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Canadian comic actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of both the SCTV and Saturday Night Live sketch comedy series, has died. He was 62.
Rosato died Tuesday evening in Toronto of a suspected heart attack, Jennifer Goldhar, his agent, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of autopsy results being available.
Rosato was born Dec. 26, 1954, in Naples, Italy. In 1976, he joined SCTV, a Toronto-based TV sketch comedy series that launched a year after NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Rosato appeared on SCTV for four seasons, most notably as Marcello, the clumsy TV chef character. He also was one of three performers, including Martin Short and Robin Duke, to become castmembers on SNL after their time on SCTV.
Rosato joined the NBC sketch comedy show in 1981, a year after fellow Canadian Lorne Michaels went on hiatus as SNL producer. Rosato, who also was the voice of Luigi on the Super Mario Bros. TV series, had other credits including Night Heat, Due South, L.A. Law and Lonesome Dove.
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