Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis


4/18/1953, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Frederick Alan Moranis


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24 votes


Rick Moranis was born on April 18, 1953 as Frederick Alan Moranis in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He is best remembered as an actor on the television show SCTV where he enjoyed great success portraying Bob McKenzie alongside his brother Doug on "The Great White North." He is…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rick Moranis played Barney Rubble in the 1994 movie The Flintstones.

    • Rick Moranis currently lives in New York City, and runs his own production company.

    • Rick Moranis was on the cover of the first issue of Disney Adventures in 1990.

    • Rick Moranis, along with Dave Thomas and Geddy Lee, created Take Off, a 1982 Billboard Top 40 hit.

    • Rick Moranis was originally cast in Daniel Stern's part in the movie City Slickers. However, Rick had to pull out when his wife became ill, eventually succumbing to cancer.

    • Rick Moranis went to school with Geddy Lee of the rock band Rush.

    • Rick Moranis' wife Anne died of cancer in 1991. They have two children together.

    • Rick Moranis is left-handed.

    • Rick Moranis was originally cast to play the janitor in The Breakfast Club but he later declined the role.

    • In 2005, Rick Moranis released a country album titled The Agoraphobic Cowboy.

    • Rick Moranis portrayed many celebrities on SCTV including David Brinkley, Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin, Woody Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, Al Waxman, George Carlin, Neil Young, Anson Williams, Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, Jim Bakker, Brent Musburger, Henry Moore, Phil Silvers, John Denver, and the voice of Gordon Lightfoot.

    • In the 1970s, Rick Moranis worked as a radio DJ. Using the name Rick Allen, he spun records at various Toronto radio stations including CFTR, CKFH, and CHUM-FM.

    • Rick Moranis is 5'4" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Rick: I always find it flattering when somebody recognizes me.

    • Rick Moranis: (About making movies) I pulled out of making movies in about '96 or '97. I'm a single parent 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.

    • Rick Moranis: (About making a country album) About a year ago, 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.

    • Rick Moranis: (About the kinds of movies he enjoyed making the most) On the last couple of movies I made — big-budget Hollywood movies — I really missed being able to create my own material. In the early movies I did, I was brought in to basically rewrite my stuff, whether it was Ghostbusters or Spaceballs. 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.

    • Rick Moranis: (About his time working on SCTV) First, let me say that I have nothing but fond memories of the show. I had a blast. I had to pinch myself in the morning. I could not believe I was working with those people. I couldn't believe I was getting paid to do that stuff. It was one of the great periods of my career for me, if not the best.

    • Rick Moranis: (About his time working on SCTV) I miss the kind of work we were able to do on SCTV because that was a unique time for all of us. We were young, we didn't have any other kinds of distractions. We were all in Edmonton, where there was pretty much nothing else to do but work, and going over schedule or budget was common.

    • Rick Moranis: (About the hit movie Strange Brew) There will always be another group of kids going to college, drinking beer, and discovering that movie. Many of them have never even heard of SCTV.

    • Rick Moranis: (On why he stopped making movies) Well, I took a sabbatical. I walked away from shooting movies because I couldn't handle the travel. I'm a single parent. I had young kids, and I found that keeping in touch with them from hotel rooms and airports wasn't working for me. So I stopped.

    • Rick Moranis: When we were producing the Great White North comedy album, my experience in radio told me I needed two singles in order to get enough airplay.

  • He's passing his prime!

    Don't get me wrong. Rick Moranis is a great actor and all, since his roles in Little Shop of Horrors and Honey I Shrunk The Kids made him big, but I believe he's too much for us all. I mean, at some times he can get annoying. Then again, maybe he's not that annoying. He should probably take on some new challenges in his acting career, like playing an antagonist. I could get tired of him eventually and see him get dumped into a dumpster, but I doubt that'll ever happen!moreless
  • first Rick Moranis review

    Rick Moranis is a talented actor, hes played in all 3 honey movies, spaceballs, little giants, big bully, and Brother Bear. Hes been in other movies but those are the ones I've seen.

    Honey Movies- he played Wayne Szalinski, inthe first one he invents a mechine that accendially shrinks his and the neighbors kids, in the second one it has a reverse effect and one if there kids is turned into a 20 foot giant ,and in the third and final one he accidentally shrinks himself, his wife, and the neighbors parents. Great movies

    Spaceballs- He played Dark helmet, it was a spoof of Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and Aliens. It was a really funny movie.

    The other movies he was in where great, hes a very funny actor.