Rick Ducommun

Actor, Comedian
Once an overweight comic from Canada, Rick Ducommun slimmed down in the late 1980s and went on to tackle solid co-starring roles in feature films and TV, as well as headline several HBO and other pay-cable specials ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1956 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, CA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Like Mike 2002 (Movie)

Dad Outside Arena (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Normal, Ohio 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MVP: Most Valuable Primate 2000 (Movie)

Coach Marlowe (Actor)

Scary Movie 2000 (Movie)

Cindy's Dad (Actor)

Shasta Mcnasty 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Final Voyage 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

But Seriously '94 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shaggy Dog 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blank Check 1994 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Buddies 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost in the Machine 1993 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Ripper's Agent (Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

Parole Officer Reichert (Actor)

Encino Man 1992 (Movie)

Mr Brush (Actor)

Rick Ducommun: Hit and Run 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Pool Owner (Actor)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Montreal International Comedy Festival 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

Navigator C-2A (Actor)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Experts 1989 (Movie)

Reverend Sparks (Actor)

Little Monsters 1989 (Movie)

Snik (Actor)

Rick Ducommun: Piece of Mind 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

Art Weingartner (Actor)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

City Worker (Actor)

Max Headroom 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eleventh Annual Young Comedians Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Just For Laughs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Slickers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

Prison Guard (Actor)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Wardell (Actor)

The Last Precinct 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

No Small Affair 1984 (Movie)

Groom (Actor)

Rock-N-America 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicke of the Night 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Dogmatic (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

Ready to Run (TV Show)

Voice

The Last Precinct (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Rock-N-America 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Once an overweight comic from Canada, Rick Ducommun slimmed down in the late 1980s and went on to tackle solid co-starring roles in feature films and TV, as well as headline several HBO and other pay-cable specials. Ducommun grew up on a farm, the son of an entrepreneur father with whom he did not get along. Running away from home at age 14, he hitchhiked around the northern U.S., often living in communes, until returning to Canada at age 17, this time to Vancouver. A hefty-sized man, he began living with Susan Diamond, and the duo opened a chain of sporting goods shops and skateboarding parks and manufacturing concerns. On a dare, Ducommun tried to do stand-up comedy at a Vancouver club. He was not only asked back, but bitten by the show business bug. He began playing clubs in Canada, hosted his own children's show, "ZigZag," and was put on TV by Alan Thicke, who was then hosting a talk show out of Vancouver. When Thicke made his deal to do "Thicke of the Night," a late-night talk show from L.A., he brought Ducommun down to be announcer and a performer. When the show flopped, Ducommun began performing at L.A. clubs and acting in sitcoms. He was one of the zany cops on "The Last Precinct," a short-lived NBC show in 1986, and Mahler on "Max Headroom" from 1987-88. Ducommun also played small parts in films, beginning with "No Small Affair" in 1984, but found himself limited by a frame carrying 426 lb. He slimmed down more than 200 lb., and won the role of Art Weingartner, the dumb lug nosy neighbor to Tom Hanks in "The 'Burbs" (1989). Despite good reaction to his work, the film was not a success, and Ducommun found himself mixing live performances in with his occasional film work, including small appearances in dramas like "Die Hard" (1988) and "The Hunt for Red October" (1990). HBO did a special with Ducommun in 1989 called "Piece of Mind," which was well received, as was the follow-up, "Hit and Run" in 1992. Ducommun frequently hosted pay and cable programs featuring stand-up comedy and was a regular performer on the Comedy Channel, later renamed, Comedy Central. Ducommun co-starred in the Harold Ramis cult comedy classic "Groundhog Day" (1993) and the Schwarzenegger comedy "Last Action Hero" (1993).Moving into television, Ducommun had guest roles on series including "Murphy Brown" (CBS 1988-1998) and "The Wayans Bros." (WB 1995-99).He reunited with the Wayans family with a supporting role in "Scary Movie" (2000) as the father of Anna Faris' Cindy, but by the turn of the millennium, Ducommun's film and TV career was winding up. His final screen appearance came in the family comedy "Funky Monkey" (2004). Rick Ducommun died in hospice care on June 12, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Relationships

June Ducommun

Mother

Nash Ducommun

Daughter

Sibling
three younger

Susan Diamond

Companion
common law wife was stockbroker trainee when they met

Ross Ducommun

Father

Hudson Ducommun

Son
born January 26, 1993 mother Leslie McNulty

Leslie McNulty

Companion
mother of Ducommun's son

Milestones

2004

Final screen appearance in the comedy "Funky Monkey"

2000

Supporting role in "Scary Movie," directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans.

1995

Recurring role in The WB TV comedy "The Wayans Bros."

1993

Supporting role in Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day."

1990

Supporting role in espionage thriller "The Hunt for Red October," starring Sean Connery

1989

First HBO special, "Rick Ducommun: Piece of Mind"

1989

Co-starred in "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks.

1987

Portrayed Mahler on ABC cult series "Max Headroom."

1986

Regular on series "The Last Precinct"

1984

Film debut with a bit part in "No Small Affair"

1983

Appeared on "Thicke of the Night" as announcer and performer

Began doing stand-up comedy in Vancouver, Canada; hosted childrens show, "ZigZag"

Bonus Trivia

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Ducommun's advise to others, who, like himself, find themselves obese: "Stop eating! You fat slobs!"

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