This One HURTS. Harry Anderson Dies

@FourWalls (13703)
United States
April 16, 2018 6:52pm CST
Most people who know me well know that the last episodic TV series I watched was Night Court. Needless to say, the news of that show's star, Harry Anderson, dying this morning was a sucker punch and a half to me. Anderson was also, for decades, the only actor I'd ever met. He did a comedy/magic show tour while Night Court was on hiatus in 1986, and I drove up to Cleveland (the closest place to me that he was appearing) to see both shows. Afterward, I got to meet him and get his autograph. There are a few shows that you simply do not want to get into a "trivia game" against me about, and one of them is Night Court. Here are a few tidbits about Harry: 1. He was dyslexic. Severely so. When home computers were an expensive novelty in the late 80s/early 90s he bought a Mac and some software to help him overcome his dyslexia. 2. He really was a Mel Tormé fan. So much so that he hosted a New Year's Eve event on TV with Tormé once. He also delivered a eulogy at Tormé's funeral. 3. He was TALL. The reason that he didn't appear to be tall is that the other men in the cast were also tall. The "short guy" is Charles Robinson (Mac), who is "only" 6'2", and Richard Moll (Bull) is 6'8" (so everyone looks short standing next to him). Reinhold Wegee said that one of the ultimate pieces of trivia about the show is that it had the tallest male cast in history! 4. Anderson had a significant role in helping New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He owned a comedy club/magic store in the French Quarter at the time, and his club became a meeting place after the waters began to recede. (And a side note: he was mugged one night as he left the club, which was the "final straw" in his decision to leave New Orleans for Asheville, North Carolina.) He said he wasn't an actor as much as a "hustler" playing himself in front of the camera, but I do beg to differ. He did two made-for-TV remake films in his career: The Absent-Minded Professor, and Harvey. In either you'll see a gentle soul come through...definitely nothing to make you forget the originals (especially in the case of Harvey), but plenty of evidence to show that he had considerable acting skills. Additionally, he was the star of Dave's World, based (very) loosely on columnist Dave Barry. He also appeared on Cheers, Saturday Night Live, and even had his own Showtime special in the mid-80s. A sad farewell to Harry Anderson, who was just 65. Harry explaining a magic trick:
Harry Anderson performing one of his signature routines: "The Grappler." This performance is from his 1996 television special titled: "Tricks Of His Trade."
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@dgobucks226 (12105)
17 Apr
Just saw it on the internet. I figured it would be mentioned on My Lot. One of my favorite can't miss it shows of the 80's. Great write up. Great cast and interplay among all the characters. Dan, Bull, Harry, and Christine made each story line hilarious. Had a crush on Markie Post. Hey, she was hot back then... Harry T. Stone was as classic as Sam Malone in Cheers.
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@dodoazo (19346)
• Philippines
17 Apr
Sorry to hear that. I know a little about Harry Anderson. I had watched The Absent-minded Professor and Harvey.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Jun
And was it a Cheers episode in which he played a con man? I think it was.
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@FourWalls (13703)
• United States
2 Jun
I think he was in six episodes of Cheers, including one where he helped Coach con a con man. He was listed as the "technical adviser" for that episode, and he later explained that he came up with that con (as well as one late in the show's history, where he helped Sam get revenge on the rival bar).
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Jun
@FourWalls - Ah, yes, I remember now. It's been quite awhile since I've watched Cheers.
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@snowy22315 (47074)
• United States
17 Apr
I just saw that on FB. I had no idea he was so young. It is only that since I am getting older that I think someone 65 is young..! He must have been very young when playing in Night Court.
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@FourWalls (13703)
• United States
17 Apr
I know. The closer I get to 60 the younger 80 looks. He was, I think 31 when Night Court started.
@1hopefulman (28362)
• Canada
17 Apr
I remember watching the show when it was on. Sad to see him go at a young age. RIP
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@1hopefulman (28362)
• Canada
17 Apr
I just watched the video and it was so funny!
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• United States
2 Jun
I am so sorry to hear this. I didn't know it until I read your post. I loved that show.
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• United States
21 Apr
That is a HUGE shock to me! I had the biggest crush on Harry Anderson from watching him on Night Court (which is on several of the retro tv stations on the dish television networks). I could tell from the way he carried himself and how he portrayed the character of Judge Stone that Harry was a gentle soul. We've lost a great and gentle man!
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• United States
19 Apr
he was born in the town where i live.
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Apr
That's very sad. 65 isn't old at all.
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@allen0187 (33125)
• Philippines
17 Apr
Saw the news online. Sad day indeed. He will be missed.
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@TRBRocks420 (77372)
• Banks, Oregon
17 Apr
RIP to him he was one of my favorite too.
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@sugartoes (40718)
• Greencastle, Indiana
17 Apr
there goes another GREAT person that has touched a lot of people in his life.
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@jstory07 (66957)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Apr
That is sad and Harry Anderson will be missed.
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