Rick Moranis

Biography

Date of Birth 18 April 1953, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Birth Name Frederick Alan Moranis Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Moranis was born Frederick Alan Moranis in Toronto, Ontario. In the 1970s, he worked (using the stage name Rick Allen) as a disc jockey at various radio stations in Toronto, including CFTR, CKFH, and CHUM-FM. Together with Ken Finkleman, he tried his hand at stand-up and did some comedy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He followed that with his work at SCTV, enjoying particular success portraying "Bob" of Bob and Doug McKenzie. Doug was played by Canadian actor Dave Thomas. His other memorable SCTV characterizations include motor-mouthed film producer Larry Siegel, terminally-ill rock star Clay Collins, smooth-voiced video deejay Gerry Todd, cool Leutonian pop star Linsk Minyk, kid-brother amateur comic Skip Bittman, head cheese butcher Carl Scutz, and morning homily intellect Rabbi Karlov. One of Rick Moranis' trademarks is that, with the exception of Strange Brew and The Flintstones, he always wears glasses in his films. Celebrities impersonated by Moranis on SCTV include: David Brinkley, Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin, Woody Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, Al Waxman, George Carlin, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Anson Williams, Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, Jim Bakker, Brent Musburger, Henry Moore, Phil Silvers, John Denver, and the voice of Gordon Lightfoot. As of 2004, Moranis was on the Advisory Committee for the comedy program at Humber College, the only such diploma program in the world. In an October 2005 interview in USA Today, Moranis talked about backing away from the movie business: "I pulled out of making movies in about '96 or '97. I'm a single parent (Moranis' wife died in 1991 of liver cancer), 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." In 2005, Moranis released an album entitled The Agoraphobic Cowboy, featuring country songs with lyrics which Moranis says follow in the comic tradition of songwriters/singers such as Roger Miller and Jim Stafford. The album was produced by Tony Scherr, and is distributed through ArtistShare, as well as Moranis' official Web site. In the Sound & Vision interview done before he decided to release the album, he commented on the origins of some of the songs: "About a year ago (in 2003), out of the blue, I just wrote a bunch of songs. For lack of a better explanation, they’re more country than anything. And I actually demo’ed four or five of them, and I’m not sure at this point what I’m going to do with them--whether I’m going to fold them into a full-length video or a movie. But, boy, I had a good time doing that." On December 8, 2005, The Agoraphobic Cowboy was announced as a nominee for the 2006 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. (A previous album by Moranis was entitled You, Me, The Music, and Me (1989). On February 3, 2006, Moranis performed "Press Pound" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and discussed the development of his music career.

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Birth Name

Frederick Alan Moranis

Birth Place

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Date

4/18/1953
Known For
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Spaceballs

Dark Helmet

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Wayne Szalinski

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Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

Wayne Szalinski

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Streets of Fire

Billy Fish

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Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

Wayne Szalinski

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Strange Brew

Bob McKenzie

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My Blue Heaven

Barney Coopersmith

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Little Giants

Danny O'Shea

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The Flintstones: The Movie

Barney Rubble

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys

Toy Taker / Mr. Cuddles the Teddy Bear (voice) (as Richard Moranis)

Starring In
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Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary

Bob McKenzie

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Brother Bear 2

Rutt (voice)

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Brother Bear

Rutt (voice)

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Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids

Holley (voice)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys

Toy Taker / Mr. Cuddles the Teddy Bear (voice) (as Richard Moranis)

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Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

Wayne Szalinski

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Big Bully

David Leary

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Little Giants

Danny O'Shea

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The Flintstones

Barney Rubble

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The Flintstones: The Movie

Barney Rubble

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Splitting Heirs

Henry Bullock

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Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

Wayne Szalinski

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L.A. Story

Gravedigger (uncredited)

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My Blue Heaven

Barney Coopersmith

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The Earth Day Special

Vic's Buddy

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Parenthood

Nathan Huffner

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Wayne Szalinski

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Ghostbusters II

Louis Tully

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Spaceballs

Dark Helmet

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Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour Krelborn

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Club Paradise

Barry Nye

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Brewster's Millions

Morty King

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The Last Polka

Linsk Minyk

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Streets of Fire

Billy Fish

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Ghostbusters

Louis Tully

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The Wild Life

Harry

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Hockey Night

Willy Leipert

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Strange Brew

Bob McKenzie

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