This is so sad. ‘Saturday Night Live’ director Matt Villines has died at the age of 39 after a long battle with cancer. SNL cast members of past and present have taken to social media to mourn the loss of their friend, and you can see their touching tributes right here.
Matt Villines, 39, has died. He passed away on July 10 after battling cancer, and Saturday Night Live cast members and crew have posted about the sketch comedy show director on Facebook and Twitter. Read on to learn more about Matt’s amazing career and the heartfelt messages from Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan and more.
SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker shared a Facebook post on July 11 confirming that Matt had passed away. “I wanted to let all my Facebook friends know about the great Matt Villines, who passed away yesterday at age 39 after a long battle with cancer – not necessarily to let you know that he’s tragically gone, but tell you what he left behind. Matt, along with Osmany Rodriguez, directed some of SNL’s best short films over the past few years,” Bryan wrote. Matt directed multiple iconic SNL shorts, including “(Do It In My) Twin Bed,” “Sad Mouse,” and “A Thanksgiving Miracle.”
Tons of SNL cast members and crew have shared tributes and memories about Matt on social media. Cast member Bobby Moynihan tweeted, “Was lucky enough to get to work with Matt Villines at SNL and I am going to miss him deeply. Wonderful guy.” Seth Meyers wrote, “RIP Matt Villines who was a wonderful person and a terrific director.” SNL writer Mike O’Brien tweeted, “Last night my good friend Matt Villines passed away. He was kind, passionate & fearless and I miss him already.” Mike also shared a photo of his friend on Instagram:
On our left there is my good friend Matt Villines (of "directed by Matt & Oz") lining up a shot for the Snl short, Monster Pals. I'm extremely sad to say he passed away last night. He was one of my favorite people. He taught me a ton about filmmaking and even more about being kind even when you're stressed or frustrated or sick. I'm going to post a handful of photos of him this week and I hope those of you who knew him will do the same.
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Matt Villines was a WONDERFUL man. Im so lucky I got to work with him. He was funny, kind and incredibly talented. https://t.co/PX3uhyZpTf
— Chris Kelly (@imchriskelly) July 11, 2016
“Matt was not only an excellent director. He was a warm, kind guy who got an enormous amount done without ever raising his voice…the last time I saw him, he was back at SNL after getting treatment, a bit frail, but ready to dive in,” Bryan added about Matt’s final days at work. “He didn’t want to talk about his condition. He just wanted to enjoy creating great comedy by working with the people who made him laugh. He’s gone, but people will remember what he left behind for a long time.” He will definitely be missed.
HollywoodLifers, please leave your thoughts for Matt’s friends and family in the comments below.