Rick Moranis Guest-Starring on “The Goldbergs” Will Be Incredible

Matthew Loffhagen
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When I learned that Rick Moranis would be appearing as a guest star on “The Goldbergs”, I was absolutely floored.

Moranis is one of those legendary comic actors that makes headlines without even trying. Despite having retired well over a decade ago, he still turns heads periodically as people recall the highlights of his noteworthy career.

The story behind Moranis’ retirement is incredibly bittersweet. Initially, Moranis elected to take some time away from work to raise his kids and support his family following the untimely passing of his wife. As time went on, he’s said, he felt like he didn’t really miss acting, so he didn’t feel a need to return.

I can respect this; an actor finding that time with his family is more important than the accolades and praise that gets heaped upon his shoulders. I only wish more celebrities had the willpower and clarity of mind that Moranis has displayed.

Now, though, the acclaimed star is coming out of retirement for a guest spot on “The Goldbergs”, where he’ll be reprising one of his most iconic roles. Moranis will play Dark Helmet, his character from the Mel Brooks “Star Wars” parody “Spaceballs”.


I can’t imagine a better role to see Moranis re-inhabit, especially considering just how omnipresent “Star Wars” has become in the media landscape in recent years.

Whether this signals a return to the limelight for Moranis, or whether this is just a one-off reappearance for the sake of a bit of fun, I don’t care. This little taste of a classic actor in a famous role will be enough to whet my appetite for a while to come.

The Goldbergs and the Search for More Money

To be honest, I’m surprised “The Goldbergs” doesn’t enjoy more attention by this point. The show is by no means small, but considering its consistent quality, I’d have expected it to be a far bigger deal.

Perhaps Moranis’ appearance will help make this a reality – although “Goldbergs” creator Adam F. Goldberg seems more interested in using this as a proof-of-concept for a “Spaceballs” sequel.

Said Goldberg:

“I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any ‘80s movie as Dark Helmet. ’ve been a lifelong fan of his work and became obsessed with having him reprise the role on my show. As an added bonus, maybe this even gets ‘Spaceballs’ back in the conversation, and I can get my dream of helping make a sequel!”

Hey, if that works out, I’m willing to take a very real “Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money” – so long as there are plenty of opportunities for merchandizing. Maybe Elon Musk can sell some branded flamethrowers?

Either way, I hope that Moranis doesn’t feel too pressured to return to center stage. Perhaps now, years after his initial departure, he feels that it’s finally time to start acting again. Personally, though, I’ll be perfectly happy if this is a one-off special occasion.

A little bit of Dark Helmet can go a long way.