He was 61.
Macdonald had been battling most cancers for a number of years however saved his prognosis non-public, his buddy and producing associate, Lori Jo Hoekstra, instructed CNN in a press release.
“He was most pleased with his comedy. He by no means wished the prognosis to have an effect on the way in which the viewers or any of his family members noticed him,” Hoekstra stated. “Norm was a pure comedian. He as soon as wrote that ‘a joke ought to catch somebody abruptly, it ought to by no means pander.’ He definitely by no means pandered. Norm might be missed terribly.”
Born in Quebec Metropolis, Quebec, Canada, he began in leisure as a standup comic who labored the Ottawa membership circuit earlier than branching out to golf equipment throughout Canada.
He shortly grew to become recognized for his deadpan and sardonic supply and in 1987 was given the chance to carry out on the “Simply For Laughs” Comedy Pageant in Los Angeles.
That first style of LA made an impression and Macdonald moved to town, intent on breaking into Hollywood. He discovered work writing for the sitcom “Roseanne” in 1992.
He joined the forged of “Saturday Night time Stay” the next 12 months, the place he grew to become recognized for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.
Nevertheless it was because the anchor of the information satire phase “Weekend Replace” the place Macdonald hit his stride.
He held the place from 1994 to 1998.
Macdonald was slightly abruptly and unceremoniously dropped from “Weekend Replace,” a call made by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer. Though it was reported that the chief merely did not like Macdonald in that position, there have been studies that it needed to do jokes that Macdonald had instructed about O.J. Simpson, who was one among Ohlmeyer’s longtime mates.
Macdonald went on to star in his personal comedy sequence, “The Norm Present,” which ran from 1999-2001.
He additionally appeared in movies like “The Individuals vs. Larry Flynt,” “Dr. Dolittle 2” and “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.”
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and extra paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.
Senator Bob Dole additionally paid tribute, tweeting an image of him and Macdonald in character as Dole.