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Rick Moranis is Back! (Sort of)
by Tim Josephs

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Remember Rick Moranis? How could you not? He was only the biggest movie star of the 80s. Well, perhaps that's stretching it a little, but he was still a part of some of the best movies ever including GHOSTBUSTERS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SPACEBALLS, and PARENTHOOD, to name a few.

But the last movie he starred in (not including his voice), was 1996's BIG BULLY. So, where'd he go?

Well, it's a sad but ultimately heart-warming story.
Moranis' wife died of cancer in 1991 and he basically retired in 1997.

He had this to say about it: "I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it."

Essentially, he quit show business for his kids. Doesn't
that just seem like something we all would've expected from Wayne Szalinski?

But that doesn't mean Moranis stopped working. In addition to a bunch of animated films, he released an album in 2005 called The Agoraphobic Cowboy which was nominated for a Grammy in the Comedy category.

Now he's released his second album. This one's called My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs which is described as is an "eclectic blend of
klezmer, rumba, folk and jazz covering themes of family, food, religious traditions, more food, love, and dessert."

(A couple of song titles: "Live Blogging The Himel Family Bris," "Oy, The Mistakes I Made.")

Does this mean Rick Moranis has returned? That this will relaunch him back into show business? That we'll get him for another spate of films? Well, probably not.

But then again, you never know. If not, we'll always have the memories.

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Mike Thomas
May 21, 2013 1:55 AM
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I read somewhere he was going to do Broadway. Anyway, thanks for the memory.

Jun 2, 2013 1:14 AM
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As Dark Helmet he was at the top of his game. I hope he does return.

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Tim Josephs
Born to write (literally much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.

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