Norm MacDonald Remembered by ‘The Middle’ Co-Star Patricia Heaton

Norm McDonald performs during KAABOO Del Mar at Del Mar Fairgrounds
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Norm MacDonald played ‘Rusty’ on ‘The Middle’

The Middle was a staple in ABC’s lineup from 2009 to 2018. MacDonald had 10 guest appearances throughout the sitcom’s run as Rusty, the lovable but oddball brother of Mike Heck (Neil Flynn). Patricia Heaton portrayed Mike’s wife Frankie for all nine seasons, and posted a tribute to her former co-star along with a clip from the show.

The death of comedian Norm MacDonald caused an outpouring of condolences from Hollywood elite. Known for his memorable five-year run on Saturday Night Live, MacDonald had an impressive list of credits to his name. With film roles, his own series, and writing for the hit sitcom Roseanne, the actor also brought his comedic genius to ABC’s The Middle in a hilarious recurring character.

Fans echoed Heaton’s words, sharing their own tributes to the late comedian and his unforgettable contribution to The Middle.