Then, in 1991, tragedy struck, and Moranis made a decision that would change his career forever.
After fives years of marriage, Rick’s wife Ann Belsky died of cancer, and he found himself “at home with a couple of little kids.” Unsatisfied with acting, Moranis decided to become a stay at home dad, opting to raise his children instead of pursuing Hollywood dreams.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Moranis said, “I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. My life is wonderful.”
Public attention returned to Moranis over the past year after it came out that he turned down the invitation to do a cameo in the upcoming remake of Ghostbusters, opportunities that former cast members like Ernie Hudson, Dan Akyroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Bill Murray all accepted.
Regarding the remake, he said, “I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”
Yet contrary to popular belief, Moranis isn’t officially retired. Represented by Bailey Brand Management, the comedian explains that while he started a hiatus circa 1997 (Moranis has done some voice acting since), we haven’t seen the last of him.
“I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role, and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it.”
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