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Whatever Happened to Rick Moranis?

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An icon of ’80s comedy, why did Rick Moranis disappear from the public eye?

For many young people today, even the dedicated movie lovers among them, the name “Rick Moranis” may not ring a bell.

After rising to prominence in the 1980s with notable roles in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (1984/89), Spaceballs (1987), and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (c. 1989), Moranis established himself among the likes of John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, and Bill Murray in terms of the comedy greats of the time.

With his unmistakable face and unmatched ability to play the scrawny, neurotic sidekick (or overzealous dad), Rick Moranis was the face of an era in Hollywood — until he suddenly disappeared from the limelight.

While rumors of Rick’s retirement or even death have abounded for nearly two decades, the real reason about why the comedian left acting is simultaneously more tragic and heartwarming than you may have imagined.

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Born in Toronto in 1953, Moranis started his entertainment career as a radio DJ in the 1970s before joining Second City Television in spite of having no Second City stage background.

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The enormous popularity of Moranis’s Great White North sketch along with fellow cast member Dave Thomas landed him his first movie role in 1983’s Strange Brew.

As Moranis’s fame grew, he became the darling of Hollywood comedy, landing starring roles in action comedies Ghostbusters and Spaceballs.

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While Moranis went on to star in major films like Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors, the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise and 1994’s The Flintstones, he wasn’t entirely happy with his newfound fame.

In 2004, he said, “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.”