->''"I always find it flattering when somebody recognizes me."''

Frederick Alan "Rick" Moranis (born April 18, 1953) was born to a Jewish family in Toronto, Ontario. As a boy, he spent his summers at Camp New Moon, located in Baysville, Ontario, north of his native Toronto. During his last summer as a camper, Moranis achieved his Master Canoeist's award, qualifying him to teach canoeing.

In the 1970s, he worked (using the stage name Rick Allen) as a disc jockey at various radio stations in Toronto, including CFTR, CKFH, and CHUM-FM. Together with Ken Finkleman, he tried his hand at stand-up and did some comedy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He followed that with his work at ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', enjoying particular success portraying "Bob" of Bob and Doug [=McKenzie=]. Doug was played by Canadian actor Dave Thomas. His other memorable ''SCTV'' characterizations include motor-mouthed film producer Larry Siegel, terminally-ill rock star Clay Collins, smooth-voiced video deejay Gerry Todd, cool Leutonian pop star Linsk Minyk, kid-brother amateur comic Skip Bittman, head cheese butcher Carl Scutz, and morning homily intellect Rabbi Karlov.

After ''SCTV'' and its Creator/{{NBC}} continuation, ''SCTV Network 90'', Rick ended up in a bunch of movies throughout the 80's and for over half of the 90's. During his career, he got married to an artist named Ann, and they had two kids, Ariel and Josh. In late 1990, Ann was diagnosed with liver cancer, prompting Rick to decline the offer of doing ''Film/CitySlickers'' in order to nurse her back to health. Sadly, she died 5 months later.

By 1997, he had become sick of the lackluster roles he was then taking, which were making him, in his own words, "a marketable entity," and was struggling with the impossible task of being a full-time actor and full-time single father, convincing him to semi-retire from acting. Since then, he's contributed the occasional witty article for the New York Times and voice-over for animated films.

In 2005, Rick also released a comedy album entitled ''The Agoraphobic Cowboy'', which draws influence from country music. To his and everyone else's surprise, it was nominated for a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward. 8 years later in 2013, Rick made a comeback with ''My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs'', an album based around his Jewish heritage. [[{{Feelies}} Special orders of the CD came with a purple yarmulke]], similar to what Rick wore on the album cover.

Some information can be found [[http://www.rickmoranisfanpage.com/moranis.html here]].
!!Films and shows (pre-hiatus):
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' (1976) [[note]]Joined the cast in 1980.[[/note]]
* ''Film/StrangeBrew'' (1983) [[note]]Movie debut.[[/note]]
* ''[[Film/StreetsOfFire Streets of Fire: A Rock and Roll Fable]]'' (1984) [[note]]One of his more memorable performances, if for no other reason as he utterly subverts his own stereotype as a pencil-necked geek. He, however, [[CreatorBacklash didn't like the role]] because it forbade him from improvising.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' (1984) [[note]]His most famous project, though he plays only a supporting role.[[/note]]
* ''Head Office'' (1986) [[note]]As an {{Expy}} of SCTV's Larry Siegel, who dies after 3 minutes of screentime.[[/note]]
* ''Film/ClubParadise'' (1986)
* ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (1986) [[note]]Out of all the movies he did, he says it was his favorite, and for good reason.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (1987)
* ''Film/GhostbustersII'' (1989)
* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' (1989) [[note]]Arguably his biggest role.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/MyBlueHeaven'' (1990)
* ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' (1990) [[note]]Short-lived cartoon series on Creator/{{NBC}}.[[/note]]
* ''Honey, I Blew Up the Kid'' (1992)
* ''Film/SplittingHeirs'' (1993)
* ''Film/TheFlintstones'' (1994)
* ''Film/LittleGiants'' (1994)
* ''Film/BigBully'' (1995)
* ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'' (1996) [[note]]Final live action feature to date.[[/note]]

!!Films and shows (post-hiatus):
* ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys'' (2001)
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' (2003)
* ''Brother Bear 2'' (2006)

* ''The Great White North'' (1982; alongside Dave Thomas)
* ''You, Me, The Music and Me'' (1989)
* ''The Agoraphobic Cowboy'' (2005)
* ''My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs'' (2013)

!!Associated Tropes:
* {{Adorkable}}: Often described as "nerdy", whether as himself, or characters such as [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Louis]] or [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Seymour]].
* BeamMeUpScotty: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnLzz_hxzxo Partially due to James Rolfe]], Rick is believed to have said, "It just makes no sense to me", in regards to there being a ''Ghostbusters'' remake. While, Rick did say those words, the statement [[ItMakesSenseInContext was taken out of context.]] What he meant was that ''doing a cameo'' didn't make sense, because it would have been nothing more than an in-joke, and thus, pointless.
-->[[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/rick-moranis-reveals-why-he-829779 "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?"]]
* CanadaEh
* CloudCuckoolander: It shows in some interviews.
* CreatorBacklash: He hated filming ''Streets of Fire'', as he was forbidden from improvising, and hated the final product even more as a result.
* DisappearedDad: Averted. Moranis quit his acting career to be there for his kids after his wife died of breast cancer.
* FunPersonified: It shows when he hosted the 2nd episode of the 15th season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. He gets to dance, play the guitar, play the saxophone, run the camera, help Jon Lovitz iron his pants, play with the effects machine, help a woman apply make-up, and deliver a baby (not a real one, though).
* IconicItem: His glasses.
* InsistentTerminology: He insists to this day that he is ''not'' retired, and just hasn't thought any of the projects that have come his way worth the time away from his kids.
* JewishAndNerdy
* NiceGuy
* OlderThanTheyLook: In his 20's and 30's, he looked about a decade or two younger than he actually was. Plus, he portrayed the comic book character Henry (a young boy) in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1og-2Doxs0 this SCTV sketch]].
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Rick is exactly 163 cm, or 5'4'', in height, and spends free time playing hockey.
* ReclusiveArtist: He famously disappeared from acting in the late '90s to become a full-time single father, refusing most any role offered to him, including vocally reprising Louis in ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame''. As mentioned above, he's only willing to spend time away from his family if the role is good enough, as most of the movies he made in the 90s only used him for his recognizably and not for the talents he was getting fewer and fewer opportunities to show off.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared in two ''Series/SesameStreet'' skits in 1996, as well as guest-starring on ''Muppets Tonight''.
* StarMakingRole: Made it big on ''SCTV'' with characters such as Bob [=McKenzie=] and Gerry Todd. And as for the big screen, it's his role as Louis in ''Ghostbusters''.
* TenMinuteRetirement: His hiatus from acting was supposed to be this--take a little time off to raise his kids and come back later. In that time, however, he found [[CelebrityIsOverrated he didn't really miss it that much]]. He now only does movies when he feels they're worth the extended time away from his family.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses
* TheSouthpaw
* TypeCasting: [[http://rickmoranisfanpage.com/Articles/underglass.html His characters range between nerds, sleazes, weasels, geeks, and goofs]]. Keep in mind that the roles are more versatile than you think (in ''Streets of Fire'', for example, he got to play a nerdy JerkWithAHeartOfGold badass.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In interviews over the ''Ghostbusters'' movies, he claims that he is actually afraid of ghosts.