Canadian actor and longtime stand-up comedian Norm McDonald has died after a nine-year personal battle with cancer, his management team confirmed Tuesday. He was 61 years old.
Macdonald is often most recognized and remembered for his time spent as a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL), including anchoring the popular Weekend Update segment for three seasons.
Macdonald was known for several celebrity appearances during his time on SNL, including Larry King, Burt Reynolds and David Letterman.
After leaving SNL, she starred opposite Adam Sandler in the 1995 hit Billy Madison and the 1998 film Dirty Work. Later that year, McDonald voiced the character Lucky the Dog in the Eddie Murphy adaptation of Dr. Dolittle.
In 1998 he starred in his own comedy show. McDonald’s longtime producing partner Lori Jo Hoxtra said in a statement, “He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way audiences or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm Ek It was pure humour.”
“He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch one by surprise, it should never go astray.’ He certainly never strayed. Norm will be greatly missed.”
He reprized the role in both Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) and Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006).
He then starred in his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.
Macdonald has a son, Dylan, who was born in 1993.
My dear friend Norm Macdonald passed away after 10 years of fighting for bravery. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and daring comedy genius. I love her
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021
Even in such divisive times among comedians, we can all agree that Norm MacDonald was the best. rip in peace.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 14, 2021
Norm Macdonald. Oh God. It was one of the best ever and there was no mistake. tear out
— Phil Wang (@PhilNWang) September 14, 2021
We loved Norm McDonald. one of a kind. https://t.co/0sXoCLEtuG
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) September 14, 2021