Canadian comedian, actor Norm Macdonald dead at 61

Canadian actor and comic Norm Macdonald has died at 61 after a long and private battle with cancer.

Deadline, an entertainment news site, first reported Macdonald’s death on Tuesday. According to his management team Brillstein Entertainment, the Quebec City-born comedian spent the past nine years fighting a cancer diagnosis.

Macdonald started his career as a stand-up comedian in Ottawa in the mid-1980s before he landed a writing gig for the television sitcom Roseanne.

In 1993, Macdonald joined the cast of Saturday Night Live where he hosted the segment “Weekend Update” and performed impressions of well-known celebrities.

Throughout the 90s, Macdonald earned roles in several popular films including Billy Madison and Dr. Dolittle. He left SNL in 1998 but continued to write for and appear in various shows and movies.

Macdonald would have turned 62 next month. He leaves behind his son, Dylan.

 

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