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‘Saturday Night Live’ Director Matt Villines Dies at 39

11 July 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matt Villines, one half of “Saturday Night Live’s” directing duo Matt & Oz died of cancer Saturday at the age of 39. “SNL” star Mike O’Brien shared the news Sunday via an Instagram post.

“On our left there is my good friend Matt Villines (of “directed by Matt & Oz”) lining up a shot for the Snl short, Monster Pals. I’m extremely sad to say he passed away last night,” O’Brien wrote. “He was one of my favorite people. He taught me a ton about filmmaking and even more about being kind even when you’re stressed or frustrated or sick.”

Villines joined “SNL” in 2012 with his partner Oz Rodriguez and the pair directed numerous sketches including “Sad Mouse,” “Monster Pals” and “Back Home Ballers.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Matt Villines. His talent, grace, and unerring comedic intelligence will be irreplaceable. Everything he touched, he made better; everyone he worked with, he »

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