‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Burbs’ Actor Rick Ducommun Dies At 62

‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Burbs’ Actor Rick Ducommun Dies At 62
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Comedy actor Rick Ducommun, widely known for his role as Tom Hanks’ prankster neighbor Art Weingartner in Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs (1989), passed away on June 12. He was 62.


He died after suffering from “serious complication from diabetes,” his wife Leslie Ducommun said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ducommun is remembered for his performances in films such as “Die Hard” (1988), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Scary Movie” (2000).

Dante, the director of “The ‘Burbs” and “Gremlins 2: The New Batch, publicly announced Ducommun’s death on Wednesday.

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Dante posted an RIP message along with old photographs on Twitter.

He later added, “Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad-libbed.”

According to Daily Mail, Ducommun starred in small roles in television shows – including “Max Headroom” and “Moonlighting” – during the 1980s. In 1986, he landed a role as Officer “Raid” Raider in the comedy series “The Last Precinct,” created by Stephen J. Cannell. Ducommun also featured in shows like “NYPD Blue” and “Murphy Brown.”

Canadian actor Alan Thicke first saw Ducommun in the 1980s children’s show “Zig Zag.” Thicke, who was the host of a talk show in Vancouver, brought Ducommun to Hollywood.

Ducommun also played the role of Anna Faris’ father in Keenen Ivory Wayans’ “Scary Movie,” and made a guest appearance in “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom in the 1990s.

In “The ‘Burbs,” Ducommun – playing Art Weingartner who, with Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks), tries to decipher the mystery surrounding Peterson’s next door neighbors – starred opposite the likes of Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, and Carrie Fisher.

Ducommun had landed the part of Hanks’ neighbor ahead of Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis.

Ducommun also acted in films like “Spaceballs” (1987), “Little Monsters” (1989), “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “Encino Man” (1992), “Class Act” (1992), “Loaded Weapon 1” (1993), “Last Action Hero” (1993), “Ghost in the Machine” (1993), “Blank Check” (1994), “MVP: Most Valuable Primate” (2000) and “Pauly Shore Is Dead” (2003).

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