Review Harry Anderson (Night Court)

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Harry Laverne Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018) was an American actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series Night Court, and later starred in the sitcom Dave's World from 1993 to 1997.

In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson's Sideshow (1987). He played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King novel of the same

Anderson's many appearances on Saturday Night Live led to his role as Harry "The Hat" Gittes on several seasons of the television sitcom Cheers, and eventually as Judge Harry Stone on the long-running sitcom Night Court.[5] Anderson went on to appear in other television specials and shows, including 12 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[6] As a magician, Anderson toured extensively and performed in comedy/magic shows for clubs and broadcast, including Harry Anderson's Sideshow in 1987.[3] In 1990, he starred in the television adaptation of Stephen King's It as the adult Richie Tozier.[7] From 1993 to 1997, Anderson starred in the television sitcom Dave's World, based loosely on the life and columns of humor columnist Dave Barry.[8]

Anderson with his first wife, Leslie Pollack, at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 1987
Together with longtime friend Turk Pipkin, Anderson wrote a book called Games You Can't Lose: A Guide for Suckers, a collection of gags, cons, tricks, and scams. First published in 1989 (ISBN 978-1-58080-086-0, 2001 reprint), this title also contains a survey of "Games You Can't Win" told from an insider's perspective.[9] He appeared with Criss Angel in a TV special called The Science of Magic, later released on DVD.[10] In November 2008, Anderson played himself on an episode of 30 Rock along with fellow former Night Court cast members Markie Post and Charles Robinson.

Anderson kept a nominally low profile after Dave's World was canceled.[9] He moved from Pasadena, California, to New Orleans in 2002.[5] In 2002, he and his second wife Elizabeth (whom he met in New Orleans while she was bartending)[12] opened a small shop in the French Quarternamed "Spade & Archer Curiosities by Appointment", (later named "Sideshow"), selling various "magic, curiosities, and apocrypha".

In 2000, Anderson hosted the pilot for a potential revival of the classic panel game show What's My Line? for CBS primetime.

In 2005, Anderson opened a nightclub in the French Quarter called Oswald's Speakeasy, located at 1331 Decatur Street at the corner of Esplanade Avenue. He performed a one-man show there called Wise Guy.

Anderson appeared in Hexing a Hurricane, a documentary about the first six months in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.[5][16] He and his wife Elizabeth sold Oswald's Speakeasy in October 2006.[16] Anderson continued to present his evening show Wise Guy, which was originally developed for his theater in New Orleans.[16]

In his final years, Anderson appeared in television comedy specials such as in Comedy Bang! Bang! (2013) and Gotham Comedy Live (2014).

His final film portrayal was as Professor Kaman in the 2014 Christian drama film A Matter of Faith.



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:emoji_cry:It broke my heart to first hear this sad news that we lost Harry Anderson. He was a very funny & charismatic person. I've been watching him for years in Night Court and I also loved him in 1990's IT movie. He played adult Richie Tozier. I still watch the reruns of Night Court on Laff TV. He will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Harry Anderson.:emoji_pray:


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