Rick Moranis

Actor, Writer, Comedian
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1953 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Ghostbusters (Reboot) 2016 (Movie)

(has been mentioned) (Actor)

Brother Bear 2 2005 (Movie)

Rutt (Voice)

Brother Bear 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Rutt (Actor)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves 1997 (Movie)

Wayne Szalinski (Actor)

Big Bully 1996 (Movie)

David Leary (Actor)

Little Giants 1994 (Movie)

Danny O'Shea (Actor)

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Barney Rubble (Actor)

Splitting Heirs 1993 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1992 (Movie)

Wayne Szalinski (Actor)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Gravedigger (Actor)

Rick Moranis in Gravedale High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Louis Tully (Actor)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids 1989 (Movie)

Wayne Szalinski (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Nathan (Actor)

The Best of SCTV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

Dark Helmet (Actor)

Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

Barry Nye (Actor)

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

Gross (Actor)

Little Shop of Horrors 1986 (Movie)

Seymour Krelborn (Actor)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Morty King (Actor)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Louis Tully (Actor)

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

Billy Fish (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

Bob McKenzie (Actor)

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Hockey Night (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Polka (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Milestones

1997

Appeared in "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves", the second sequel to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"

1995

Acted in the high-school revenge comedy "Big Bully"

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

1991

Played an uncredited cameo role as a gravedigger in the Martin's comedy, "LA Story"

1990

Co-starred with Martin in "My Blue Heaven"

1989

Cast in the superb ensemble comedy "Parenthood"

1989

Reprised role in "Ghostbusters II"

1989

First hit film, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"

1987

Played Darth Vader-like villain in Mel Brooks' "Star Wars" spoof "Spaceballs"

1986

Starred as nebbish Seymour in the black comedy/musical film version of "Little Shop of Horrors"; first movie with Steve Martin

1984

Had small, but memorable role as nerdy, possessed Louis in the blockbuster hit "Ghostbusters"

1983

Film acting, co-directing and co-writing (with Dave Thomas) debut in "Strange Brew"

1982

Featured on NBC TV pilot, "Twilight Theatre II"

1981

Recorded first comedy album, "Great White North" (with Dave Thomas)

1975

Moved to Los Angeles (for five weeks)

1970

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)

Joined "Second City TV" syndicated TV series during its third season on CBC as a performer/writer

Supplied the voice of the high school teacher protagonist of the Saturday morning animated children's program, "Rick Moranis in Gravedale High"

Series regular on and writer for "SCTV Network 90" series

Performed on Toronto cabaret circuit in the 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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

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

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