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Harry Anderson, an actor best known for his role in the sitcom "Night Court," has died at the age of 65. (Source: Associated Press) Harry Anderson, an actor best known for his role in the sitcom "Night Court," has died at the age of 65. (Source: Associated Press)

(RNN) – Harry Anderson, an actor best known for his role in the sitcom "Night Court," has died at the age of 65.

Police officials told WSPA and The Hollywood Reporter that Anderson died at his home in Asheville, NC, Monday morning.

Anderson starred as Judge Harry T. Stone in "Night Court" from 1984 to 1992. He was nominated for three Emmys for his work on the show.

Foul play isn't suspected in his death.

The Asheville Police Department responded to a call from Anderson's home at 6:41 a.m. Monday, and found Anderson deceased, Asheville PD Public Affairs officer Christina Hallingse told The Hollywood Reporter.

Anderson was born on Oct. 14, 1952 in Newport, RI. Anderson said he never planned on becoming an actor. He actually started his show business career as a street magician, and fell into acting by some happy accidents.

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." Guest spots on that show landed Anderson his breakout role in "Night Court" as Judge Stone - a character who, like Anderson, also was a magician.

After "Night Court," Anderson had a starring role in the show "Dave's World," in which he played humorist Dave Barry. He also appeared in the HBO series "Tales from the Crypt" and the 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It."

Although he had a long television career, Anderson said he never came to consider himself an actor.

"I never auditioned for anything," Anderson told the Bradenton Herald. "I had the scripts next to me behind the bench. They named the character Harry so I'd remember to react when someone said my name. By the time they figured out that I couldn't act scared on the subway at 4 a.m., I already had a five-year contract."

Anderson eventually returned to live performance. He even bought a comedy club in New Orleans, a city where he'd once worked as a street magician. He often performed a one-man show - a mix of magic and humor - until Hurricane Katrina swept through.

The storm didn't damage Anderson's club, but the destruction it caused did keep tourists from the city, and audiences from the club. He closed the venue, left New Orleans and moved to Asheville.

Friends and admirers took to Twitter to remember Anderson and offer their condolences.

Director and standup comedian Judd Apatow fondly reminisced about the time he interviewed Anderson as a young man:

Dave Barry honored the actor who'd portrayed him on network TV:

Comic book writer and television producer Paul Dini praised Anderson's gifts for comedy and magic:

Anderson is survived by his wife Elizabeth Morgan and two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack.

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