LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Actor Harry Anderson died from an apparent stroke, according to his death certificate sources say.
The 66-year-old actor who died on April 16 at the age of 65, suffered a cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident which is a kind of stroke. Anderson passed away at his home in Asheville, North Carolina.
Anderson is known for playing Judge Harry T. Stone in the NBC television series “Night Court,” which ran from 1984-92, earning the series seven Emmy Awards and 31 nominations. Anderson himself won three Emmys and made a number of television appearances including made cameos on “Saturday Night Live,” “Cheers,” “Dave’s World” and portrayed Richie Tozier in the 1990 television miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s thriller “It.”
Harry Anderson was born October 14, 1952 in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was drawn to the art of magic as a boy. After moving to Los Angeles, he practiced his skills often and eventually joined the Dante Magic Club in his teens while also earning money as a street magician in San Francisco when he was 17. He was class valedictorian when he graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1967. He would move to Ashland, Oregon in 1971, performing magic and working with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before turning his attention to Hollywood where he landed the role of Harry "The Hat" Gittes on several seasons of “Cheers,” and eventually as Judge Harry Stone.
Anderson is survived by his wife Elizabeth Morgan and his children, Eva and Dashiell.