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Rick Moranis, a Canadian actor, rose to fame in the United States after playing Louis Tully, the neighbor of Sigourney Weaver's character, in the first 'Ghostbusters' film in 1984. He reprised his role in the second film in 1989.
He is also known for playing Seymour Krelborn in the musical film 'Little Shop of Horrors' in 1986 and for his role as Dark Helmet in the comedy 'Spaceballs,' a 1987 'Star Wars' parody by Mel Brooks. Also in 1989, Moranis played patriarch and quirky inventor Wayne Szalinski in the comedy 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids' and portrayed Nathan Huffner in the film 'Parenthood.'
He played Szalinski again in the sequel 'Honey, I Blew Up The Kid,' the clip 'Honey, I Shrunk The Audience,' which played at the film's ride at the Universal Studios theme parks in the 1990s and in a 1997 television movie 'Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
Moranis played Barney and John Goodman portrayed Fred in the 1994 comedy movie 'The Flintstones,' which was based on the hit cartoon and which helped launch the film career of Halle Berry, who appeared as sexy secretary Sharon Stone.
In the mid-1990s, Moranis stopped acting to concentrate on raising his son and daughter. His wife and their mother, Anne, had died in 1991 after battling liver cancer.
He continued to do voice work and voiced Rutt in Disney's animated films 'Brother Bear' and 'Brother Bear 2' in 2003 and 2006. In 2005, he released his debut album, 'The Agoraphobic Cowboy.'
The actor's last on-screen role was in 2007, when he reprised his character of Bob McKenzie in the documentary ' Bob and Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary.' He reunited with Dave Thomas, his co-star from 'Second City Television.' The two played the characters on the sketch comedy series during the early 1980s.
(Pictured: Rick Moranis appears as Louis Tully in the 1989 film 'Ghostbusters 2.' / Rick Moranis appears with Dave Thomas on the cover of the DVD of the 2007 documentary 'Bob and Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary.')
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