Harry Anderson, the actor, comedian and magician best known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the sitcom Night Court, died Monday at his home in Asheville, North Carolina. He was 65. No foul play is suspected.
Anderson started his career as a magician before turning to comedy and, eventually, acting. he was known for incorporating magic and con artistry into his comedy routines and acting roles – including his numerous appearances on Cheers as “flimflam man” Harry “The Hat” Gittes. Following the success of his Cheers appearances, the actor remained in NBC’s Must See TV block when he was cast as the lead in Night Court. He played a judge tasked with overhearing the bizarre cases that entered a Manhattan circuit court on the night shift. The series aired for nine seasons, with Anderson earning three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series over the show’s 8 year run. (Rolling Stone)