Rick Ducommun, Star of ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dead at 62

Actor played Tom Hanks’ neighbor in Joe Dante’s cult classic and shut down the power grid in Bruce Willis’ action movie

Last Updated: June 18, 2015 @ 4:40 PM

Canadian actor and comedian Rick Ducommun has died at age 62, according to multiple media reports as well as director Joe Dante, who announced the sad news on Twitter.

Ducommun died on June 12 in Vancouver, where he was surrounded by family.

Ducommun starred alongside Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern in Dante’s black comedy “The ‘Burbs,” in which he played a motor-mouthed suburbanite who suspects his neighbor is a murderer. He also worked with Dante on “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.”

Ducommun co-starred alongside Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” and Fred Savage in “Little Monsters,” and played the chauffeur in Disney’s beloved kids movie “Blank Check.” The Canadian comic also appeared alongside Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” and “The Last Boy Scout.”

More recently, he played Anna Faris‘ father in “Scary Movie.”

Ducommun’s other credits include “Spaceballs,” “Encino Man” and “The Hunt for Red October.” On the small screen, he appeared on “NYPD Blue” and “Murphy Brown,” and did stand-up specials for HBO in 1989 and 1992.

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