Magician, Judge, Newspaper Columnist Harry Anderson Has Died At 65

Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center, when DiMaio played a public defender on a short run of Night Court episodes.

Asheville, NC—Harry Anderson, former street magician turned actor, died at his home on Monday. He was 65.

Best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on NBC’s “Night Court” from 1984 to 1992, Anderson also starred in the TV show “Dave’s World” as a fictional version of columnist Dave Barry, and appeared on “Cheers,” “Tales From the Dark Side” and “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.”

On the big screen, Anderson appeared in such films as “The Escape Artist,” “Hexing a Hurricane,” “RECOiL” and “A Matter of Faith.” 

He is survived by his second wife and two children.

All Rise. Criminal Court Part Two Is Now In Mourning. “Night Court” Creator Reinhold Weege Dies

Reinhold Weege

Before finding success as a writer Reinhold Weege attempted, unsuccessfully, to market a line of custom “talking” boards.

La Jolla, CA—Reinhold Weege, creator of NBC’s “Night Court,” which ran on the network for nine seasons between 1984 and 1992, died of natural causes on Dec. 1st. He was 62.

He had a writing credit on 105 of the show’s 192 episodes. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award for best comedy series in 1985, 1987 and 1988 without ever winning.

Weege first found success in Hollywood writing for the TV adaptations of “M*A*S*H” and “Semi-Tough.” He also wrote for “Barney Miller” and its spinoff, “Fish,” before creating the memorable characters of Judge Harry Stone, played by Harry Anderson, and Dan Fielding, played by John Larroquette, who won an unprecedented four straight Emmys playing the role of the lecherous assistant DA.

In addition to “Night Court,” Weege created, with lesser degrees of success, the programs, “Park Place,” and the TV adaptation of “RECOiL.”
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