Tom Davis, Influential Saturday Night Live Writer, Dies at 59
4:48 pm, July 19th, 2012
Tom Davis, a major force behind the early years of “Saturday Night Live” and Al Franken’s longtime comedy partner, has died.
He was 59.
The cause was throat and neck cancer.
Davis joined “Saturday Night Live” with Franken when the show began in 1975 and had in hand in developing some of the most iconic sketches in the groundbreaking series’ history, including “The Coneheads.”
He also helped create memorable “SNL” bits such as Dan Aykroyd’s portrayal of President Richard Nixon and Bill Murray’s lounge lizard act.
Davis won multiple Emmys for his television work and also appeared in movies including Trading Places and One More Saturday Night.
He wrote for “Saturday Night Live” from 1975 to 1980, and then again from 1986 to 1994.
“SNL” family members including Michael McKean and Seth Meyers offered their condolences and admiration on Twitter after word of Davis’ death broke on Thursday.
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