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RIP: Harry Anderson – Night Court, Steven King’s It

Harry Anderson, 65, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018
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Harry Anderson, 65, was found dead in his Ashville, North Carolina home, Monday, April 16, 2018. Foul play is not suspected. Anderson is best remembered for his roles of Harry Stone on NBC’s Night Court and as the original Richie Tozier in the made-for-television version of Steven King’s It.

Anderson’s career began in high school with his love of magic. He joined the Dante Magic Club in his teens and worked as young as 17 as a street magician in San Francisco. He appeared on Saturday Night Live, which lead to a reoccurring character of Harry “The Hat” Gittes on Cheers. This opened the door for his break out role of Judge Harry Stone on Night Court. In 1990, he took a more serious turn as the adult Ritchie Tozier in Steven King’s It. After It, he starred in the series Dave’s World, based on live and columns of humor columnist Dave Barry. He also appeared in such television shows as Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and 30 Rock.

Tiring of the glitz of Hollywood, he moved to New Orleans to open a small shop in the French Quarter named, “Sideshow”.  In 2005, he opened a nightclub named “Oswald’s Speakeasy,” where he performed a one-man show named, “Wise Guy.” He and his wife sold the nightclub in 2006 before moving to North Carolina.

Our hearts go out to Anderson’s wife, family, and friends. Anderson’s comedy was a big part of my teen years. His infectious laugh and playful “Waka Waka” will be missed. As a magician, he has pulled off the greatest trick: disappearing.

 

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