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Moranis, Rick Biography




biography of Moranis, Rick

Frederick Alan Moranis
18 April 1953, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5' 4"


-   'Ann Belsky' (qv) (1986 - 15 February 1991) (her death); 2 children


-   Glasses

-   Nerdy characters


-   Was widowed in 1991 when his wife died of liver cancer. He has two children from that marriage.

-   Moranis and 'Dave Thomas (I)' (qv) originally created the characters Bob and Doug McKenzie in protest against government requirements for "identifiable Canadian content" in domestically produced television programming. The skits, as an SCTV program "The Great White North" featured two dim witted brothers who combined as many negative Canadian stereotypes as possible. Despite this, they became so popular that the skits were included in the U.S. version of the program, and Moranis and Thomas were made members of the Order of Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture.

-   Was the afternoon deejay on Toronto radio station CHUM-FM in the Seventies.

-   Using the on-air name of "Rick Allen" he was the overnight deejay on Toronto radio station CFTR-AM in the early Seventies after that station switched formats from Beautiful Music to Top 40.

-   Along with 'Dave Thomas (I)' (qv), scored a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1982 called "Take Off" as Bob and Doug MacKenzie in a duet with Rush lead singer 'Geddy Lee' (qv).

-   Went to school with 'Geddy Lee' (qv) from Rush.

-   He made the cover of the first issue of Disney Adventures in 1990.

-   Ricky Moranis had a letter published in Mad magazine, issue #120 (July 1968). The subject was "Don Martin Looks at Frogs.".

-   Was invited to the party 'Steve Martin (I)' (qv) was throwing that turned out to be his wedding.

-   Attended the funeral of his good friend 'John Candy' (qv).

-   Was considered for the role of Governor Lewis in _Evolution (2001)_ (qv).

-   He was the only SCTV cast member who didn't come from the Second City theatre.

-   Following the death of his wife in 1991, the difficulty of raising their two children on his own, and his increasing disenchantment with Hollywood, Moranis retired from acting in 1997. He had intended the retirement to be a sabbatical of a couple of years, but later realized that he didn't miss the pressure. He still does occasional voice work, e.g. _Brother Bear (2003)_ (qv).

-   His character in _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv), Louis Tully, was originally written for 'John Candy' (qv). Moranis was brought in as a last-minute replacement when Candy dropped out. Moranis, Candy, and Ghostbusters co-star 'Harold Ramis' (qv) are all alumni of _"Second City TV" (1976)_ (qv).

-   He is the only actor to appear in all 3 of the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" films: _Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)_ (qv), _Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992)_ (qv) and _Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997) (V)_ (qv).


-   Comedy album released in 1989, "You, Me, The Music And Me" on IRS records.

-   Music video from album: "The Girl From Ipanema"

-   Starred in music video for Donald Fagen's "Tomorrow's Girls"

-   He appeared in Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" music video.

-   Music video: "(Meet) The Flintstones" by The BC52s

-   Recorded the "Great White North" Album with Dave Thomas (Doug McKenzie) featuring Geddy Lee of Rush. This was a comedy album based on their Bob and Doug McKenzie Skit from SCTV

-   TV commercials for Molson beer

-   Music video: Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters"

-   Commentary, "Heaven's Gates," The New York Times, February 19, 2005.

-   Recorded A country album "The Agoraphobic Cowboy" released in 2005.

-   Commentary, "12 Rms, 8 Bths, 38 Wind Turbines," The New York Times, February 5, 2007

-   Commentary, My Days Are Numbered, The New York Times, November 22, 2006

-   TV commercial in 1989 for McDonald's "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" collectors' items.


-   Until 1982, Canada Day was known as Dominion Day. I always thought that had more of a ring to it. Beyond the zippy alliteration, it reminded us citizens that our domain of orderly domesticity was graced by the dominant power of our "Dominus." And the rights granted therein to us by the glorious English crown through her colonial appointee, the right honourable governor general. 'There was another problem with Dominion Day. Dominion was the name of a national grocery store chain. It would be like calling the Fourth of July D'Agostino's Day. 'Independence (now there's a great name for a day!) came slowly to our country. In 1965, we dumped the old, staid British ensign for our own new flag. in lIt's the one with the big red maple leaf in the middle. A simple, sweet leaf! We also have moose and beavers on our coins. And we call our dollars loonies because the coin has an image of a loon. Another old bird, the Queen of England, is on the other side of the coin. 'I remember singing "God Save the Queen" every morning in school. "Long live our noble Queen!" we belted, thousands of us tubby little obedient Canadians. I guess it worked. She's still alive. Now they sing "O Canada" in schools and at most sporting events; usually in French and English. Around the time we were changing anthems, dumping ensigns and renaming holidays, the official use of both languages became mandatory, except in Quebec where the required use of English is a bit fuzzy. 'Canada Day comes and goes modestly every year. Sure, there are retail sales promotions and a long weekend. But there isn't bluster or commodity in Canadian celebration. Canada isn't big on bunting. Or jet flyovers, fireworks, marching bands or military pomp. 'Canadians defer. We save our loonies and don't jaywalk. It's illegal, eh. We stand on guard at red lights, even when there is no traffic. We wait for clear, green governing lights to signal our turn and lead us on. Then we tuck our heads down, under wooly toques and worn-out scarves, one eye barely open, squinting headlong into the harsh prairie wind, cautiously, quietly, demurely Canadian.

-   I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it.

-   On the last couple of movies I made - big-budget Hollywood movies - I really missed being able to create my own material. In the early movies I did, I was brought in to basically rewrite my stuff, whether it was Ghostbusters or Spaceballs. By the time I got to the point where I was "starring" in movies, and I had executives telling me what lines to say, that wasn't for me. I'm really not an actor. I'm a guy who comes out of comedy, and my impetus was always to rewrite the line to make it funnier, not to try to make somebody's precious words work.


-   (1996-) New York City running his own production company.

-   (September 2005) Released a comedy/country album "The Agoraphobic Cowboy"


-   "Starlog" (USA), August 1989, Iss. 145, pg. 30-34, by: Jami Bernard, "Comedian Under Glass"

-   "Starlog" (USA), September 1984, Vol. 8, Iss. 86, pg. 41-43,+66, by: David McDonnell & John Sayers, "Rick Moranis: Nebbish, Nerd & Famous Hoser"


-   "The New York Times" (USA), 30 June 2009, by: Rick Moranis, "Our True North"

-   "Tennis" (USA), March 2000, pg. 17, by: Warren Florence, "On Court With: Rick Moranis"


-   "Starlog" (USA), August 1992, Iss. 181

-   "Disney Adventures" (USA), 1990, Vol. 1, Iss. 1

-   "Starlog Yearbook" (USA), 1990, Vol. 6

-   "Starlog" (USA), December 1986, Vol. 10, Iss. 113

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Acting in movies

  1. "Edición Especial Coleccionista" (2010) {Calles de fuego (#3.13)}
  2. Ghostbusters in Hell (2008) {{SUSPENDED}}
  3. "5 Second Movies" (2007) {Spaceballs (#1.82)}
  4. Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary (2007) (TV)
  5. Brother Bear 2 (2006) (V)
  6. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(2006-02-03)}
  7. "The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie" (2003)
  8. Brother Bear (2003)
  9. Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids (2003) (TV)
  10. Sing Along Songs: Brother Bear - On My Way (2003) (V)
  11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (2001) (V)
  12. Discovering Bedrock (1999) (V)
  13. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997) (V)
  14. "Muppets Tonight" (1996) {(#2.2)}
  15. "Muppets Tonight" (1996) {The Best of Muppets Tonight! (#2.9)}
  16. Big Bully (1996)
  17. The Best of John Candy on SCTV (1996) (TV)
  18. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1994)
  19. Little Giants (1994)
  20. The Flintstones (1994)
  21. "Monte Video" (1994) {Urlaub}
  22. Splitting Heirs (1993)
  23. "Clive Anderson Talks Back" (1989) {(#8.9)}
  24. Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
  25. "Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories" (1992) {Little Toot and the Loch Ness Monster/Choo Choo (#1.3)}
  26. L.A. Story (1991)
  27. My Blue Heaven (1990/I)
  28. The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards (1990) (TV)
  29. The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV)
  30. The Earth Day Special (1990) (TV)
  31. "Going Live!" (1987) {(#3.22)}
  32. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Cleo's Pen Pal (#1.3)}
  33. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Do the Rad Thing (#1.2)}
  34. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Fear of Flying (#1.7)}
  35. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Frankenjockey (#1.9)}
  36. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Goodbye Gravedale (#1.12)}
  37. "Gravedale High" (1990) {He Ain't Scary, He's My Brother (#1.8)}
  38. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Long Days Guerny Into Night (#1.1)}
  39. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Monster Gumbo (#1.4)}
  40. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Monster on Trial (#1.13)}
  41. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Night of the Living Dad (#1.11)}
  42. "Gravedale High" (1990) {Save Our School (#1.10)}
  43. "Gravedale High" (1990) {The Dress Up Mess Up (#1.5)}
  44. "Gravedale High" (1990) {The Grave Intruder (#1.6)}
  45. "Showbiz Today" (1984) {(1990-08-18)}
  46. "The Arsenio Hall Show" (1989) {(1990-08-17)}
  47. Ghostbusters II (1989)
  48. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  49. Parenthood (1989)
  50. The Rocket Boy (1989) (TV)
  51. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) {(1989-06-22)}
  52. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Rick Moranis/Rickie Lee Jones (#15.2)}
  53. The Best of SCTV (1988) (TV)
  54. Spaceballs (1987)
  55. Club Paradise (1986)
  56. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  57. Brewster's Millions (1985)
  58. Head Office (1985)
  59. The Last Polka (1985) (TV)
  60. Ghost Busters (1984)
  61. Hockey Night (1984) (TV)
  62. Music Videos and Inside 'Streets of Fire' (1984) (TV)
  63. On the Scene with the Ghostbusters (1984) (TV)
  64. Streets of Fire (1984)
  65. The Wild Life (1984)
  66. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983)
  67. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Lily Tomlin (#8.10)}
  68. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas/The Bus Boys (#8.11)}
  69. The 34th Annual Emmy Awards (1982) (TV)
  70. Twilight Theater (1982) (TV)
  71. "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982) {(#1.7)}
  72. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {3D Stake from the Heart (#1.22)}
  73. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Battle of the PBS Stars (#1.25)}
  74. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Chariots of Eggs (#1.24)}
  75. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Days of the Week, The/Street Beef (#2.2)}
  76. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Midnight Video Special (#1.18)}
  77. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {People's Global Golden Choice Awards (#1.21)}
  78. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pet Peeves/The Happy Wanderers (#1.23)}
  79. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pre-Teen World Telethon (#1.20)}
  80. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Rome, Italian Style (#2.1)}
  81. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Teacher's Pet (#1.17)}
  82. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Great White North Palace (#1.19)}
  83. "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour" (1982) {(#1.1)}
  84. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Bouncin' Back to You with the Tubes (#1.8)}
  85. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {CCCP 1 (#1.10)}
  86. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Compilation (#1.4)}
  87. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Doorway to Hell (#1.14)}
  88. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {I'm Taking My Own Head... (#1.11)}
  89. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Lunchtime Street Beef (#1.5)}
  90. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Moral Majority (#1.6)}
  91. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {One on the Town (#1.1)}
  92. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pledge Week (#1.7)}
  93. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Polynesiantown (#1.2)}
  94. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {SCTV Staff Christmas Party (#1.16)}
  95. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Southside Fracas (#1.3)}
  96. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Godfather (#1.15)}
  97. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Great White North (#1.9)}
  98. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Walter Cronkite's Brain (#1.13)}
  99. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Zontar (#1.12)}
  100. "Second City TV" (1976) {1984: Big Brother (#3.16)}
  101. "Second City TV" (1976) {Alpha Channel (#3.18)}
  102. "Second City TV" (1976) {Cookery Crock/Cartoon Coroner (#3.20)}
  103. "Second City TV" (1976) {Dick Cavett (#3.24)}
  104. "Second City TV" (1976) {Gene Shalit's America (#3.22)}
  105. "Second City TV" (1976) {Mel's Rock Pile: Richard Harris (#3.23)}
  106. "Second City TV" (1976) {Midnight Express Special (#3.19)}
  107. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Best of Season 3 (#3.26)}
  108. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Cisco Kid (#3.25)}
  109. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Mating Game (#3.21)}
  110. "Second City TV" (1976) {Two Way TV/Pit Bulls (#3.17)}
  111. "Second City TV" (1976) {Death Motel (#3.5)}
  112. "Second City TV" (1976) {Death of a Salesman (#3.3)}
  113. "Second City TV" (1976) {Gaslight (#3.8)}
  114. "Second City TV" (1976) {Hollywood Salutes Its Extras (#3.14)}
  115. "Second City TV" (1976) {Hugh Betcha's Night Gallery (#3.12)}
  116. "Second City TV" (1976) {Lee A. Iacocca's Rock Concert (#3.1)}
  117. "Second City TV" (1976) {Man's Ability to Imitate (#3.9)}
  118. "Second City TV" (1976) {Mel's Rock Pile (#3.10)}
  119. "Second City TV" (1976) {My Factory, My Self (#3.4)}
  120. "Second City TV" (1976) {Play It Again, Bob (#3.7)}
  121. "Second City TV" (1976) {Star Wars (#3.13)}
  122. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Irwin Allen Show (#3.15)}
  123. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Lone Ranger Show (#3.6)}
  124. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Sammy Maudlin Show: Bob Hope in China (#3.11)}
  125. "Second City TV" (1976) {Thursday Night Live (#3.2)}
  126. "90 Minutes Live" (1976)

Written

  1. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {Bob Falls in Love (#1.6)} (creator)
  2. "Bob & Doug" (2009) (creator)
  3. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {Back to School (#1.1)} (creator)
  4. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {Bob and Doug Forever (#1.9)} (creator)
  5. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {Bob and Doug Go on Strike (#1.7)} (creator)
  6. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {Dennis Moves In (#1.3)} (creator)
  7. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {I Want My CBN (#1.5)} (creator)
  8. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {Ice Road Truckers (#1.4)} (creator)
  9. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {New Management (#1.8)} (creator)
  10. "Bob & Doug" (2009) {No Country for Old People (#1.2)} (creator)
  11. The Best of SCTV (1988) (TV)
  12. Ghost Busters (1984) (uncredited) <2,1,1>
  13. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) (written by) <1,1,1>
  14. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pre-Teen World Telethon (#1.20)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  15. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Rome, Italian Style (#2.1)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  16. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Teacher's Pet (#1.17)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  17. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Great White North Palace (#1.19)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  18. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {3D Stake from the Heart (#1.22)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  19. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Battle of the PBS Stars (#1.25)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  20. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Chariots of Eggs (#1.24)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  21. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Days of the Week, The/Street Beef (#2.2)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  22. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Midnight Video Special (#1.18)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  23. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {People's Global Golden Choice Awards (#1.21)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  24. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pet Peeves/The Happy Wanderers (#1.23)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  25. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Cisco Kid (#3.25)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  26. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Mating Game (#3.21)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  27. "Second City TV" (1976) {Two Way TV/Pit Bulls (#3.17)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  28. "Second City TV" (1976) {Mel's Rock Pile: Richard Harris (#3.23)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  29. "Second City TV" (1976) {Midnight Express Special (#3.19)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  30. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Best of Season 3 (#3.26)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  31. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pledge Week (#1.7)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  32. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Polynesiantown (#1.2)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  33. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {SCTV Staff Christmas Party (#1.16)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  34. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Southside Fracas (#1.3)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  35. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Godfather (#1.15)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  36. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Great White North (#1.9)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  37. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Walter Cronkite's Brain (#1.13)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  38. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Zontar (#1.12)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  39. "Second City TV" (1976) {1984: Big Brother (#3.16)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  40. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Bouncin' Back to You with the Tubes (#1.8)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  41. "Second City TV" (1976) {Alpha Channel (#3.18)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  42. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {CCCP 1 (#1.10)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  43. "Second City TV" (1976) {Cookery Crock/Cartoon Coroner (#3.20)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  44. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Compilation (#1.4)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  45. "Second City TV" (1976) {Dick Cavett (#3.24)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  46. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Doorway to Hell (#1.14)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  47. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {I'm Taking My Own Head... (#1.11)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  48. "Second City TV" (1976) {Gene Shalit's America (#3.22)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  49. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Lunchtime Street Beef (#1.5)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  50. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Moral Majority (#1.6)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  51. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {One on the Town (#1.1)} (written by) <1,1,5>
  52. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Irwin Allen Show (#3.15)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  53. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Lone Ranger Show (#3.6)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  54. "Second City TV" (1976) {The Sammy Maudlin Show: Bob Hope in China (#3.11)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  55. "Second City TV" (1976) {Thursday Night Live (#3.2)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  56. "Second City TV" (1976) {Lee A. Iacocca's Rock Concert (#3.1)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  57. "Second City TV" (1976) {Man's Ability to Imitate (#3.9)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  58. "Second City TV" (1976) {Mel's Rock Pile (#3.10)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  59. "Second City TV" (1976) {My Factory, My Self (#3.4)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  60. "Second City TV" (1976) {Play It Again, Bob (#3.7)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  61. "Second City TV" (1976) {Star Wars (#3.13)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  62. "Second City TV" (1976) {Death Motel (#3.5)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  63. "Second City TV" (1976) {Death of a Salesman (#3.3)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  64. "Second City TV" (1976) {Gaslight (#3.8)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  65. "Second City TV" (1976) {Hollywood Salutes Its Extras (#3.14)} (writer) <1,1,4>
  66. "Second City TV" (1976) {Hugh Betcha's Night Gallery (#3.12)} (writer) <1,1,4>
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