Frederick Allan 'Rick' Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a retired Canadian actor and writer. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City Television, and later appeared in several Hollywood films including Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Little Giants, Parenthood, The Flintstones, My Blue Heaven and Brother Bear. He is the widower of his only wife, Anne Moranis. Moranis was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish parents and went to high school at the Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School. He went to elementary school with Geddy Lee, frontman of the rock band Rush. His career as an entertainer began as a radio disc jockey in the mid-1970s, using the on-air name of 'Rick Allan' at three Toronto radio stations. In 1980, Moranis was persuaded to join the third-season cast of Second City Television (SCTV) by friend and SCTV writer/performer Dave Thomas.
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