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Rick Moranis, where have you been?

Moranis with Dave Thomas on "Saturday Night Live" in 1983, and Moranis in 2004. (NBC, Jamie McCarthy/WireImage …

He's famous for being in "The Ghostbusters," but now it's like he's a ghost himself.

Canadian actor Rick Moranis has been out of the limelight for several years, but we needed Reddit to remind us of that this morning. So, the question is: where has he been?

Moranis first shot to fame in '80s on "Second City Television," creating characters like Bob and Doug McKenzie with co-star Dave Thomas. After then starring in hit movies like "Ghostbusters," "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," the now 59-year-old Toronto native has, in fact, retired from the acting business.

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"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," Moranis told USA Today in 2005. (His wife, Anne Belsky, died in 1991.) "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."

The last film he appeared in (before nine years of voice work) was 1997's "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves," a direct-to-video release.

"On the last couple of movies I made -- big-budget Hollywood movies -- I really missed being able to create my own material," Moranis told Sound & Vision in 2004. "In the early movies I did, I was brought in to basically rewrite my stuff, whether it was 'Ghostbusters' or 'Spaceballs.' By the time I got to the point where I was 'starring' in movies, and I had executives telling me what lines to say, that wasn't for me. I'm really not an actor."

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In 2004, Moranis reportedly became a member of the Advisory Committe on the comedy program of Toronto's Humber College. A year later, he released a comedic country album called "The Agoraphobic Cowboy," which was nominated for the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2006.

"There's no grand design at all behind this, no attempt to start a career or reinvent a career or … or kill a career," he told ABC at the time. "I mean, whatever happens, happens because it's just been fun."

In 2007, Moranis reunited with Thomas to shoot new footage of their "Great White North" characters Bob and Doug McKenzie for a 24th anniversary special. Thomas followed this up by creating, "Bob & Doug," an animated series, with Dave Coulier stepping in to do the voice of Bob. Thomas told the Toronto Star that he didn't want Moranis to be excluded, but his old partner reportedly said, "I would love to be excluded. I just don't want to do it, you know?"

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As for whether Moranis will come out of retirement for the upcoming "Ghostbusters 3," don't count on it.

"Rick won't do it. Rick has retired from show business," Harold Ramis, who played Egon, told Student Life in 2009.

And Moranis seemed to back this up when he spoke to USA Today eight years ago.

"In the last few years I've been offered a number of parts in movies, and I've just turned them down," he said. "I don't know whether I'll go back to it or not."