Comedian Norm Crosby, The Master of Malaprop, died at the age of 93 after suffering from heart failure
Famous comedian Norm Crosby died at age 93 of heart failure at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Boston-born cheerful 54-year-old Joan confirmed the sad news with TMZ and THR.
Known as the ̵6;The Master of Malaprop’, Norm intentionally misused or distorted a word or phrase – a signature act he forged while performing at Manhattan’s Latin Quarter nightclub in 18 year.
RIP: Famous comedian Norm Crosby dies at age 93 of heart failure at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday (photo 2011)
‘Master of the Malaprop’: The Boston-born comedian intentionally misused or distorted a word or phrase – a signature act he forged while performing at a Latin neighborhood Manhattan nightclub in 18 years (photo in 1978)
Crosby built his entire 5-decade career using this technique, which earned him pitching gigs for Anheuser-Busch and Red Lobster.
The World War II ‘sub chaser’ veteran joined many talk shows including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, which he has appeared on over 50 times since 1964.
Norm has co-hosted Jerry Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon competition for over 25 years, and he has featured people like President Donald Trump (2004) in Friars Club and Dean Martin’s show.
Crosby starred in television shows such as Roseanne, The Larry Sanders Show, The Love Boat, Adam-12, LA Law, as well as starred in Showtime’s sitcom The Boys in 1988.
Wordsmith: Norm built his entire 5-decade career on this technique, which earned him pitching gigs for Anheuser-Busch and Red Lobster (pictured in 1970).
World War II veteran: Crosby co-hosted the Jerry Lewis’ Muscle Dystrophy Association (R) phone call for over 25 years, and he introduced people like President Donald Trump (2004) in Friars Club and Dean Martin’s show (photo from 2005)
Highlights: The Hollywood Walk of Famer with guest participation in TV shows like Roseanne, The Larry Sanders Show, The Love Boat, Adam-12, LA Law, as well as starring in the sitcom The Boys of Showtime in 1988 (pictured in 1966)
Hollywood Walk of Fame opens to singers like Robert Goulet and Tom Jones as well as long stays at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
Norm’s last on-screen role was playing a Kmart worker in Dennis Dugan’s 2013 comedy Grown Ups 2 alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Nick Swardson.
In addition to Joan, Crosby was survived by sons Andrew and David and his grandchildren Jack and Lily.
Adam Sandler: Norm’s last on-screen role was to portray a Kmart worker in Dennis Dugan’s 2013 comedy Grown Ups 2 alongside Nick Swardson (R).
Gone but not forgotten: Norm survived by his 54-year wife, Joan, as well as sons Andrew and David and grandchildren Jack and Lily (pictured in 2010)