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Old 04-16-2018, 06:13 PM
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Harry Anderson Dead at 65.

No more magic tricks from the bench, it seems.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:24 PM
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Shit.
Night Court is one of my all-time favorites.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:29 PM
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I loved Harry Anderson. He and John Larroquette made Night Court a great show. RIP.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:29 PM
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Ah crap, I forgot he existed. Now that I remember, I'm sads.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:38 PM
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Aw man. Harry the Hat was my favorite minor recurring character on Cheers. Loved his stage show too.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:05 PM
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Wow, shocking.

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Old 04-16-2018, 07:07 PM
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Dave's World was pretty funny, at least to me in my teens. Starting to suffer from Babylon 5 syndrome.

Both Meshach Taylor and Harry Anderson have died under the age of 70.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:08 PM
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He lived in my town, where I occasionally teach magic tricks to kids. I dreamt of somehow bringing him as a guest to one of my classes. Too late now.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:19 PM
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"You know, around here they call me the 'Magical Magistrate.'"

(aside)"No we don't, we call him 'Skinny Butt.'"

"Shh."
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:21 PM
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Sad, sad news. Night Court is probably my favorite non-animated sitcom ever.

RIP, Harry. You will be missed.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:24 PM
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Only two years older than I am. Shit!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! RIP.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:37 PM
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How could he possibly be 65?!
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:41 PM
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Sad news, I concur with others here that Night Court often gets overlooked as one of the great comedy shows.

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Old 04-16-2018, 07:46 PM
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Boo. I loved the show, and liked the man. He will be missed.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:01 PM
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Wow, that's not one I was expecting. I was young enough for Night Court that I can't really rely on my memories of how good it was, but what I remember was mostly pretty good.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:13 PM
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Bummer on two fronts. Sorry to see him go. And I'm 65.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:45 PM
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Holy hell, I just mentioned him in the Baker's Dozen game thread like yesterday. Such a shame.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:47 PM
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Best judge ever.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:50 PM
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:52 PM
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I was in Paul's Magic & Fun Shop the day Paul hung up on Harry. I liked Mr. Anderson's show and I loved his stage act, but I had no sympathy for him that day. Still, I could never bring myself to dislike the guy: he was just too ddamned much fun to watch.

RIP Harry.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:13 PM
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Damn.


I remember being shocked when I learned that the part of Harry Stone was not written specifically for Harry Anderson.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:22 PM
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65? That is way too young.

*sad Bull noise*
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:27 PM
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I always envision him when I think about Dave Barry instead of--you know--Dave Barry.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:30 PM
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Good night, Harry. Tell Houdini to drop by some time.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:30 PM
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Anyone else remember his appearances on Saturday Night Live?
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:39 PM
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Also, snapped pencil, raised hands, table, doll.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:57 PM
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WTF? Dead? Of "natural causes"? There are "natural causes" that kill you off at 65 these days?

Damn shame, had tons of fun watching him.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:08 PM
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Anyone else remember his appearances on Saturday Night Live?
There was a Three Card Monte routine he did on SNL that I watched several times. It had a great, relaxed, old-fashioned but articulate vibe to it, and the magic was pretty good. When I figured out how it was done it was just beautiful in its simplicity.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:09 PM
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WTF? Dead? Of "natural causes"? There are "natural causes" that kill you off at 65 these days?
There are lots of causes that are natural but not simple.

Anyway, it's just shorthand for "in case you were wondering, no he didn't kill himself" - to the extent that the apparent literal meaning is hardly worth exploring - I don't suppose it ever meant the literal meaning. "Natural causes" means "pretty much any way except murder or suicide or tragic accident" - it doesn't mean "causes that you'd immediately classify as natural".
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:24 PM
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How could he possibly be 65?!
I'm surprised he wasn't older, he wasn't even 30 when night court started.
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:54 AM
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Damn. I grew up watching this show at the tail end of Must See TV after Cosby, Family Ties, and Cheers. Caught it on reruns many times after that.

I just finished the 7th season of a Night Court binge last night and then woke up to find out he was gone.

My father was also a judge, and he passed away a few years ago. Now both of the judges from my childhood are gone =(

RIP Harry
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:24 AM
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"Me and Skip were just kidding, folks!"
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:42 AM
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Ah crap, I forgot he existed. Now that I remember, I'm sads.
This is pretty much how I feel. I haven't seen him on TV in years, forgot all about him, but Night Court was one of my favorite shows when it was on. Bummer.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:27 AM
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Aw man. Harry the Hat was my favorite minor recurring character on Cheers. Loved his stage show too.
I loved him on Cheers. Just this past weekend I watched the ep where he and Coach con the card sharp that fleeced Coach, one of my faves.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:12 AM
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I am in utter shock.

Anderson was a huge Mel Tourme fan, and I loved the way they put him into the show.

He was the voice of both sanity and tolerance in his crazy world. A lesson for us all.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:40 AM
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When it was on, Night Court was my favorite sitcom (and I always got so mad when it was preempted for Days and Nights of Molly Dodd) and I always enjoyed Anderson's performance. I also enjoyed his appearances on SNL and Cheers but mostly missed Dave's World when it was on. RIP.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:41 AM
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We watched the run of Cheers shows with Diane in them a while back.

His Cheers character was really great. Too bad they watered down his Night Court character. The other characters tended to outshine his.

Night Court appears to hit the sweet spot in popularity in reruns. Just enough interest that OTA secondary channels will carry it but not so popular that the fees are too high to justify running them.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:34 AM
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His Cheers character was really great. Too bad they watered down his Night Court character. The other characters tended to outshine his.
Only Sane Man. Just by comparison, in that particular crowd, he was, despite his own hijinks.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:36 AM
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I was in Paul's Magic & Fun Shop the day Paul hung up on Harry. I liked Mr. Anderson's show and I loved his stage act, but I had no sympathy for him that day. Still, I could never bring myself to dislike the guy: he was just too ddamned much fun to watch.

RIP Harry.
Is this a well known story or just a personal anecdote? Either way I would like to hear more. Harry was one of those celebrities that I had never heard negative comments about.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:48 AM
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"Me and Skip were just kidding, folks!"
Nothing had me laughing as much as when he was doing the "skewer through the arm" routine.

"Oh, c'mon! It's just a trick!"

Guess you had to be watching.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:09 PM
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I had a serious crush on Harry Anderson during his Cheers and Night Court days.

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Anderson was a huge Mel Tourme fan, and I loved the way they put him into the show.
Yes! As a kid I'd heard Mel Tormé's recording of "The Christmas Song" (which he co-wrote), but the first time I ever heard anything else by him was on Night Court. I'm a jazz singer, and I still think of Harry/that show whenever I listen to Mel. ♫ ♥
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Old 04-18-2018, 01:58 AM
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He really kind of shut things down after Dave's World. Did he just decide that he had had enough of the Hollywood game at that point?
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:13 AM
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He really kind of shut things down after Dave's World. Did he just decide that he had had enough of the Hollywood game at that point?
I hadn't really realized what he'd been up to after Dave's World. His entry on Wikipedia indicates that he had moved to New Orleans, where he and his second wife ran a magic shop, and a speakeasy, and that he did a one-man stage show in that city for some time, before moving again to North Carolina.

I'd imagine that he might have been financially set after two long-running, successful TV series, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he wanted to live a lower-profile life. I loved all of his work, and I'm sad to see that he died too young.

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I thought he was great as the adult Ritchie Tozier in the "It" miniseries (he was the grown-up version of Seth Green).

And Harry, your passing hit me in a little corner of my soul that was previously only occupied by John Ritter. I never really thought I was watching actors. It was like watching a friend.
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The Ringer added a poignant obituary yesterday that's worth a read. It also details his life after sitcoms (he never considered himself an actor, for starters).

https://www.theringer.com/tv/2018/4/17/17248358/harry-anderson-obituary-night-court-magic
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Old 04-18-2018, 01:10 PM
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Thank you for sharing that, witzel. A great article, and it does explain why he largely vanished from TV after Dave's World. I'm glad to hear that it was because he wanted to get back to doing what he loved.
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Yesterday I bought Season 1 of Night Court via iTunes/Apple TV ($10), and started watching it. Seemed like the thing to do. I can see buying a few more seasons.

FWIW, S1 E2 is the reason I started watching Night Court: Michael J. Fox had a cameo as a teen criminal (he was 22 when it aired). Family Ties had started me down the road of becoming a massive Fox fan -- he's the only celebrity I've ever written to; I think I still have the scrapbook I made in high school -- and when I read that he was going to guest-star on this new show, I decided to watch. Then I stuck around for Harry Anderson. Back then I tended to pick shows based on cute boys.

(Hell, sometimes I still do!)
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Old 04-18-2018, 01:38 PM
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The Ringer added a poignant obituary yesterday that's worth a read. It also details his life after sitcoms (he never considered himself an actor, for starters).

https://www.theringer.com/tv/2018/4/17/17248358/harry-anderson-obituary-night-court-magic
That was amazing; thanks for linking it.
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Shit.
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Is this a well known story or just a personal anecdote? Either way I would like to hear more. Harry was one of those celebrities that I had never heard negative comments about.
I want to know, too.
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