Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
Rick Moranis: Happy to be SAHD
Whatever happened to Rick Moranis? He became a stay-at-home dad. You know Moranis, the loveable drunk Canadian Bob McKenzie in the movie Strange Brew? No? Then maybe you know the nerd Louis in Ghostbusters, or Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, or Dark Helmet in Spaceballs, or the scientist dad in Honey I Shrunk the Kids or Nathan the anal Mensa dad in Parenthood.
It seems Moranis was ready to act in City Slickers when life intervened. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and she died in 1991, leaving Moranis to raise his two young children alone.
He continued with his film career for a couple more years, but then…
“It got to the point where I was doing a lot of pictures with kids – really nice kids, but not my kids. So, I was like, ‘You know what? I’m tired of talking to my kids from a hotel room. I’m going home.”
Moranis made a conscious decision to become a stay-at-home dad. His on-screen work tapered off and he began doing occasional voice jobs. Last year he released a country music CD with urban (or suburban?) comedic lyrics he wrote and sang The Agoraphobic Cowboy.
An article, Rick Moranis: Honey, I shrunk the career, by The Independent, has some nice quotes about parenting and Rick’s desire to live up to being the same caliber parent as his own mother was for him.