Rick Moranis

Lowest Rated: 0% Big Bully (1996)
Birthday: Apr 18, 1953
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
While still attending high school in Toronto, Rick Moranis held down a part-time job as a radio engineer. After working as a solo nightclub comic and radio deejay, Moranis joined the Second City comedy troupe, which lead to his television bow in 1980 on the syndicated weekly Second City TV. Like his SCTV colleagues, Moranis' strong suit was his versatility, though his early fame rested on a single characterization. Grudgingly honoring a Canadian regulatory requirement that Second City TV include a sequence of "identifiable Canadian content" in each episode, Moranis and Dave Thomas created the characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of beer-guzzling, back-bacon-chewing "hosers" who allegedly represented certain Canadians. The largely improvised McKenzie brothers segments scored an immediate hit, spawning a 1983 feature film Strange Brew, which Moranis and Thomas starred in, co-wrote and co-directed. Since leaving Second City TV, Moranis has pursued a successful film career, usually playing clueless or self-involved nerds. He played reluctant "ghost host" Louis Tully in the two Ghostbusters films, was cast as Seymour Krelboin in the 1986 musical version of Little Shop of Horrors, and was seen as eccentric inventor Wayne Szalinski in Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and its sequel Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992). Even in his 40s, Moranis convincingly portrayed geekish losers-turned-winners in such films as Little Giants (1994) and Big Bully (1995). He played a convincing live-action version of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones (1994). In 1997, he reprised Wayne Szlalinski in Disney's third installment of their now direct-to-video series Honey We Shrunk Ourselves. Having lost his wife Ann to liver cancer in 1991, the beloved character actor subsequently retreated from the spotlight to raise their two children, emerging only occasionally for vocal work on projects like The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie and Brother Bear (both 2003), or to record his Grammy-nominated country album The Agoraphobic Cowboy.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Little Shop Of Horrors: A Summer Of Musicals Actor 2013
50% Brother Bear 2 Rutt 2006
37% Brother Bear Rutt $85.1M 2003
No Score Yet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys Toy Taker 2001
25% Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! Wayne Szalinski 1997
0% Big Bully David Leary 1996
36% Little Giants Danny O'Shea 1994
22% The Flintstones Barney Rubble 1994
8% Splitting Heirs Henry 1993
42% Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Wayne Szalinski 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
94% L.A. Story Gravedigger 1991
71% My Blue Heaven Barney Coopersmith 1990
No Score Yet The Rocket Boy Automatic Safety System 1989
93% Parenthood Nathan 1989
75% Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Wayne Szalinski 1989
53% Ghostbusters 2 Louis Tully 1989
58% Spaceballs Dark Helmet 1987
No Score Yet Quote Alongs: Spaceballs Actor 1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors Seymour Krelborn 1986
11% Club Paradise Barry Nye 1986
0% Head Office Gross 1986
36% Brewster's Millions Morty King 1985
No Score Yet The Last Polka Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Wild Life Harry 1984
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Louis Tully 1984
67% Streets of Fire Billy Fish 1984
No Score Yet Hockey Night Coach 1984
74% Strange Brew Screenwriter Director Bob McKenzie 1983

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Goldbergs
2013
Voice
  • 2018
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1989
  • 1983
No Score Yet Rick Moranis in Gravedale High
1990
Voice
No Score Yet SCTV
1976-1981
Performer

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