'Ghostbusters' Rick Moranis Quit Acting To Be A Stay-At-Home Dad After Wife Succumbed To Cancer

Date October 21, 2019

Rick Moranis was a shooting star in Hollywood and his stellar performances in Ghostbusters, Spaceballs and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids earned him worldwide acclaim. But at the height of his fame and fortune, Rick suffered a personal loss when his wife Ann Belsky succumbed to breast cancer in 1997.

'Ghostbusters' Rick Moranis Quit Acting To Be A Stay-At-Home Dad After Wife Succumbed To CancerGetty Images / Ideal Image

Celebrities have different ways of dealing with tragedy and Rick made the decision to step away from the silver screen.

Rick Moranis quit acting to be a stay-at-home dad

Rick’s decision to walk away from fame was influenced by the realization that he was left as the sole parent to their two kids, Rachel, and Mitchell.

Speaking to USA TODAY, Rick revealed that after realizing that acting would take away all his time and energy, he went on a break to be the best dad he could to his little angels.

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.

In turning down roles in various films, Rick was selfless as he decided not to be the β€˜dad that is always working,’ but one that will always be there for his kids.

What started as a little break from work slowly became a lifetime, but also a great opportunity to bond with his little ones. His dream as a parent was to make a home where kids would feel wanted, loved, and most of all belong.

He turned down β€˜Ghostbusters’ reboot and has no regrets

While he remains a comedy legend, 66-year-old Rick Moranis has no regrets he ever quit Hollywood. The actor proved his resolve when he turned down an illustrious offer to appear on the all-female Ghostbusters reboot.

His reason was that the film did not quite pique his interest. As he continues with his acting hiatus, we hope this amazing dad will return to the camera, at least one more time.