By Jordan Morrow | Diversity
LOS ANGELES – Soft McDonald’s, the late comedian, actor, writer and “Saturday Night Live” star, has died after a personal battle with cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 61 years old.
McDonald’s diagnosis of cancer was kept secret from the public, but he fought it for nine years.
“He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. “The ideal was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke can surprise someone, it should never go awry.’ He must have never pandered. The ideal will be terribly missed. “
The comedian started his showbiz career as a writer for “Rosen” in 1992 after scoring goals at the Canadian Comedy Club. He joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1993, and the following year he began his memorable position as a weekend update anchor in early 1998 after being replaced by Colin Quinn. During his five-year run on the McDonald’s show, he was known for impressing Bert Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and many more.
After leaving SNL, McDonald co-produced “The Soft Show” with Bruce Halford on ABC, which ran from 1999 to 2001. Comedian Norm Henderson, played as an NHL player, is banned for life for gambling and tax evasion. Must serve the community for five years as a social worker. The cast included Laurie Metcalfe, Ian Gomez, Max Wright, Artie Lange and Faith Ford, and the show ran for three seasons.
In the 1990s, McDonald’s “Billy Madison,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” and Eddie Murphy’s “Dr. Dollytal” were the voices of Lucky Dogs. The film stars Lange, Chris Farley, Jack Warden, Trailer Howard, Chevy Chase, Christopher MacDonald and Don Rickles, Adam Sandler, John Goodman and more. Many had cameos.
McDonald’s “Dr. Dolitl” sequel and other animated films and shows starring Seth McFarlane in Fox’s sci-fi comedy “The Orvil” featuring a gelatinous, shape-shifting engineer, Lieutenant Yafit.
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