Creator: Rick Moranis
Frederick Alan "Rick" Moranis (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.In 1997, Rick went on hiatus from acting, because he says it's too complicated to raise his kids while he's going everywhere to do movies, that, and later movies from the 90's lacked creativity and made him feel like he was, in his own words, "a marketable entity." Nowadays, he contributes witty articles for the New York Times once in a while and does the occasional voice-over for animated films. In 2005, Rick also released a comedy album entitled The Agoraphobic Cowboy, which draws influence from country music. It got nominated for a Grammy Award, much to his surprise.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)
Films and shows (post-hiatus):
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys (2001) note
- 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.
- Creator Backlash: Streets of Fire. He hated doing the movie because he wasn't allowed to improvise and hated the results of the final product.
- 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
- 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.
- Reclusive Artist: He became most famous for disappearing from acting altogether in the late 90's, refusing most any role offered to him, including vocally reprising Louis in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. His reasons were a combination of desiring to raise his family, Celebrity Is Overrated and not having any creative freedom in his projects.
- Sesame Street Cred: Appeared in two Sesame Street skits in 1996, as well as guest-starring on Muppets Tonight.
- Star-Making Role: 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.
- The Short Guy with Glasses
- The Southpaw
- Type Casting: 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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold Badass).
- Why Did It Have to Be Ghosts?: In interviews over the Ghostbusters movies, he claims that he is actually afraid of ghosts.