Groundhog Day actor Rick Ducommun has passed away, according to director Joe Dante who broke the news on his confirmed Twitter account in a tweet which read: “RIP Rick Ducommun.”
RIP Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015
The 58 year old Canadian actor, comedian and writer appeared in such films as Spaceballs, Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, Encino Man, Scary Movie, The Hunter for Red October, The Experts, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and of course, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.
No official cause of death has been released.
The once overweight comic dropped considerable weight back in the late 1980s before going on to tackle solid co-starring roles in both feature films as well as TV, according to his profile on IMDB.
At the start of his career in show business, he hosted his own children’s show, ZigZag. He eventually reached the television screen with the help of Alan Thicke — who, at the time, was hosting a Vancouver-based talk show.
Ducommun grew up the son of an entrepreneur. Having been raised on a farm, he eventually ran away from home at the young age of 14 and hitchhiked across the northern United States before returning to Canada at age 17.
On a dare, the young comedian attempted a stand-up comedy show at a Vancouver club and after doing quite well, was asked to come back. Subsequently, he began playing clubs across Canada before he eventually transitioned to the states where he began performing at clubs in Los Angeles and acting in sitcoms.
Back in April of 2013, he mocked the grim reaper in a tweet in which he wrote, “Nice try death”.
Still alive motherfuckers. Nice try death
— Rick Ducommun (@RickDucommun) April 18, 2013
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