Tony Rosato, Dead at 62

Tony RosatoTony Rosato was 62. He was the Canadian comedian who starred in SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He was one of only three people to have starred on both programs.

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I fondly remember Tony playing Marcello on SCTV. Robin Duke played his assistant. He was also on Saturday Night Live for about one season.
Years ago, I read a book about the years when Lorne Michaels was on hiatus from SNL in the early 80s. Tony credits producer Dick Ebersol for saving his life. After Ebersol fired him, he was able to kick a serious cocaine habit he developed while working on the show.
Sadly, he still died far too young at 62.

January 11, 2017 @ 9:02 PM


Considering I've worked or continue to work with a bunch of the crew from these shows, it's amazing to watch this. The stories they've told me about creating SCTV are incredible.

Sorry to hear he has left this mortal world....


January 12, 2017 @ 10:13 AM


62. Too young. I remember Tony Rosato on SCTV. Robin Duke, too. I can't say that I remember him on SNL, because I started to tune out on SNL long, long ago. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually actively watched an episode of SNL. Maybe it is better now, but for a long time, it just did not seem funny to me; there were other, better, funnier shows to watch. The closest that I have come to watching would be recording an episode so that I could watch a music artist that I like perform on the show.

Maybe it has already been done, but to pick up on Andrew's comments, if anyone wrote a book on the life of and behind the scenes at SCTV, especially the pre-US broadcast period, I would buy it in a flash and read it. What a book that could/would be. I have no doubt that some amazing things occurred during writing, production, etc.

January 12, 2017 @ 1:13 PM

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