It is a known fact that Rick Moranis had his foretaste of success in the 1980s when he played a lead role in Second City Television – a known Canadian Sketch Comedy Series. He was cast along with his friend Thomas Dave as one of the ‘McKenzie Brothers’ and their humorous portrayal of the stereotypical Canadian men earned them a lot of popularity with both Canadian and American audiences.
The actor, musician, songwriter, comedian, producer, and screenwriter took advantage of his newly achieved fame and subsequently, he started getting several leading roles in Hollywood comic films. He created a niche for himself in the industry through films like Parenthood, Ghostbusters, Flintstones, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. As a voice artist, he has lent his voice to several notable Disney characters. And as a singer, he has songs like The Agoraphobic Cowboy, You, Me, the Music and Me, My Mother’s Brisket and many more.
His given name is Fredrick Allan Moranis, he was born on the 18th day of April 1954 in Toronto Ontario Canada. Currently, there is a deficit of relevant information on his family background but records have it that his family is Jewish and his grandparents (paternal) named Lena and Jacob Moranis went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Russian-Jewish immigrants and later moved on to Canada. Rick’s mom is of Jewish and Polish ancestry.
A scrutiny of his educational background revealed that he achieved his early education at an elementary school in Canada along with the frontman of the Rock Band Rush named Geddy Lee. Both Rick and Geddy Lee proceeded to Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School for further education.
Wife And Kids
Rich has a record of just a single marriage, he tied the marital knot with Ann Belsky, a costume designer in 1986. Their union which lasted for over four years produced two kids before Ann lost the battle to breast cancer in 1991. It was glaringly obvious that the Hollywood actor would do anything for his wife because he was set to portray the character of Phil in City Slickers in 1991 but took the decision to pull out before the commencement of filming due to his wife’s terminal illness. Rick was replaced by Daniel Stern at the last moment.
The actor cum musician has been very private in matters concerning his children. He is so protective of them that he had to forfeit his lucrative career in the entertainment industry to personally take care of them after his wife’s death. Rick Moranis guards even the names of his kids jealously and he won’t let anything slip out in an interview.
What Happened To Rick Moranis?
After the demise of his wife in 1991, Rick Moranis found it difficult to combine the job of being a single parent with his acting career which often called for extensive traveling and long absence from home, so, he made the conscious decision to take a little break from active entertainment. It so happened that the planned brief hiatus turned into a long one and he suddenly realized that he didn’t even miss it. According to the actor with the short stature and ever-present large glasses, he has not completely retired from active acting, he’s just somewhat selective about the roles he will accept in the future.
Rick Moranis surfaced in 2017 at the reprisal of his Bob and Doug character with his co-star Dave Thomas. The proceeds of that reprisal which took place at a benefit concert staged in Toronto was to be utilized for the care and upkeep of Thomas’ nephew Jake Thomas who is paralyzed from the waist down due to an injury he sustained to the spinal cord. May 2018 saw the celeb actor’s return to The Goldbergs, playing the role of Dark Helmet, though it was just a voice over. Also in May 2018, it was announced that he will be part of Second City TV (SCTV) reunion documentary directed by Martin Scorsese. The show is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2019.
Although he was absent from the entertainment industry for a very long time, Rick Moranis still managed to accumulate a healthy net worth of $10 million. His wealth came mainly from his acting career but his spell as a singer added to his already affluent net worth. We have cause to believe that this is not the last we would hear of the famous actor and singer since he is gradually coming back into the entertainment industry after his long hiatus. Perhaps, the next review for his net worth is likely to show some enhancement.