielding, played by John Larroquette in what turned out to be his career-making role. "I'm a magician, or a performer, by nature, and that's always what I've been", Mr. Anderson told WGN-TV in Chicago in 2014. By 16, he had lived in many cities including Chicago, New York, St. Louis and New Orleans.

Anderson has said he never sought to be an actor.

Mr. Anderson told People that his father was a salesman who was mostly absent from his life, and that he had not seen him for 15 years before his death.

Anderson had two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack.

He was also an accomplished magician and even opened a magic shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Anderson made guest appearances on several TV shows and appeared in several pilots after "Dave's World" ended. "I can settle back and do what I want to do".

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, though, tourism flagged and they were not able to keep their businesses alive.

  • Kyle Peterson