If you’re any kind of SNL fan you know who Don Pardo is. The iconic voice of Saturday Night Live died today at age 96. Hearing Pardo’s voice opening SNL every Saturday was like a comfort food; it just soothed your soul and all was right in the world. Pardo has worked with some of the greatest in SNL history from John Belushi and Eddie Murphy to Will Ferrell and Chris Farley.
“Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” said Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, who hired Pardo in 1975.
Pardo was born Dominick George Pardo in Massachusetts to immigrants from Poland, his father was a baker.
“They used to call me Nicky, and I didn’t like that,” he said in an oral history he recorded in 2006 for the Archive of American Television. “So when I got into radio, I took up Dom.” That, though, didn’t stick. “People would always say ‘Don,’” Pardo continued. “I said, the heck with it; I’ll be Don.”
Pardo was an icon and will be sorely missed, he is the source of some great memories for me and I thank him for that. Let us know your thoughts on Don Pardo’s passing in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.