Cheers Star And Comedy Legend Found Dead At His Home

Harry Anderson was known as much for his magic tricks as his comedy.

Comedy actor and sitcom favourite Harry Anderson has passed away.

The 65-year-old was found dead at his home in North Carolina on Monday night, with his son Dashiell Anderson later confirming he died of natural causes.

A familiar face to anyone that grew up watching American comedy in the 1980s, Anderson’s biggest role came as Judge Harry T. Stone on the hit series Night Court, which ran from 1984 to 1992.

Anderson’s work on the show earned him three Emmy nominations but arguably isn’t his most memorable TV appearance.

That came instead as the recurring character Harry “The Hat” Gittes on Cheers. A magican and con man on the show, Harry “The Hat” was at the centre of several memorable episodes.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Anderson made a total of eight appearances on Saturday Night Life during an eventful career.

He also found time for serious dramatic work too, playing the adult version of Richie Tozer in the 1990 TV adaptaion of Stephen King’s It.

His other credits include The New Adventures of Superman, Comedy Bang! Bang!, 30 Rock and Tales From the Crypt.

Anderson also featured on the documentary Hexing a Hurricane, which charted the area after it was hit by Hurricane Katrina, close to where he lived.

He leaves behind a rich legacy of acting, comedy and magic work. R.I.P. Harry.

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