As a journalist for a conservative-leaning outlet, I present to you the news of a Hollywood legend passing away at the age of 83. Actor Zack Norman, best known for his role as the crocodile enthusiast Ira in the classic 1984 film “Romancing The Stone,” has left us. According to his son-in-law, Norman succumbed to ‘natural causes’ at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank on Sunday night.

Norman’s career was a tapestry woven with threads of talent and dedication to his craft, stretching across various platforms of entertainment. Apart from his iconic portrayal in “Romancing The Stone,” he graced the silver screen in the 1990 film “Cadillac Man” and charmed television audiences with his recurring role in the series “The Nanny” from 1993 to 1995.

Born Howard Zuker on May 27, 1940, Norman first trod the path of business, earning an MBA from the eminent Harvard Business School. However, his heart belonged to the glitz and glamour of showbiz, leading him to a career in comedy and acting. His comedic prowess shone through as he performed at prestigious venues like the Playboy Clubs and the Copacabana, rubbing shoulders with luminaries such as the Temptations.

The 1960s marked Norman’s foray into television when he graced “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1969, heralding a fruitful career in both the small and big screens. Across the 1970s, he lent his talents to numerous films before etching his name in Hollywood history with his role as Cousin Ira in “Romancing The Stone.”

His knack for embodying characters was duly recognized in films like “America” (1986) and “Chief Zabu” (1988), where he not only starred but also co-directed. Collaborating with filmmaker Henry Jaglom on several projects, Norman showcased a commitment to his art and a willingness to delve into diverse roles.

While his filmography sparkled, Norman also left an indelible mark on television, making memorable appearances on shows like “The A-Team” and a standout episode of “Baywatch” in 1993.

Beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Norman was a fervent art connoisseur, with a notable collection of pieces by esteemed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. His investments in art, such as Basquiat’s “Hannibal,” paid off substantially, attesting to his keen eye and artistic appreciation.

Norman’s departure leaves a void in the entertainment realm, but his legacy lives on through his loving family, including his wife Nancy, sister Jane, and children Lori, Tracy, Stephen, and Michael, along with 14 grandchildren.

As we bid farewell to this remarkable talent, let us remember and cherish his contributions to the stage and screen, a fitting tribute to a man whose influence will endure through generations to come.