Rick Ducommun Dies At 62; Joe Dante Pays Tribute To ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor

By Anshul Hardikar | 2 years ago
Rick Ducommun Dies At 62; Joe Dante Pays Tribute To ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor

Not many would know but Rick Ducommun was a pretty good comic actor and comedian. After having starred in movies like “Groundhog Day,” “Scary Movie,” and “Die Hard” comes news that the world of comedy has lost another star.

According to Daily Mail, the Canadian funny man passed away at a Vancouver hospital following diabetic problems at the age of 58. The comedian-actor’s most memorable role is said to be in “The Burbs” and “Groundhog Day.”

News of his demise came from friend and director Joe Dante who directed his movies “The Burbs” and “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” Joe made a public announcement on Twitter about the actor’s death. He also attached a photo of the actor in his character Art Weingartner from the movie “The Burbs” his most famous role till date.

Rick Ducommun’s own Twitter page too paid a tribute by posting a little message about the unfortunate news. The post read,”We are sad to say beloved comedian, actor, family man, and all around amazing guy Rick Ducommun has passed away. Laughing forever. #RIPRICK”.

Ducommun was also known as a tough competitor as he beat established actors like Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas in auditions for the role of Art Weingartner in the movie “The Burbs” alongside Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher.

Ducommun had started his career from small roles in several TV shows ranging from “Max Headroom” to “Moonlighting” in the mid 80’s. He then scored a regular role in the series “The Last Precinct” in 1986 but the series did not last for long. Later in his career, he had small roles in variety of movies like “Die Hard,” “Spaceballs” and “The Hunt for Red October.” His last on screen role is said to be in “Funky Monkey” before he moved to live comedy for good. Our sincere condolences with the family. May his soul rest in peace.

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Anshul studied Journalism and Broadcasting before venturing out in Online Media. He likes to read, write and travel when he is not working. He has been a full-time writer for MNG since May 2015.