Late yesterday afternoon, reports emerged that Night Court star, magician, and all-around goofball Harry Anderson had died at the age of 65. As the sad news of his passing spread on social media, family members, illusionists, and entertainers of all stripes began offering their condolences and sharing their memories of the lovable late TV star.
Daughter Eva Anderson remembers an interview director Judd Apatow once conducted with her father:
My father loved that interview and shared it with us just before your book was published. Thank you so much for capturing him at that moment in his life. It is an incredibly special thing to have. https://t.co/mdsYAMpRSa
— evafay (@evafay) April 17, 2018
Co-star John B. Larroquette says “he could eat a hamster like no one I ever knew”:
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
Derek Delgaudio remembers him as more than “that guy from Night Court”:
Most people know Harry Anderson as “that guy from Night Court.” But he really was one of the greatest comedy magicians of all time. He will be missed. https://t.co/tMKzHCHcAs
— DEREK DELGAUDIO (@derek_del) April 17, 2018
David Copperfield poses with Anderson’s famed three-card Monte props:
The world lost a truly gifted actor and magician – Harry Anderson.
— David Copperfield (@D_Copperfield) April 17, 2018
Tom Stone says what we’re all thinking:
NBC says goodbye to Judge Stone:
We’ll miss you, Harry Anderson. The honorable Judge Harry Stone is forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/CvI61zGKQx
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) April 17, 2018
FISM also shares its condolences:
Sad news, Harry Anderson has passed away. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/PGHkjKkc1C
— FISM ® (@FISMmagic) April 17, 2018
As does Rudy Coby:
Broken-hearted about losing my hero Harry Anderson today. Xoxo pic.twitter.com/ap6ZeIOX3s
— Rudy Coby (@rudycoby) April 17, 2018
Lance Burton remembers working with Harry for the USA For Africa fundraiser:
So sorry to hear the news of Harry Anderson's passing.
I did not know him well, but really liked him. He was a nice man, and a super talented Magician and Actor.
We got to work together in 1985 at a fundraiser to raise money for USA for Africa.
Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/e6lSugm5b2
— Lance Burton (@LanceBurtonMM) April 17, 2018
Neil Patrick Harris remembers working with him in the Magic Castle:
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
Woody Aragon calls him “one of the most important comedy magicians”:
Ha muerto Harry "The Hat" Anderson, uno de los más importantes magos cómicos de los 80. 🙁 https://t.co/n4oP0u6okL
— Woody Aragón (@WoodyAragon) April 17, 2018
David from Magic Orthodoxy shares the first trick he ever bought:
— Magic Orthodoxy (@MagicOrthodoxy) April 17, 2018
Eric Mead says goodbye to an old friend:
Oh no! Harry Anderson has died. Learned so much watching him as I was growing up in magic, and later so lucky to become his friend. I remember him best as the comic con man magician "Harry the Hat." G'night old friend. Thanks for the lessons and laughs. https://t.co/PtKtPACo8Q
— Eric Mead (@meaderic) April 17, 2018
And to close, Ace Cunnings shares a lovely quote from the late performer:
Harry Anderson, A man who could make us all smile. He was a man with many talents. It saddens me to say… Rest In Peace. You will be missed. But never forgotten.
Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it won't keep the wise from trying.
-Harry Anderson pic.twitter.com/IqCsdv31fH
— Ace Cunnings (@AceCunnings) April 17, 2018