Norm Macdonald: How Tall Was the ‘SNL’ Star?

Norm Macdonald died on Sept. 14, 2021. The Saturday Night Live star was 61 and had a long battle with cancer before his death. Throughout his career, Macdonald also became famous for his appearances in Billy Madison starring Adam Sandler and Dr. Dolittle alongside Eddie Murphy. 

Since his recent death, the actor’s fans have started reminiscing about his life and career. However, just how tall was MacDonald? 

Norm Macdonald standing up
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The height of Norm Macdonald

'SNL' alum and actor Norm Macdonald walking on stage in a blazer and jeans.
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Born and raised in Quebec City, Canada, Macdonald fell in love with show business as a child. In the 1980s, he began performing on stage as a stand-up comedian. The Dirty Work star also appeared on Star Search in 1990. However, his big break wouldn’t come until several years later. After working as a writer for Roseanne, Macdonald received an offer to become an SNL cast member. While there, he received recognition for his take on the sketch comedy show’s “Weekend Update.”  Macdonald stayed with the show until 1998 before moving to other projects. 

At the time of the actor’s death, he was 6’1 ½’. According to Vulture, Macdonald’s tall stature didn’t affect his personal appearance. The Deuce Bigalow star often wore anything that would make him comfortable. In 2013, he proved as much when he dressed in sweatpants to co-host the red-carpet preshow for The Big Live Comedy Show. Additionally, Macdonald spent the evening “roasting” the award show’s guests. 

Norm Macdonald got divorced before he died

Although he didn’t care about what he wore, Macdonald found love while elevating his career. In 1988, the comedian married Connie Vaillancourt Macdonald. The pair remained married for 11 years and share a son, Dylan. However, they divorced in 1999. During their split, Macdonald only mentioned moving to West Coast after the marriage was over. 

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Since his divorce, the Grown Ups star didn’t say much regarding his personal life. However, Macdonald briefly opened up about his relationship with his son on Twitter. In 2016, he tweeted B.J. Novak after the author praised the actor’s audiobook. According to Macdonald, both he and Dylan were “great admirers” of Novak’s work. 

Celebrities paid tribute to the ‘SNL’ alum 

When the news broke of Macdonald’s death, many of his past co-stars and celebrity friends remembered the actor on social media. Conan O’Brien, who interviewed the actor several times, said the comedian had “the most unique comedic voice” in the industry. Additionally, Jim Carrey, Sandler, and Steve Martin shared memories of Macdonald via Twitter. 

“Every one of us loved Norm,” said Sandler. “Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.”

“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald,” O’Brien tweeted. “Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered, and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”

“My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10-year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him,” Carrey tweeted.

Before he died, Macdonald voiced the character Pigeon in Mike Tyson Mysteries