Easily one of the most famous and beloved Saturday Night Live members of all time has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 61.
Macdonald’s death comes as a surprise to many as he apparently kept his 9-year battle with the disease private, according to Deadline.
Born Norman Gene Macdonald on October 17, 1959, in Quebec City, he started his career in Canadian comedy clubs before being hired to write for ‘Roseanne’ in the early 90’s. From there he went on to become a SNL cast member from 1993 to 1998 and becoming famous for his roles on the ‘Weekend Update’ segment as well as several other famous skits, like Celebrity Jeopardy, where he played Burt Reynolds – and so many other great sketches.
The Norm Macdonald “moth Joke,” one of the greatest jokes every told on television. pic.twitter.com/daC9oPVPsU— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) September 14, 2021
Macdonald also had roles in a dozen or so movies, like ‘Dirty Work and the 1995 hit ‘Billy Madison,’ where he starred alongside Adam Sandler.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media, from John Stewart and celebrities across the board, even from some you wouldn’t expect.
I’ve never cried over the death of a “celebrity.”— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) September 14, 2021
Norm Macdonald has changed that.
He was one of the greatest influences of my professional life and one of the last true guards of comedy.
My sorrow is surpassed only by my gratitude for the mark he left on the world.
There’s little doubt he will be remembered as a true comedy legend.
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