The NBC sitcom like a mixture between Cheers, Barney Miller, and even Fawlty Towers to some extent, as a motley crew of zany and insane characters passed through Anderson's judge's bench, not mention his co-workers, John Larroquette and Markie Post, among others.
"Stunned by the passing of Harry Anderson, one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up".
Anderson became a household name in the USA as he played Judge Harry T. Stone on sitcom Night Court that ran from 1984 to 1992.
Anderson's street magic act led to a guest spot on "Saturday Night Live", where he grabbed the attention of a producer for the sitcom "Cheers". That role in turn led him to the role of Harry Stone on Night Court, a goofy judge in a Manhattan night court who had a fondness for magic and a love of Mel Torme's music.
The role earned him three Emmy nominations throughout the show's nine-season run from 1984 to 1992.
Barry said on Twitter that Anderson "was a very talented guy, and, more important, a genuinely nice guy". They named the character Harry so I'd do not forget to react when someone said my name.More news: Nixon gets new endorsement for NY governor race
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Anderson, Post and Charlie Robinson - who played a court clerk on Night Court - all starred as themselves in a 2008 episode of 30 Rock titled "The One With the Cast of Night Court".
Following Night Court, Anderson starred in the sitcom Dave's World, in which he played Dave Barry, the Miami Herald columnist on whom the show was based. He moved to California at the age of 16 to be with his father. He closed the venue, left New Orleans and moved to Asheville.
Anderson is also remembered for his powerful performance as the grown-up Richie Tozier in the iconic 1990 horror miniseries It. "I can settle back and do what I want to do".
Anderson is survived by his wife Elizabeth Morgan and his 2 children from his first marriage.
He was also an accomplished magician and even opened a magic shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He often performed a one-man show - a mix of magic and humor - until Hurricane Katrina swept through.