Stephen King's It and Night Court star Harry Anderson dies, aged 65

Beloved comedian, magician and actor Harry Anderson has died at age 65.

The Stephen King’s It and Night Court star was found dead at his North Carolina home on Monday (April 16), a spokesperson from Asheville Police Department told The Hollywood Reporter.

The police statement read: “This morning at 6.41 am, the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson where he was found deceased. No foul play is suspected.”

Anderson began his career with a comedic magic act that led to a regular spot performing on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, which in turn landed him a starring role as the quirky Judge Harry Stone on sitcom Night Court.

His eight years on the hit NBC sitcom earned him three straight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in the mid-’80s.

(The cast of Stephen King’s It)

Later, he played the adult version of the Losers Club’s motormouth jokester Richie Tozier in the original television miniseries based on Stephen King’s It, which was remade into a big-screen blockbuster last year.

Other memorable television roles include conman Harry ‘The Hat’ Gittes on Cheers, top-lining the mid-’90s sitcom Dave’s World and, more recently, a memorable appearance as himself in 30 Rock.

Among those remembering Harry Anderson following his passing is former Night Court co-star Marsha Warfield, who wrote: “Oh, no! Aw man, I’m so sorry to hear this.

“My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him. Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend.”

Below are more tributes to the late Harry Anderson:

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