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.

Photo of Rick Moranis as the character Bob McKenzie in the movie Strange BrewHe 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.

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5 Responses to “Rick Moranis: Happy to be SAHD”

  1. Ed says:

    I’ve always wondered what happened to Rick Moranis. Thank you for posting this bit about him. I found the link to his alternative country album entertaining. The sound clips are a riot. Will have to get that one for sure. Thanx once again.

    May 16th, 2006 at 10:35 am

  2. thordora says:

    Wow. I’m canadian and I didn’t know that. That’s awesome. I wish my Dad had of been able to do that for me when my mom died.

    May 17th, 2006 at 9:35 am

  3. Carissa says:

    I have loved Rick Moranis since i was like 8 yrs old!!!
    Anyone know of a fan address where I can write to him???

    September 5th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

  4. britney says:

    I love Bob Makenzie!
    I caught the last little bit of SPACE BALLS on tv the other night and it reminded me of how hilarious he is. I had no idea he was a widower! That is soo sad!

    February 2nd, 2008 at 10:26 pm

  5. Jenna says:

    I LOVE the movies Spaceballs, little Shop Of Horrors, Honey I Shrunk The Kids movies and Bob and Doug Makenzie! Rick is sooooooooo funny! Too bad he quit but I see his reason. I mean like, to be an only parent and with two little ones thats hard for them to lose both. Now I love his CD.

    February 7th, 2009 at 11:27 am

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