Entertainment Tony Rosato, veteran of SCTV and Saturday Night Live, dead at 62

07:22  12 january  2017
07:22  12 january  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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TORONTO — Canadian actor Tony Rosato , a veteran of sketch-comedy shows " Saturday Night Live " and " SCTV ," has died at the age of 62 . Rosato 's death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of both " Saturday Night Live " and " SCTV ," the classic homegrown comedy show that was spun out of Second City shortly after " SNL " launched in the mid-1970s.


Toronto comic actor Tony Rosato, veteran of SCTV, Saturday Night Live and more, has died.

The 62-year-old’s death on the evening of Jan. 10 was confirmed Tuesday by his longtime agent Larry Goldhar, who said that an autopsy is planned, but the death apparently resulted from a heart attack.

Rosato was best known for his regular performances on stage at Second City, SCTV, Saturday NightLive, Street Legal and had a recurring character on Night Heat. He would later become a lead on the series Diamonds and was “busy all the time,” Goldhar recalled.

The Naples-born actor was recognized for his zany comic characters — in his youth, he was once pegged to be the next John Belushi.

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TORONTO - Canadian actor Tony Rosato , a veteran of sketch-comedy shows " Saturday Night Live " and " SCTV ," has died at the age of 62 . Rosato 's death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of both " Saturday Night Live " and " SCTV ," the classic homegrown comedy show that was spun out of Second City shortly after " SNL " launched in the mid-1970s.

Canadian actor Tony Rosato , a veteran of sketch-comedy shows “ Saturday Night Live ” and “ SCTV ,” has died at the age of 62 . Rosato ’s death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of both “ Saturday Night Live ” and “ SCTV ,” the classic homegrown comedy show that was spun out of Second City shortly after “ SNL ” launched in the mid-1970s.

Movie stardom never came, and his career was stalled when, in 2005, the actor fell into a serious bout of mental illness and languished in the maximum-security Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee.

Toronto comedian Tony Rosato, seen in a 2009 file photo, achieved fame as a cast member of both SCTV and Saturday Night Live; he died this week, according to those close to him. He was 62. © Steve Russell Toronto comedian Tony Rosato, seen in a 2009 file photo, achieved fame as a cast member of both SCTV and Saturday Night Live; he died this week, according to those close to him. He was 62.

The Star later reported that Rosato had been in jail for two years on a harassment charge when he was, in fact, suffering from Capgras syndrome, a rare condition most often associated with schizophrenia in which the sufferer believes those close to him have been replaced by substitutes.

He believed that his ex-wife Leah and their infant daughter had been replaced by impostors in the spring of 2005, and he began to frantically call the police.

Canadian 'SNL' and 'SCTV' alum Tony Rosato dead at 62

  Canadian 'SNL' and 'SCTV' alum Tony Rosato dead at 62 TORONTO - Canadian actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of sketch-comedy shows "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," has died at the age of 62. Rosato's death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of both "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," the classic homegrown comedy show that was spun out of Second City shortly after "SNL" launched Rosato's death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar.

TORONTO - Canadian actor Tony Rosato , a veteran of sketch-comedy shows " Saturday Night Live " and " SCTV ," has died at the age of 62 . Rosato 's death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of both " Saturday Night Live " and " SCTV ," the classic homegrown comedy show that was spun out of Second City shortly after " SNL " launched in the mid-1970s.

Canadian actor Tony Rosato , a veteran of sketch-comedy shows Saturday Night Live and SCTV , has died at the age of 62 . He said an autopsy was being done, but it was suspected that Rosato died from an apparent heart attack. The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of both Saturday Night Live and SCTV , the classic homegrown comedy show that was spun out of Second City shortly after SNL launched in the mid-1970s.

Fellow actor Dan Aykroyd and a band of Toronto’s Second City performers and alumni came to Rosato’s trial. He was ordered to reside at psychiatric facility until psychiatrists deemed him fit to leave.

Rosato made a comeback and continued working after his time in away, but the ordeal eventually broke apart his marriage.

It was Rosato’s girlfriend, Tanya Moore, who discovered he had died, according to a post on the actor’s Facebook account.

“Tony, my beautiful, loving and precious boyfriend passed away last night,” she posted on Facebook. “I will love you forever and as you said so many times to me with all my heart.”

No details about his funeral were available as of press time.

With files from Dale Anne Freed

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