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Rick Moranis

Lowest Rated:   0% Big Bully (1996)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Little Shop Of Horrors: A Summer Of Musicals
  • Actor
2013
50% Brother Bear 2
  • Rutt
2006
38% 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
40% Little Giants
  • Danny O'Shea
1994
23% The Flintstones
  • Barney Rubble
1994
8% Splitting Heirs
  • Henry
1993
41% 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
57% 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
64% Streets of Fire
  • Billy Fish
1984
No Score Yet Hockey Night
  • Coach
1984
73% Strange Brew
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Bob McKenzie
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1989
  • 1983

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