Harry Anderson, Dead at 65

Harry AndersonHarry Anderson was 65. He was the actor best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the television series Night Court. Prior to that, he made many appearances on Saturday Night Live and appeared as Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers.

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MMMMM...Markie Post!! No, seriously, Night Court was my favourite sitcom when it was on the
air. Didn't care much for his follow-up show "Dave's World", but after that he pretty much disappeared into the air, almost like a magic, which is no surprise, since he was also a magician.
P.S., best sitcom theme ever. Can't beat that funky bass, woodblock and sweet sax action!! RIP.

April 17, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Al The Royal Pain

One of my favourite sitcoms as well.

April 17, 2018 @ 9:28 AM


Introduced me to Mel Torme! Great memories with that show.

April 17, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

James Edgar

Loved Night Court RIP

April 17, 2018 @ 10:52 AM


This was sad to hear. To most, he was an actor, but what he really was was a magician. He fell into acting by accident -- a series of lucky breaks resulted in him getting a spot on SNL, back during the brief period where they had stand-up comics performing between skits. Then he landed the recurring role on Cheers, and then got Night Court. He used to tell a great story about the series of offers he got that led him from club magician and street hustler to TV star in the space of a few months. The "Harry the Hat" character on Cheers was actually the character he created for his magic. You can find his first TV special on YouTube, called "Hello Sucker." It's funny stuff, and really the thing to watch to see him at his best.

He never stopped doing magic -- it was the one thing he always stuck with, and dedicated his life to. In his later years, he was doing lectures for magicians. Magic isn't for all tastes, but Harry Anderson was one of those who treated it as an art, and when you heard him lecture, you realized just how much thought and effort went into creating those smart-ass routines and giving them depth.

He was more than just the "needle-through-arm" guy ... he was a performer who respected his audience, and spent his career as a magician working against the "I know something you don't know" way that many other magicians perform.

April 17, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Loved night court, I am always amazed at what I learn on Toronto Mike, thanks Barry.

April 17, 2018 @ 4:19 PM

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