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Harry Anderson Biography

Birth Place:
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Actor, comic, magician

Fast Facts

  • Had a transient childhood, living in various cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco
  • Performed as a street magician as a youth and ran a street-hustling shell game in San Francisco at the age of 16
  • Not all were pleased with his street hustling: His jaw was once broken by an indignant victim of a con
  • Acted in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the early 1970s
  • Guest starred on the sitcom Cheers as likable con man Harry "The Hat" Gittes
  • In 1989, coauthored a book about magic, swindles and trickery titled Games You Can't Lose: A Guide for Suckers
  • Opened a nightclub in New Orleans called Oswald's Speakeasy in 2005


  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated


  • Eva Fay Anderson -- Daughter
  • Leslie Pollack -- Ex-wife
  • Dashiell Anderson -- Son
  • Elizabeth Morgan Anderson -- Wife