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Rick Moranis

Biography

American actor and writer who became known for his functions in such traditional films as Ghostbusters and Honey, We Shrunk the youngsters. He also experienced functions in Spaceballs, Small Store of Horrors, as well as the Flintstones. He was launched to viewers when he performed unforgettable impressions on Canada’s Second Town Tv (SCTV). He received a 1984 Primetime Emmy for composing for his focus on SCTV. His relationship to Ann Belsky Moranis created two kids. He co-starred with Ed O’Neill within the 1994 family humor film Small Giants.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rick Moranis
Date Of Birth April 18, 1953
Place Of Birth Toronto, Canada
Height 1.68 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse Anne Moranis
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Earle Grey Award
Movies Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Little Shop of Horrors, Ghostbusters II, Strange Brew, The Flintstones, Brother Bear, Parenthood, My Blue Heaven, Streets of Fire, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Little Giants, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, Big Bully, Brother Bear 2, Splitting Heirs, Brewster's Millions, Club Paradise, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, L.A. Story, The Wild Life, Hockey Night, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids, Head Office, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary, Twilight Theater, Brother Bear: On My Way: Sing-Along Songs, The Best of SCTV
TV Shows Second City Television, Gravedale High, Bob & Doug, SCTV Network 90, Spaceballs: Extras
Star Sign Aries

  • Facts
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  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 He is notoriously private about his children. So much that in interviews he won't give out the names of his children.
2 His impersonation of George Carlin on SCTV (1976) was not done with the intention of mocking the comedy legend, but rather as an affectionate tribute. However, due partially to his being in a difficult period at the time, both personally and professionally, Carlin was hurt by the imitation. Moranis had no idea that Carlin had taken issue with the impersonation until his daughter, Kelly Carlin-McCall, contacted him while researching her 2015 memoir and spent nearly an hour on the phone apologizing, which she greatly appreciated.
3 His paternal grandparents, Jacob and Lena Moranis, were Russian Jewish immigrants who moves to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later to Canada. His mother is of Polish Jewish ancestry.
4 Has appeared with John Candy in four films: Brewster's Millions (1985), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987) and The Rocket Boy (1989).
5 Has appeared with Bill Murray in three films: Ghostbusters (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
6 Has appeared with Steve Martin in four films: Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Parenthood (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990), L.A. Story (1991).
7 Is the only actor to appear in all three "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" films: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997).
8 His character in Ghostbusters (1984), Louis Tully, was originally written for John Candy. Moranis was brought in as a last-minute replacement when Candy dropped out. Moranis, Candy and Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis are all alumni of SCTV (1976).
9 Following the death of his wife in 1991, the difficulty of raising their two children on his own, and his increasing disenchantment with Hollywood, Moranis retired from acting in 1997. He had intended the retirement to be a sabbatical of a couple of years, but later realized that he did not miss the pressure. He still does occasional voice work, e.g. Brother Bear (2003).
10 Was considered for the role of Governor Lewis in Evolution (2001), which went to Dan Aykroyd.
11 He was the only SCTV (1976) cast member who did not come from the Second City theatre.
12 Attended the funeral of his good friend John Candy.
13 He was invited to the party Steve Martin was throwing that turned out to be his wedding.
14 Ricky Moranis had a letter published in Mad magazine, issue #120 (July 1968). The subject was "Don Martin Looks at Frogs".
15 He made the cover of the first issue of Disney Adventures magazine in 1990.
16 Attended Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School with Geddy Lee from the rock band Rush.
17 Along with Dave Thomas, scored a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1982 called "Take Off" as Bob and Doug MacKenzie in a duet with Rush lead singer Geddy Lee.
18 Using the on-air name of "Rick Allen" he was the overnight deejay on Toronto radio station CFTR-AM in the early 1970s after that station switched formats from Beautiful Music to Top 40.
19 He was the afternoon deejay on Toronto radio station CHUM-FM in the 1970s.
20 Moranis and Dave Thomas originally created the characters Bob and Doug McKenzie in protest against government requirements for "identifiable Canadian content" in domestically produced television programming. The skits, as an SCTV program "The Great White North" featured two dimwitted brothers who combined as many negative Canadian stereotypes as possible. Despite this, they became so popular that the skits were included in the American version of the program, and Moranis and Thomas were made members of the Order of Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture.
21 He was widowed in 1991 when his wife died of breast cancer. Has two children from that marriage.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary 2007 TV Movie documentary Bob McKenzie
Brother Bear 2 2006 Video Rutt (voice)
The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie 2003 TV Series Bob McKenzie (voice)
Brother Bear 2003 Video Game Rutt (voice)
Sing Along Songs: Brother Bear - On My Way 2003 Video short voice
Brother Bear 2003 Rutt (voice)
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids 2003 TV Movie Holley (voice)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys 2001 Video Toy Taker / Mr. Cuddles the Teddy Bear (voice, as Richard Moranis)
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves 1997 Video Wayne Szalinski
Big Bully 1996 David Leary
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience 1994 Short Wayne Szalinski (uncredited)
Little Giants 1994 Danny O'Shea
The Flintstones 1994 Barney Rubble
Splitting Heirs 1993 Henry Bullock
Honey I Blew Up the Kid 1992 Wayne Szalinski
L.A. Story 1991 Gravedigger (uncredited)
My Blue Heaven 1990/I Barney Coopersmith
Gravedale High 1990 TV Series Max Schneider
The Rocket Boy 1989 TV Movie Automatic Safety System
Parenthood 1989 Nathan
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989 Wayne Szalinski
Ghostbusters II 1989 Louis Tully
Spaceballs 1987 Dark Helmet
Little Shop of Horrors 1986 Seymour Krelborn
Club Paradise 1986 Barry Nye
Head Office 1985 Howard Gross
Brewster's Millions 1985 Morty King
The Last Polka 1985 TV Movie Linsk Minyk
Hockey Night 1984 TV Movie Coach
The Wild Life 1984 Harry
Ghostbusters 1984 Louis Tully
Streets of Fire 1984 Billy Fish
Strange Brew 1983 Bob McKenzie
Saturday Night Live 1983 TV Series Bob McKenzie
SCTV Network 1981-1982 TV Series Various / Bob McKenzie
Twilight Theater 1982 TV Movie Various Characters
SCTV 1980-1981 TV Series Various / Bob MacKenzie / Rabbi Karlov / ...
90 Minutes Live 1976 TV Series Regular

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bob & Doug 2009 TV Series creator - 9 episodes
The Best of SCTV 1988 TV Movie
Ghostbusters 1984 uncredited
Strange Brew 1983 written by
SCTV Network 1981-1982 TV Series written by - 27 episodes
SCTV 1980-1981 TV Series writer - 26 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bob & Doug 2009 TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Muppets Tonight 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Little Shop of Horrors 1986 performer: "Skid Row Downtown", "Da-Doo", "Grow For Me", "Feed Me Git It", "Suddenly, Seymour", "The Meek Shall Inherit"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strange Brew 1983

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Astor's Squeeze 2013 Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Discovering Bedrock 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Muppets Tonight 1997 TV Series Himself
Pizza Hut Celebraty 1997 Short Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street 1993-1994 TV Series Himself
Clive Anderson Talks Back 1993 TV Series Himself
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1992 TV Series Himself
Honey I Blew Up the Kid: The Making of 'Honey I Blew Up the Kid' 1992 Video documentary short Himself / Wayne Szalinski
Showbiz Today 1990 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special Vic's Buddy
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Going Live! 1990 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1983-1989 TV Series Himself - Host / Jackie Mason / Jim Bakker / ...
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1989 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
On the Scene with the Ghostbusters 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Music Videos and Inside 'Streets of Fire' 1984 TV Special documentary Himself (Billy Fish)
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special Himself - Co-Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour 1982 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself
Video Games AWESOME! 2014 TV Series Louis Tully
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011-2013 TV Series Seymour Krelborn / Billy Fish
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Dark Helmet
Second City: First Family of Comedy 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Muppets Tonight 1997 TV Series Himself
The Best of John Candy on SCTV 1996 TV Movie Various Characters
Monte Video 1994 TV Series Barney Rubble
The Best of SCTV 1988 TV Movie Various Characters
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters 1984 Video short Louis Tully (uncredited)
SCTV Network 1981 TV Series Various
SCTV 1981 TV Series Various

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 Earle Grey Award Gemini Awards · Eugene Levy
· Harold Ramis
· John Candy
· Dave Thomas
· Catherine O'Hara
· Joe Flaherty
· Andrea Martin
· Martin Short
1990 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Parenthood (1989)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program SCTV Network 90 (1981) · John Candy (writer)
· Joe Flaherty (writer)
· Eugene Levy (writer)
· Andrea Martin (writer)
· Catherine O'Hara (writer)
· Dave Thomas (writer)
· Dick Blasucci (writer)
· Paul Flaherty (writer)
· Bob Dolman (writer)
· John McAndrew (writer)
· Doug Steckler (writer)
· Mert Rich (writer)
· Jeffrey Barron (writer)
· Michael Short (writer)
· Chris Cluess (writer)
· Stu Kreisman (writer)
· Brian McConnachie (writer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Album For the album "The Agoraphobic Cowboy."
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program SCTV Network 90 (1981) · John Candy (writer)
· Joe Flaherty (writer)
· Eugene Levy (writer)
· Andrea Martin (writer)
· Catherine O'Hara (writer)
· Dave Thomas (writer)
· Dick Blasucci (writer)
· Paul Flaherty (writer)
· Bob Dolman (writer)
· John McAndrew (writer)
· Doug Steckler (writer)
· Jeffrey Barron (writer)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program SCTV Network 90 (1981) · John Candy (writer)
· Joe Flaherty (writer)
· Eugene Levy (writer)
· Andrea Martin (writer)
· Catherine O'Hara (writer)
· Dave Thomas (writer)
· Dick Blasucci (writer)
· Paul Flaherty (writer)
· Bob Dolman (writer)
· John McAndrew (writer)
· Doug Steckler (writer)
· Mert Rich (writer)
· Jeffrey Barron (writer)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program SCTV Network 90 (1981) · John Candy (writer)
· Joe Flaherty (writer)
· Eugene Levy (writer)
· Andrea Martin (writer)
· Catherine O'Hara (writer)
· Dave Thomas (writer)
· Dick Blasucci (writer)
· Paul Flaherty (writer)
· Bob Dolman (writer)
· John McAndrew (writer)
· Doug Steckler (writer)
· Michael Short (writer)
· Tom Couch (writer)
· Eddie Gorodetsky (writer)
· Don Novello (writer)


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#Quote
1 [on refusing a cameo in Ghostbusters (2016)]: I wish them well, I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?
2 On the last couple of movies I made - big-budget Hollywood movies - I really missed being able to create my own material. In the early movies I did, I was brought in to basically rewrite my stuff, whether it was Ghostbusters (1984) or Spaceballs (1987). By the time I got to the point where I was "starring" in movies, and I had executives telling me what lines to say, that wasn't for me. I'm really not an actor. I'm a guy who comes out of comedy, and my impetus was always to rewrite the line to make it funnier, not to try to make somebody's precious words work.
3 I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it.
4 Until 1982, Canada Day was known as Dominion Day. I always thought that had more of a ring to it. Beyond the zippy alliteration, it reminded us citizens that our domain of orderly domesticity was graced by the dominant power of our "Dominus." And the rights granted therein to us by the glorious English crown through her colonial appointee, the right honourable governor general. 'There was another problem with Dominion Day. Dominion was the name of a national grocery store chain. It would be like calling the Fourth of July D'Agostino's Day. 'Independence (now there's a great name for a day!) came slowly to our country. In 1965, we dumped the old, staid British ensign for our own new flag. in lIt's the one with the big red maple leaf in the middle. A simple, sweet leaf! We also have moose and beavers on our coins. And we call our dollars loonies because the coin has an image of a loon. Another old bird, the Queen of England, is on the other side of the coin. 'I remember singing "God Save the Queen" every morning in school. "Long live our noble Queen!" we belted, thousands of us tubby little obedient Canadians. I guess it worked. She's still alive. Now they sing "O Canada" in schools and at most sporting events; usually in French and English. Around the time we were changing anthems, dumping ensigns and renaming holidays, the official use of both languages became mandatory, except in Quebec where the required use of English is a bit fuzzy. 'Canada Day comes and goes modestly every year. Sure, there are retail sales promotions and a long weekend. But there isn't bluster or commodity in Canadian celebration. Canada isn't big on bunting. Or jet flyovers, fireworks, marching bands or military pomp. 'Canadians defer. We save our loonies and don't jaywalk. It's illegal, eh. We stand on guard at red lights, even when there is no traffic. We wait for clear, green governing lights to signal our turn and lead us on. Then we tuck our heads down, under wooly toques and worn-out scarves, one eye barely open, squinting headlong into the harsh prairie wind, cautiously, quietly, demurely Canadian.

#Trademark
1 Short stature
2 Large glasses
3 Nerdy characters

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