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Norm Macdonald biography: 13 things about Canadian comedian, writer, actor born in Quebec


Professionally known as Norm Macdonald, Norman Gene Macdonald was a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer and actor. Both of his parents Percy Lloyd Macdonald and Ferne Mains Macdonald were teachers.

Norm is the younger brother of Canadian journalist Neil Macdonald. They were both born and raised in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and they have a younger brother named Leslie Macdonald.

As a comedian, Norm was known for his deadpan style. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. In 1985, he made his first performances in comedy by regularly appearing on amateur nights at Yuk Yuk’s in Ottawa, Canada. In 1986, he appeared at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. In 1988, he and Connie Vaillancourt got married. She gave birth to their son Dylan Macdonald in 1993. He and Vaillancourt separated in April 1999.
  2. In 1990, he was a stand-up comedy contestant on “Star Search.” From 1992 to 1993, he wrote for Roseanne Barr’s sitcom “Roseanne.” From 1993 to 1999, he co-hosted “Saturday Night Live,” where he played various plays and served as a writer.
  3. In 1995, he played Frank in “Billy Madison.” In 1996, he played a network reporter in “The People vs Larry Flynt.” In 1998, he voiced Lucky in “Dr. Dolittle” and played Mitch Weaver in “Dirty Work,” which he co-wrote. In 1999, he played Michael Richards in “Man on the Moon” and made a cameo appearance as a bartender in “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” From 1999 to 2001, he starred in the sitcom “The Norm Show,” which he also co-produced.
  4. In 2000, he played William Fillmore in “Screwed.” In 2001, he voiced Lucky in “Dr. Dolittle 2” and made a cameo appearance in “The Animal.”
  5. In 2005, he made a cameo appearance in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.” In 2006, he voiced Join Twosomes Penguin in “Farce of the Penguins” and Lucky in “Dr. Dolittle 3.” In 2007, he played Mr. Rigetti in “Senior Skip Day” and voiced Buster the Fox in “Christmas is Here Again.” In 2008, he voiced Lucky in “Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief” and Julius in “The Flight Before Christmas.” In 20009, he made a cameo appearance as himself in “Funny People” and voiced Lucky in “Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts.”
  6. In July 2006, he cashed for $20,915 in the $1,000 Bellagio Weekly Tournament, which was his best live result as a poker player. In July 2007, he won #14,608 after coming in 20th out of 827 entrants in the $3,000 No-Limit Texas Hold ’em event. In 2011, he hosted “High Stakes Poker” Season 7.
  7. In 2010, he made a cameo appearance in “Grown Ups” and played Sid Blaustein in “Hollywood and Wine.” From 2010 to 2018, he played Orville “Rusty” Heck in “The Middle.”
  8. In 2011, he hosted “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” and made a cameo appearance in “Jack and Jill.” In 2012, he voiced King Leo in “The Adventures of Panda Warrior,” Fang in “Vampire Dog” and Quint in “The Outback.” Also in 2012, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He disclosed his diagnosis to only a few close friends and family members. From 2013 to 2017, he hosted a video podcast titled “Norm Macdonald Live.”
  9. In 2014, he voiced Burner the Dragon in “The 7th Dwarf.” From 2014 to 2020, he voiced Pigeon in “Mike Tyson Mysteries.”
  10. In 2015, he was one of the judges of “Last Comic Standing,” played Hole in “Sunnyside” and made cameo in “The Ridiculous Six.” In 2016, he hosted the 4th Canadian Screen awards. From 2016 to 2018, he voiced Glumshanks in “Skylanders Academy.” In 2018, he released a Netflix talk show titled “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.” In 2019, he voiced Mogens in “Klaus.”
  11. In 2017, he played Rick in “Girlboss” and voiced Skipper in “Treasure Hounds.” From 2017 to 2021, he voiced Yaphit in “The Orville.”
  12. In 2020, he hosted “Quarantined.”
  13. On September 14, 2021, he died from acute leukemia at a hospital in Pasadena, California, USA. He died at the age of 61.

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