Rick Moranis

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Frederick Allan Moranis was born on April 18, 1953, to Jewish parents, in Toronto, Ontario. He attended elementary school with the famous front man of, ‘Rush’, Geddy Lee. He completed his high school degree from Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School. He was still in high school when he began his career in entertainer by becoming a disc jockey in 1970s.

His breakthrough came when he joined ‘Second City Television’ in 1980 and became the only member who was not a part of the ‘Second City’ troupe. He grew popular both in Canada and the US with his impersonations of Woody Allen, David Brinkley and George Carlin among others.

It was during this time that Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas fashioned a sketch, ‘The Great White North’ showcasing the characters of ‘Bob and Doug Mckenzie’ who were a representation of two very typical Canadian men. The sketch was such a phenomenal hit that when ‘Second City Television’ started its fourth season and moved to the US, the two were asked to perform in each show. The success of ‘Bob and Doug’ led to ‘Great White North’ which earned a nomination at the Grammy Awards. The duo also played the lead in their movie, “Strange Brew” (1983) which they directed and wrote themselves.

In 1984, he was approached to play a serious role in the movie, “Streets of Fire” but according to Morani it was not something he enjoyed doing. Hence he returned to comic movies and did “Ghostbusters” in 1984 which was a colossal success and earned more than 200 million. By now Rick Moranis had established himself as an exceptional comic actor and his film career was flourishing. He appeared in movies like, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Spaceballs”. In 1989 he appeared in the movie, “Parenthood” which earned him an American Comedy Award for “Funniest Supporting Actor”. He was signed up for “City Slickers” in 1990 but he backed out of the project when his wife got diagnosed with liver cancer.

The last two big roles of his career were in “The Flintstones” (1994) in which he played ‘Barney ‘, which was a big hit at the box office and “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves”. He is famous for his voice-overs especially for animated movies like, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys” (1997) and “Brother Bear” (2003). Originally he was supposed to appear in “The Breakfast Club” but he was taken off the movie by John Hughes due to their difference of opinion regarding how the part should be played.

Sadly, Moranis quit his career from the film business in 1997; a decision which was hugely attributed to the death of his wife after which he began to lose his interest in acting. He devoted his time to raising his children however he did two voice overs in early 2000s. In 2005, he also released an album, “The Agoraphobic Cowboy” that mostly showcased country songs. The album earned itself a nomination at the Grammy Awards for “Best Album Comedy”. Moranis joined teams with Dave Thomas in 2007 to shoot a footage of “Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary” which led to the creation of “Bob & Doug” animated series for Animax Entertainment. In 2013, Rick Moranis announced that he would soon be releasing a new comic album titled, “My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs”, which came out in June 2013.

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