Harry Anderson, best known for his role on eighties NBC sitcom Night Court, has died aged 65.
The actor and comedian was found dead on Monday when Asheville police were called to Anderson’s home before 8am, according to the local CBS station.
The circumstances surrounding his passing haven’t been revealed however authorities say no foul play is suspected.
Harry Anderson, best known for his role on the eighties TV show Night Court, has died aged 65
After first breaking out on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s Anderson starred on almost 200 episodes of Night Court as the goofy but big-hearted Judge Harry Stone.
The series also starred John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charlies Robinson, Marsha Warfield, and Markie Post.
The role earned Anderson three Emmy nominations throughout the show’s nine-season run from 1984 to 1992.
A longtime fan of singer Mel Tormé, Anderson’s character on Night Court was also a Tormé fan (which was reportedly coincidental) and the singer appeared on the sitcom six times (as himself).
The Rhode Island born star also appeared on Cheers and starred in his own sitcom, Dave’s World, which ran from 1993 to 1997.
Anderson was also a talented magician and owned a magic shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans as well as a nightclub called Oswald’s Speakeasy.
The role earned him three Emmy nominations throughout the show’s nine-season run from 1984 to 1992
Harry was also a talented magician and owned a magic shop in New Orleans. He is pictured in a more recent snap performing a magic trick in 2011
Anderson’s devastated Night Court co-stars took to Twitter to express their sadness
He kept a low profile in recent years but made appearances on 30 Rock, as well as 12 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson performing magic.
He is survived by wife Elizabeth Morgan and his two children.
‘I loved this guy even though I had never met him,’ tweeted Chris Hardwick shortly after the news broke.
‘Loved his comedy, his appearances on ‘SNL’ (when they still had stand-ups), and ‘Night Court’ is one of my all-time favorite sitcoms. I hope he is in some magical afterlife doing card tricks with Mel Tormé.’
The actor is survived by wife Elizabeth Morgan and his two children. He is pictured in 1988 with son Dashiell
‘Loved his comedy’: Comedian Chris Hardwick was one of the first stars to react to the news