"Night Court" was nominated for 31 Emmys and won seven. John Larroquette, Markie Post, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson and Marsha Warfield starred alongside Mr. Anderson.
Judge Harry Stone shared more than a first name with the actor who played him: both the character and the man wore colorful tie sorcerers in their hearts and were super-fans of the jazz-sized Mel Tormé, known as the Velvet Fog, the several Guest appearances on "Night Court". Mr. Anderson was an eulogist at Mr. Tormé's funeral in 1
While he earned critical acclaim and accumulated fanbase on "Night Court," Mr. Anderson has never imagined an actor. "I'm a magician or a performer by nature, and that's always what I was," Mr. Anderson told WGN-TV in Chicago in 2014.
"I was never really an actor," he said. "I was a magician who fell into a part of 'Cheers'."
His role as cheater Harry (the hat) Gitte on "Cheers" – he appeared in six episodes, four in the first two seasons – led to his break on "Night Court" after seeing legendary television manager Brandon Tartikoff had impressed.
Even Harry the Hat repeated the real life of Anderson. In 1985, he told People Magazine that he had run a classic street hustle, the shell game, in San Francisco, where at age 21 he had broken his jaw by an adversary who was furious with the gameplay  Sir. Anderson, one of three children, was born on October 14, 1952 in Newport, R.I. Born and spent much of his childhood traveling, often on the street for money, he told People. At 16, he lived in many cities including Chicago, New York, St. Louis and New Orleans. He landed in California at the age of 16 and found success as a comic book magician opening the door to his acting career.
About his mother, he said to People, "She was a hustler, yes, she did many things, we moved a lot, and she had many male friends."
However, his childhood was not bad, he said He added that his dubious background should not be considered any different from that of his mother. "I respect my mother, she was very worried about taking care of us," he said. "They did what needed to be done to keep us together, people find my criminal days amusing, but they find their background shocking, I draw no line."
Mr. Anderson told people that his father was a salesman who was largely absent in his life and that he had not seen him for 15 years before he died. Anderson survives his wife, the former Elizabeth Morgan, and two children from his first marriage, Leslie Pollack: Eva Fay Anderson and Dashiell Anderson. Information about other survivors was not immediately available.
Before "Night Court," Mr. Anderson appeared several times in "Saturday Night Live." He staged the show at the height of his fame, 1985.
After "Night Court," he starred as the feature columnist Dave Barry in the comedy "Dave's World," which ran from 1993 to 1997 on CBS. He appeared in an episode of "30 Rock" titled "The One with the cast of & # 39; Night Court."
In 2000, Mr. Anderson and his wife Elizabeth moved to New Orleans to return to their roots. They opened the nightclub Oswalds Speakeasy, where he performed, and a magic and curio shop, Sideshow.
However, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, tourism was weak and they could not keep their business alive. Andersons discussed their ruling in 2006 with the New York Times, the year they moved to Asheville
"I had last More people in my car overnight, "Mr. Anderson said, pointing to the thin crowd at Oswald.] He and his wife were also trapped in the depression that was affecting many in New Orleans at the time, Anderson said. Despite efforts to support their community – Mr. Anderson opened his club for what he called the French Quarter Town Hall Meeting – and kept their business, they decided to end it.
"I'm glad we tried to stay," he said, "but I do not want to be the person I will be if I stay here."
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