20-year-old Pete Davidson is the fourth youngest cast member to join Saturday Night Live (he's beaten only by Anthony Michael Hall, Eddie Murphy, and Robert Downey, Jr. in the age game), but that's not the only thing that sets him apart: He also happens to be the son of a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11.
And, while it warms our heart to see him doing well and read about what a funny man his father was, it's also worth noting that Davidson is said to have never used his story to get ahead. “He never once used the fact that his father was a fireman who died on 9/11 to help him get through any doors," said retired firefighter John Sorrentino. "Peter earned everything he got and he deserves his shot on SNL."
Instead, Davidson was discovered by Nick Cannon at age 17 and has since appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and School Dance, which was directed by Cannon. Last night he made his debut as SNL's "resident young person" on Weekend Update. And, if it's any indication of what's to come, Pete Davidson's going to be hanging around 30 Rock for quite a while. (New York Post )