Harry Anderson: Mourned, Remembered by Hollywood Stars

The world of entertainment was dealt a sad blow this week when Harry Anderson died at the age of 65.

The three-time Emmy Award nominee, best known for having starred as a judge on Night Court, was found dead inside his home.

It is believed he died of natural causes.

Below, former co-stars and others in Hollywood remember the actor/magician and respond to the sad news of his passing…

1. Markie Post

The actress, who co-starred with Anderson on Night Court for eight years, Tweeted: “I am devastated. I’ll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I’m devastated.”

2. John Larroquette

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Another Night Court star chimed in: “Harry Anderson. He was wicked smart. He was wicked funny. He had a big laugh. He had a big heart. He delighted in legerdemain especially when he caused someone to scratch their head and proclaim; How the hell did you do that? And he could eat a hamster like no one I ever knew.”

3. Marsha Warfield

She plays Roz on Night Court: “Oh, no! Aw man, I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him. Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend.”

4. The Original Cast

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Warfield also Tweeted this photo of the original Night Court cast. What a funny show.

5. Gilbert Gottfried

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“I appeared on three episodes of “Night Court” way back when. Ran into him in N.Y. not that long ago. Always friendly. Always funny. RIP Harry Anderson.”

6. Judd Apatow

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“I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head. He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy.”

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Harry Anderson Dies; Beloved Night Court Star Was 65

Harry Anderson, the three-time Emmy Award nominee who anchored former NBC sitcom Night Court and who was also a well-known and respected magician, died on Monday morning.

He was 65 years old.

This very sad piece of news was confirmed to TMZ by Anderson’s son, Dashiell, who says his father passed away at his home in North Carolina.

It is believed that Anderson died of natural causes.

At the time of this writing, no foul play is suspected.

He was found at his residence by local police officers.

Anderson is best known to television fans for his role as Judge Harry Stone on Night Court, a series that ran from 1984 through 1992.

During its heyday, the sitcom was part of NBC’s early “Must See TV” Thursday lineup, which also included The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Cheers.

At one point, Anderson was nominated three years in a row for portraying the judge who ruled over a quirky Manhattan court.

Anderson also appeared on Cheers (as Harry the Hat for a six-episode run) and starred in his own sitcom, “Dave’s World,” which ran from 1993 to 1997.

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The hilarious actor kept a lower profile later in life, although you may recognize him from appearances he made on such programs as 30 Rock, Son of the Beach and Comedy Bang! Bang!.

What separated Anderson from many of his peers was the fact that he was actually an accomplished magician.

This was a trait woven into the character of Stone, along with one that Anderson took advantage of in another professional capacity:

He opened a magic shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans and also had a nightclub in the French Quarter called Oswald’s Speakeasy.

Anderson also made a dozen appearances on The Tonight Show to flaunt his impressive array of skills and tricks in this area.

As this news spreads around the Internet, expect plenty of tributes and messages to come pouring in.

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Judd Apatow, for instance, has already Tweeted the following:

“I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head.

“He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy.”

Anderson is survived by two children and his wife, Elizabeth Morgan.

May he rest in peace.


Miranda Lambert and Anderson East: Have They Broken Up?

Recent rumors have had fans wondering for a while if it’s over between Miranda Lambert and Anderson East.

A new report says that the couple has finally split.

But it sounds like no one’s quite sure who ended things. Are they telling different people different versions of their breakup?

A source tells InTouch Weekly that it was 29-year-old Anderson who initiated the breakup with the 34-year-old Miranda.

And, though fans have been hearing rumors that their breakup was imminent for a while now, she was reportedly blindsided.

“She didn’t see it coming.”

The two have been dating for more than two years. They’re both attractive and work in the same industry — Country Music.

And you wouldn’t really expect Anderson to dump Miranda, since she’s the more famous of the two and their relationship has really boosted his name recognition.

At the same time, however, an insider insists that Anderson isn’t the one who decided that it was time to split.

It’s always interesting when different sources are reporting different versions of the same event.

But two people can witness the same car crash and give different accounts of what happened, so that’s human nature, we suppose.

This source does acknowledge that Anderson received quite a boost from this relationship.

“Dating Miranda took him to the top of the musical A-list,” the insider admits.

Well, the Country Music A-list, anyway.

On Miranda’s side, the source tells InTouch that she’s not going to let something like a breakup following a major, long-term relationship keep her down.

“She’s been writing songs and she’ll join The Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town in July.”

“She refuses to sit around feeling sorry for herself.”

Inevitably, fans are going to link this to rumors that Blake Shelton dumped Gwen Stefani, leaving her blindsided, heartbroken, and desperate for his affection.

Will, fans wonder, Blake and Miranda use their respective breakups as a chance to reconcile?

That’s … a lot of speculation.

Especially considering that Blake’s alleged breakup with Gwen was never confirmed, as we cautioned worried readers at the time.

If they did have that alleged huge fight right before he went on the road, it looks like they’ve made up since. And we even mentioned at the time that Gwen and Blake might reconcile before ever announcing a breakup.

But even if both couples broke up at the same time, that doesn’t guarantee that Blake and Miranda would get back together. They split for a reason.

As always, we’re inclined to take breakup reports with a grain of salt.

Especially when it seems like sources can’t agree on who caused it.

It may be that Anderson and Miranda just had something of a spat but don’t feel like talking about it, and their friends are forced to jump to conclusions.

And, as with other breakup reports that we’ve read, they may just reconcile before it ever becomes time for them to confirm or announce that they’ve split.

Relationships, for celebrities and for mere mortals, often work out that way.