Comedian and actor Norm Macdonald dead at 61 | CBC News


Norm Macdonald, the Canadian-born comedian who became an influential cast member of Saturday Night Live after he joined in 1993, has died. He was 61.

Entertainment news site Deadline first reported his death Tuesday. Macdonald’s manager, Marc Gurvitz of Brillstein Entertainment, also confirmed the news to CBC News. 

Macdonald was born in Quebec City on Oct. 17, 1959, the son of two schoolteachers, and spent his early years as a stand-up comedian touring across Canada.

He went on to write for shows like Roseanne and The Dennis Miller Show in the early ’90s, before going on to host SNL’s iconic segment “Weekend Update” from 1994-97.

After leaving SNL, he created and starred in the comedy The Norm Show for ABC, playing a former NHL player kicked out of the league for gambling and tax evasion and forced into community service as a social worker.

He became known for his impressions, including Burt Reynolds, who gave Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek character grief on SNL‘s recurring “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch. He also impersonated Bob Dole, Larry King and David Letterman.

Macdonald died after a private battle with cancer, Brillstein stated, and had chosen not to share his health problems with the public. 

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