The sad news broke today that the world of comedy has lost another star after hearing that Canadian funny-man Rick Ducommun has passed away at the age of 62 from unknown causes.
News of the actor's death was spread partly through social media after director Joe Dante tweeted his condolences. Dante had worked with the actor in his films The 'Burbs and Gremlins 2: The New Batch in the late '80s/early '90s.
Ducommun rose to prominence in the '80s as a comedian, writer and actor when he starred in the children's TV series Zig Zag, followed by roles in the shows Rock 'N' America, Brothers, Slickers, Amazing Stories and The Last Precinct.
In 1989 Ducommun made one of his most famous appearances in the comedy movie The 'Burbs, starring alongside Tom Hanks as eccentric neighbor Art Weingartner. Following The 'Burbs, Ducommun starred in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day, and also Ghost in the Machine.
Readers may also remember him for his portrayal of Henry in the 1993 kid-comedy Blank Check, particularly for this funny scene (above) when he tries to describe the origins of several bizarre English phrases.
Throughout the '90s the comedian starred in various TV series and movies including Jury Duty, Murphy Brown, Final Voyage and Shasta McNasty.
In 2000 many readers will remember Rick as having played the role of Cindy's dad in the spoof comedy Scary Movie. The role was small but funny, playing completely to the actor's strengths.
Ducommun continued to act through the early 2000s in films such as Harvard Man, Like Mike, Pauly Shore Is Dead and Back by Midnight, before making his last appearance as Father Rick in the 2004 comedy Funky Monkey.
We send our condolences to his family and friends at this time.