There’s a Reason You Haven’t Seen Rick Moranis in a Movie Since 1997

During the ’80s and ’90s, comedic legend Rick Moranis appeared in plenty of Hollywood blockbusters, including Spaceballs, Ghostbusters I and II, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Little Shop of Horrors, Parenthood and The Flintstones.

But there’s a reason you haven’t seen him appear in a movie since 1997. No, the 62-year-old hasn’t retired.

In 1997, he took a hiatus from acting after his wife, Ann, died from breast cancer. Instead of losing himself in his career, he decided to focus on raising his two kids.

To make a living, he wrote and did voice work in Manhattan.

Today, he lives in an apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City. Now that his children are grown up, he’s not opposed to taking on a movie role, though he does happen to be quite picky about the ones he considers doing.

For example, he recently turned down a role to appear in the Ghostbusters reboot.

“I wish them well,” Moranis told The Hollywood Reporter. “I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”