Famous for playing nerdy characters, Rick Moranis, a Canadian actor & comedian got the career breakthrough with sketch comedy series Second City Television (1980- 1981) and SCTV Network (1981- 1982).
In 1983, Moranis made his film debut through Strange Brew, based on his SCTV character Bob McKenzie and made notable appearances in Hollywood films: Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Parenthood (1989), and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series (1989, 1992 & 1997).
Following 6 years of his wife's death, the Canadian actor took acting hiatus in 1997 to raise his children; later he came up in the voice-over in Brother Bear (2003).
Professional since 1976, Rick record 41 acting credits so far, which undoubtedly is the main source of his income. According to Celebrity Net Worth, 66-year-old Moranis has a net worth of $10 million as of January 2020.
Starting his career from radio stations, Rick Moranis got firmness in acting after he landed in comedy sketch SCTV and SCTV Network in the early 80s, where he would impersonate Woody Allen, Elton John, and Ringo Starr, among others.
The sketch comedy gained him the 1982 Primetime Emmy Award.
Apart from acting, the SCTV cast got handy success in music career as well as the comedy career. So far, the Toronto, Ontario- born has released 3 studio albums:
His comedy special album The Great White North was released in 1981; it became 3-time platinum certified by Music Canada & made $1 million in sales.
While attending Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School, Rick also worked as radio disc-jockey at 3 Toronto radio stations & later began to work in radio comedy specials CBC's 90 Minutes Live by 1977 alongside Ken Finkleman.
In 1980, Moranis got an introduction to wide fame after he starred in various roles, especially as Bob McKenzie in sketch comedy SCTV until 1981 (25 episodes) and then appeared in SCTV Network (1981- 1982, 26 episodes).
With film debut through the 1983 film Strange Brew, Rick Moranis' acting prominence gained him the roles in Hollywood movies like Ghostbusters (1984), The Wild Life (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and Spaceballs (1987).
In 1989, the Canadian actor appeared in many box office hits like Ghostbusters II (1989), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Parenthood (1989) alongside stars like Bill Murray, Matt Frewer, and Steve Martin.
Later, he played in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997), the 2nd & 3rd installments of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series.
Moreover, Rick was cast in the live-acting movie The Flintstones (1994) that grossed $341.6 million despite the negative reviews.
On February 4, 1991, Rick's wife Ann Belsky, a costume designer died of breast cancer. The duo had married in 1986 & welcomed 2 children: Rachel and Mitchell.
Following wife's death, Moranis had to struggle with schedules to parent his children. And after 6 years of Ann's departure, Rick announced his acting hiatus in 1997.
Without movie appearances for years, Moranis, in 2001, voiced in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys. Later, he gave the voice of Rutt in Brother Bear (2003) and Brother Bear 2 (2006), where Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Suarez also voiced.
Moreover, he appeared in the TV sitcom The Goldbergs (2018) starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile.
Did you know? Moranis declined for the cameo appearance in 2016's Ghostbusters reboot.
Since the late 90s, the 5 ft. 6 inches tall actor is living low-key, either it is his personal life or professional career update. No update on Moranis' dating life or marriage ever came up, since his wife Ann died.
Rick joined the SCTV's 2019 reunion comedy special, An Afternoon with SCTV, released by Netflix & has not talked about his upcoming projects.
Currently, the actor lives in Canada.
Rick was born on April 18, 1953, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a Jewish family. His real name is Frederick Allan Moranis. He went to Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School with Geddy Lee, the lead vocalist of the band Rush.
Moranis holds Canadian nationality and hails from Hungarian descent.