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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 18, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, writer, director, comedian, radio engineer

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Actor-comedian Rick Moranis parlayed his turn on the groundbreaking Canadian sketch comedy series "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC/Superchannel, 1976-1984) into a decade-long string of starring roles in popular Hollywood comedies, including "Ghostbusters" (1984), "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989) and "The Flintstones" (1994). Bespectacled and unassuming in appearance, Moranis was a natural for socially awkward characters whose strength and charisma were visible only after serious challenges ensued, though his most popular role was that of the supernaturally dense Bob McKenzie, one half of the beer-swilling McKenzie Brothers, who debuted on "SCTV" and later earned their own feature, "Strange Brew" (1983). After the death of his wife in 1991, Moranis retired from acting, but emerged in 2005 as an unlikely country singer on the Grammy-nominated "Agorophobic Cowboy." His "SCTV" heritage, along with his best films, made Moranis among the best-regarded television and movie comics of the 1980s and 1990s.

Actor-comedian Rick Moranis parlayed his turn on the groundbreaking Canadian sketch comedy series "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC/Superchannel, 1976-1984) into a decade-long string of starring roles in popular Hollywood comedies, including "Ghostbusters" (1984), "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989) and "The Flintstones" (1994). Bespectacled and unassuming in appearance, Moranis was a natural for socially awkward characters whose strength and charisma were visible only after serious challenges ensued, though his most popular role was that of the supernaturally dense Bob McKenzie, one half of the beer-swilling McKenzie Brothers, who debuted on "SCTV" and later earned their own feature, "Strange Brew" (1983). After the death of his wife in 1991, Moranis retired from acting, but emerged in 2005 as an unlikely country singer on the Grammy-nominated "Agorophobic Cowboy." His "SCTV" heritage, along with his best films, made Moranis among the best-regarded television and movie comics of the 1980s and 1990s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Strange Brew (1983) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Brother Bear 2 (2006)
2.
 Brother Bear (2003) Voice Of Rutt
3.
 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! (1997) Wayne Szalinski
4.
 Big Bully (1996) David Leary
5.
 Little Giants (1994) Danny O'Shea
6.
 Flintstones, The (1994) Barney Rubble
7.
 Splitting Heirs (1993) Henry
8.
 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) Wayne Szalinski
9.
 L.A. Story (1991) (Uncredited) Gravedigger
10.
 My Blue Heaven (1990) Barney
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1971:
Began career as a part-time radio engineer in Toronto, Ontario while still in high school; supplied station's deejays with funny one-liners which led to his own radio show which he hosted and wrote (date approximate)
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Performed on Toronto cabaret circuit in the 1970s
1975:
Moved to Los Angeles (for five weeks)
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Joined "Second City TV" syndicated TV series during its third season on CBC as a performer/writer
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Series regular on and writer for "SCTV Network 90" series
1981:
Recorded first comedy album, "Great White North" (with Dave Thomas)
1982:
Featured on NBC TV pilot, "Twilight Theatre II"
1983:
Film acting, co-directing and co-writing (with Dave Thomas) debut in "Strange Brew"
1984:
Had small, but memorable role as nerdy, possessed Louis in the blockbuster hit "Ghostbusters"
1986:
Starred as nebbish Seymour in the black comedy/musical film version of "Little Shop of Horrors"; first movie with Steve Martin
1987:
Played Darth Vader-like villain in Mel Brooks' "Star Wars" spoof "Spaceballs"
1989:
First hit film, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"
1989:
Reprised role in "Ghostbusters II"
1989:
Cast in the superb ensemble comedy "Parenthood"
1990:
Co-starred with Martin in "My Blue Heaven"
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Supplied the voice of the high school teacher protagonist of the Saturday morning animated children's program, "Rick Moranis in Gravedale High"
1991:
Played an uncredited cameo role as a gravedigger in the Martin's comedy, "LA Story"
1994:
Starred in the kids football flick "Little Giants"
1994:
Was the perfect live-action Barney Rubble in "The Flintstones", starring John Goodman and Rosie O'Donnell
1995:
Acted in the high-school revenge comedy "Big Bully"
1997:
Appeared in "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves", the second sequel to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"
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Notes

The episode of the "SCTV Network" for which Moranis won a writing Emmy in 1982 was one of four episodes of the show nominated in that same category for the 1981/82 season.

"Strange Brew" was the top grossing Canadian film of 1983.

"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" cost $22 million and made more than $71 million.

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