Harry Anderson’s death shocked the entertainment world and his Night Court co-stars are feeling the brunt of his departure. Hours after Anderson passed, some of his Night Court co-stars, like Markie Post, were too devastated for words as they mourned the passing of a good friend and castmate.
Post wrote a quick note on social media acknowledging Anderson’s death, but she was too devastated to say anything at great length.
Night Court alums Marsha Warfield and John Larroquette felt the same way but managed a few comments about Anderson’s comedic personality and a big heart.
“Harry Anderson. He was wicked smart. He was wicked funny. He had a big laugh. He had a big heart,” Larroquette shared on Twitter.
Anderson died at his Asheville, North Carolina house on Monday. The entertainer was 65 years old at the time of his passing. Police have not released the official cause of death, but they did say foul play was not involved. Anderson’s passing came as a complete shock to Hollywood.
Mel Tormé made nine guest appearances as himself on Night Court. Harry Anderson's character, Judge Harry Stone, was an unabashed Tormé fan, an admiration that Anderson shared in real-life; he would deliver the eulogy at Tormé's funeral. pic.twitter.com/R2deJDHeBw
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In fact, many celebrities expressed their condolences on social media after learning about Anderson’s death, including Neil Patrick Harris, Gilbert Gottfried, Howie Mandell, Zach Braff and producer Judd Apatow.
Gottfried recalled meeting Anderson on the set of Night Court in the ‘90s and praised him for being friendly and hilarious.
Apatow, meanwhile, reminisced about meeting Anderson for an interview when he was only 15 years old. The famous producer immediately thought Anderson showed a lot of talent.
While many remembered Anderson for being funny, Harris called him one of his favorite magicians growing up. Harris and Anderson developed a friendship later in life and worked together at the Academy of Magic Arts, which is based in Hollywood. Anderson even sold Harris some of his memorabilia from when he performed magic shows.
Anderson, of course, is best known for his portrayal of Judge Harry Stone on Night Court. The series aired on NBC from 1984 until 1992. The show took home 7 Emmys and was nominated over 31 times.
?On October 21, 1982, Harry Anderson made his first appearance as the recurring character 'Harry the Hat' on NBC's 'Cheers' pic.twitter.com/su4C8heHHW
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Apart from Anderson, Night Court starred the likes of Larroquette, Post, Richard Moll, Warfield, and Charles Robinson.
Prior to his time on Night Court, Anderson had his first breakout role when he appeared as “Harry the Hat” on Cheers.
Although many considered Harry Anderson a hilarious actor, he always thought of himself as a magician and performer first.