"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 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 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 City Slickers 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 Grammy Award. 8 years later in 2013, Rick made a comeback with My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs, an album based around his Jewish heritage. Special orders of the CD came with a purple yarmulke, similar to what Rick wore on the album cover.Some information can be found here.
Films and shows (pre-hiatus):
- SCTV (1976) note
- Strange Brew (1983) note
- Streets of Fire: A Rock and Roll Fable (1984) note
- Ghostbusters (1984) note
- Head Office (1986) note
- Club Paradise (1986)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986) note
- Spaceballs (1987)
- Ghostbusters II (1989)
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) note
- Parenthood (1989)
- My Blue Heaven (1990)
- Gravedale High (1990) note
- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
- Splitting Heirs (1993)
- The Flintstones (1994)
- Little Giants (1994)
- Big Bully (1995)
- Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1996) note
Films and shows (post-hiatus):
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys (2001)
- Brother Bear (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)
- Adorkable: Often described as "nerdy", whether as himself, or characters such as Louis or Seymour.
- Canada, Eh?
- Cloud Cuckoolander: It shows in some interviews.
- Disappeared Dad: Averted. Moranis quit his acting career to be there for his kids after his wife died of breast cancer.
- Fun Personified: It shows when he hosted the 2nd episode of the 15th season of Saturday Night Live. 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).
- Iconic Item: His glasses.
- Insistent Terminology: 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.
- Jewish and Nerdy
- Nice Guy
- Older Than They Look: 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 this SCTV sketch.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Rick is exactly 163 cm, or 5'4'', in height, and spends free time playing hockey.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: Appeared in two Sesame Street skits in 1996, as well as guest-starring on Muppets Tonight.
- 10-Minute Retirement: 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 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.
- The Short Guy with Glasses
- The Southpaw
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In interviews over the Ghostbusters movies, he claims that he is actually afraid of ghosts.