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Rick Moranis was born Frederick Alan Moranis 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 reboot, 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 retired 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. 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.More information can be found here.
Films and shows (pre-retirement):
Films and shows (post-retirement):