Anyone growing up in the 80s likely has vivid and fond memories of Rick Moranis' role as the hapless and self-deprecating Louis Tully in Ghostbusters, or perhaps as the dad in Honey I Shrunk the Kids or the fur-hatted Canadian funnyman from SCTV. But with speculation brewing about the ghostbusters reprising their roles in a new sequel, people have started to wonder, hey, what happened to Rick Moranis? A guy on the Internet even wrote a song about it:
The short answer is: he retired in 1997. He lost his wife, Anne, to liver cancer in 1991, and later said: "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."
He didn't completely retire from show business, though, as he released a country music album in 2005 called The Agoraphobic Cowboy. The lyrics to this track, "I Ain't Goin Nowhere," seem to reinforce the idea that he's the Canadian comedy equivalent of J.D. Salinger. (Speaking of which, Catcher in the Rye turns 60 tomorrow.)
Who else misses Moranis?