The “Night Court” cast has been “ravaged” by Anderson’s death
John Larroquette summarized his feelings for the loss of fellow nightclub star Harry Anderson in one word on Monday.
“Heartsick”, wrote Larroquette. Late at night, he added: “He was evil, he was evil, he had a big laugh, he had a big heart, he delighted in a game of prestige especially when he made someone jump and proclaimed: how the hell did you do it? hamster like nobody I’ve ever known. ”
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.
— John B. Larroquette (@johnlarroquette) April 17, 2018
Anderson, 65, was found dead in his North Carolina home by police on Monday morning. The loss of the actor who played the good-natured judge Harry Stone, from 1984 to 1992, brought out tributes from former cast members and stars.
Marsha Warfield, who entered the Night Court in 1986 when the third bailiff of the event, Rosalind Russell, left a teary video on her Facebook page filmed in the front seat of her car after hearing the sad news.
“I did not know I would be that emotional or I would not have started this video,” Warfield said, barely holding back his tears.
“Harry was a good man, a good friend, he was good to me when I got on the Night Court,” said Warfield. “Harry was the first to contact me and offer advice and help I needed and I needed a lot at that time.”
Warfield said he was about to go home and try to “process” the passage.
“I hope his family is comforted to know that he was so loved and so talented,” he said in closing. “I’ll miss you, Harry, Harry hat, rest in peace.”
Markie Post, who played Christine Sullivan in the Night Court, failed to put together a tribute because it was too emotional. He said he would talk later, “but for now I am devastated”.
I am devastated. I’ll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I’m devastated.
— Markie Post (@markie_post) April 16, 2018
I’m very sorry to learn of the death of Harry Anderson. He was a very talented guy, and, more important, a genuinely nice guy.
— Dave Barry (@rayadverb) April 17, 2018
Neil Patrick Harris was “stunned” by the death of fellow wizard Anderson, who worked at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Harris called it “one of my growing comedies and magical inspirations”.
Stunned by the passing of Harry Anderson, one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up. We became friendly over the years – he worked at the @MagicCastle_AMA and recently sold me a handful of great magic memorabilia. My sincere condolences to his family. #RIP pic.twitter.com/k9FITPIaBS
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 17, 2018
“The world has lost a truly gifted actor and wizard: Harry Anderson,” wrote the illusionist David Copperfield. “Popular for his role in the Night Court, Harry has also inspired generations of magicians with his unique style.”
The world lost a truly gifted actor and magician – Harry Anderson.
— David Copperfield (@D_Copperfield) April 17, 2018
NBC, which aired Night Court, wrote on Twitter: “We’ll miss you, Harry Anderson The honorable judge Harry Stone is forever in our hearts.”
We’ll miss you, Harry Anderson. The honorable Judge Harry Stone is forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/CvI61zGKQx
— NBC (@nbc) April 17, 2018
“I remember driving with NJ for a $ 40 / night concert with him before he became a great star,” recalled Mad About You, Paul Reiser, adding, “Nobody does it AFTER I’m a big star. of the best guys, a kind soul, we will miss RIP’s friend. ”
So sad to hear of passing of #HarryAnderson. I remember driving to NJ for $40/night gigs with him, before he became a huge star. (Nobody does that AFTER they’re a huge star.) He was truly one of the nicest guys. A gentle soul. He will be missed. RIP friend..
— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) April 17, 2018
The comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who said he was a guest star in Night Court several times “since”, wrote “Ran inside him in New York not long ago, always friendly, always fun.”
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
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) April 17, 2018
Producer Judd Apatow wrote about being 15 and interviewing star Anderson.
“He was so kind, frank and funny,” Apatow wrote. “He was a unique talent that made millions so happy.”
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. https://t.co/0ksw4WKvxB
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 16, 2018
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I loved this guy even though I had never met him. Loved his comedy, his appearances on SNL (when they still had stand-ups), and Night Court is one of my all-time favorite sitcoms. I hope he is in some magical afterlife doing card tricks with Mel Tormé. #RIPHarry https://t.co/4l2vMz3zdw
— ʞɔiwbɿɒH ꙅiɿʜƆ (@hardwick) April 16, 2018