Anderson became a household name in the USA as he played Judge Harry T. Stone on sitcom Night Court that ran from 1984 to 1992.
Anderson was found at his home by police officers early Monday morning, according to a report by WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Spartanburg, S.C. No foul play was suspected, police told the station.
Born in Rhode Island in 1952, Anderson moved to Los Angeles as a teen, and after graduating from Hollywood High School, he moved to San Francisco, where he reportedly made money as a street magician.
(AP) - Authorities say actor Harry Anderson of "Night Court" comedy series fame has died in North Carolina.
He will be missed by many fans who grew up with him on Cheers and Night Court as well as many of his peers both in the Hollywood industry and the magic industry. Richard Moll played the court's iconic bailiff, Bull. Torme appeared several times on the show, which was a hit for NBC from 1984 to 1992.
In 2008, the actor made a guest appearance as himself on NBC's 30 Rock. That series ran from 1993 until 1997.
Anderson is also remembered for his powerful performance as the grown-up Richie Tozier in the iconic 1990 horror miniseries It.
Anderson also appeared on "Cheers" and "Saturday Night Live".
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Anderson. He even bought a comedy club in New Orleans, a city where he'd once worked as a street magician. My honest condolences to his family. The NBC sitcom like a mixture between Cheers, Barney Miller, and even Fawlty Towers to some extent, as a motley crew of zany and insane characters passed through Anderson's judge's bench, not mention his co-workers, John Larroquette and Markie Post, among others.
TV host and comic Chris Hardwick also mourned the loss, tweeting, " NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And what I want to do is card tricks and magic.' That includes magic shows for corporate clients ("Fifty-five minutes with applause", says Anderson) at $20,000 a pop.
"I am richer than Davy Crockett", Anderson said in the story.
Here are a number of other memories stars have posted to honor Anderson's life and legacy.
Anderson is survived by his wife Elizabeth Morgan and his 2 children from his first marriage.