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Disappearing Act: Inside Harry Anderson's Hermit Life After Fame

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Apr. 17 2018, Updated 12:44 a.m. ET

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 Harry Anderson, who died suddenly on Monday, April 16  at the age of 65, had long given up the Hollywood spotlight, and finished his years living in a quiet, North Carolina town. Check out this RadarOnline.com gallery to see how the former star lived out the rest of his life before his unexpected passing

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Anderson, a magician-turned-comedian who won multiple Emmys for his roles on such classic shows like Night CourtCheer, and Dave’s World, once said he never set out to be an actor.

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 "I did a Saturday Night Live, just a guest spot," Anderson told the Bradenton Herald  in 2015. "Les Charles (the creator of Cheers) called me and said I had beaten him out of $20 in a shell game in San Francisco."

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After helming the short-lived sitcom Dave’s World, based on the life of humor columnist Dave Barry, Anderson dropped out of showbiz to open a restaurant and magic store in New Orleans with his second wife, Elizabeth. He was married to his first wife, Leslie Pollack, from 1977–1999.

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But the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina forced Anderson to close up shop and move to North Carolina, leaving his restaurant dreams behind.

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He toured sporadically over the last decade, performing magic and stand-up comedy, but never enjoyed the kind of success he found in the 1980’s, during his Night Court heydays.

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Most recently, he spent his time making sets for his magic shows — a far cry from his TV glory days. Before his death, he had returned to TV in the Christian film Matter of Faith.

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Anderson was found dead Monday morning, April 16, at his Asheville, N.C. home.

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Cops say “foul play” is not suspected in his passing.

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