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Entertainment Norm Macdonald, comedian and Saturday Night Live star, dies at 61

02:26  15 september  2021
02:26  15 september  2021 Source:   celebrity.nine.com.au

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Norm Macdonald, the deadpan comedian, actor, writer and Saturday Night Live star, has died after a private battle with cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.

Macdonald's cancer diagnosis was kept secret from the public, but he battled it for nine years. "Norm was an original! He defined American humor with honesty and blunt force," Jeff Danis, president of DPN Talent, told Variety in a statement.

Dozens of comedians, like Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart, Ron Funches and Jim Gaffigan, paid tribute to Macdonald, "one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived," on social media.

Norm MacDonald wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Norm MacDonald has died after a private battle with cancer. © Getty Norm MacDonald has died after a private battle with cancer.

The comedian got his start in showbiz as a writer on Roseanne in 1992 after making rounds at comedy clubs in Canada. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1993, and the next year he began his memorable stint as Weekend Update anchor until early 1998 when he was replaced by Colin Quinn. Macdonald was known for his dry humour, non-sequiturs and impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and many more during his five-year run on the show.

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Macdonald anchored Weekend Update during the O.J. Simpson trial, where he delivered one of his most memorable jokes at the top of the episode following Simpson's acquittal: "Well, it is finally official: murder is legal in the state of California." After his removal from Weekend Update, Macdonald accused NBC exec Don Ohlmeyer of firing him over his controversial Simpson jokes, though Ohlmeyer cited poor ratings.

After exiting SNL, Macdonald created The Norm Show with Bruce Helford on ABC, which ran from 1999 until 2001. The comedian starred as Norm Henderson, an NHL player who is banned for life because of gambling and tax evasion, so he must perform five years of community service as a social worker. The cast included Laurie Metcalf, Ian Gomez, Max Wright, Artie Lange and Faith Ford, and the show ran for three seasons.

Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald dies at 61

  Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald dies at 61 Comedy star Norm Macdonald has died at the age of 61. © Bang Showbiz Norm Macdonald The 'Saturday Night Live' star passed away after battling cancer for more than a decade. Jeff Danis, the president of DPN Talent and one of the comedian's representatives, said in a statement to Variety: "Norm was an original! He defined American humour with honesty and blunt force." The late star - who was known for his distinctive deadpan style - wrote for the sitcom 'Roseanne' earlier in his career, while he also made guest appearances on programmes like 'The Drew Carey Show'.

Norm MacDonald wearing a suit and tie: Norm MacDonald during the 'Weekend Update' skit on April 12, 1997. © NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Norm MacDonald during the 'Weekend Update' skit on April 12, 1997.

In the 1990s, Macdonald appeared in films like Billy Madison, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle as the voice of Lucky the dog. In 1998, he starred in the film Dirty Work, directed by Bob Saget based on the Roald Dahl short story, about two friends who raise money to pay for heart surgery for one of their fathers by starting a revenge-for-hire business. The cast included Lange, Chris Farley, Jack Warden, Traylor Howard, Chevy Chase, Christopher McDonald and featured cameos by Don Rickles, Adam Sandler, John Goodman, and more.

Macdonald went on to provide voice work in the Dr. Dolittle sequels and other animated films and shows. He voiced Lieutenant Yaphit, a gelatinous, shape-shifting engineer on Fox's sci-fi comedy The Orville, starring Seth MacFarlane. A third season of the show is set to release on Hulu.

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