MacDonald was born Norman Gene MacDonald in Québec City, Québec on October 17, 1963. He began his career in stand-up comedy. MacDonald's first job was writing for "The Dennis Miller Show" (1992) and then "Roseanne" (1988). While writing for "Roseanne" (1988), he was noticed by Lorne Michaels, who liked Norm's stand up, and gave him his job on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
MacDonald became widely popular when he became the Weekend Update anchor with his trademark line "Now the fake news." He lasted from September 24, 1994, to December 13, 1997, when he was fired by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC on the west coast. MacDonald's last weekend update was December 13, 1997, and he left the show in March 1998. His movie Dirty Work (1998), which he began working on in the summer of 1997, came out 2 months later. In March 1999, his show, called "Norm" (1999), came out on ABC and had a 3-season run. During the time, he starred in the movie Screwed (2000), opposite Dave Chappelle.
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Sarcastic, monotone delivery
Father of Dylan.
NBC received two complaints after he used a curse word live on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
During an interview on the "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) a few days after he was fired from "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he told Dave that the NBC execs fired him because they thought he wasn't funny.
Middle child of three boys; younger brother Leslie and older brother Neil. Neil is a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.
He won $500,000 for his charity on the celebrity edition of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1999/I). He guessed the right answer to the million dollar question but was talked out of answering in case he got it wrong.
In early 2002, he and Jon Lovitz were slated to play mismatched roommates for a proposed NBC sitcom entitled "Leave Me Alone," which was to have been produced by Adam Sandler's production company. However, because of a dispute between the network and the producers, the pilot went unfilmed, and the series never came into fruition.
Dropped out of high school when he was 15.
Despite being fired from "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he was asked to host the show a year later.
Although he is not a U.S. citizen, he has publicly stated his support for Republican politicians George W. Bush and John McCain and has said that he considers Ronald Reagan to be the best President in U.S. history.
Attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, where he took the Broadcasting-Television program, and eventually dropped out. During his time there, he became good friends with Randy Dash, who shot, edited and produced a stand-up act Norm had done in the city. The resulting tape was what helped Norm land his gig with "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Attended Dollard-des-Ormeaux School on the Valcartier Military Base near Shannon, Quebec, Canada.
His father was in the Canadian Military.
Is good friends with Adam Sandler.
After making several gay jokes during his March 30, 2011 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Stern asked if he was at all uncomfortable with homosexuality, to which Macdonald clarified that he was not only a supporter of gay rights, but "fascinated" by gay sexual practices, often engaging in long conversations with his "hair cut guy" on the subject.
I was in my peak physical condition when I was about like, uh. . . one. Oh God, I looked good, young and fresh! You wouldn't know me now if you'd seen me when I was one, you know? I even looked good for my age. People would come up to me and go, "what are you, zero?" And I'd go, "no, I'm one over here!"
"I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals." - while a contestant on the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" celebrity episode that aired on August 5, 2001.
"I would love to stay at SNL forever. But you can't stay in the same place. People think you're a loser." - to TV Guide magazine in 1997.
(November 2003) Starring as Stan Hooper in the new Fox sitcom "A Minute with Stan Hooper."
(February 2011) As of 2011, the new commentator on GSN's "High Stakes Poker".
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