Beloved actor Rick Moranis was savagely sucker-punched while walking in New York Thursday morning, ABC is reporting. Police are asking for the public’s help in catching the suspect.
In the now-viral video, the “Ghostbusters” star walks beneath some scaffolding around 8 a.m. near Central Park. A man wearing a black hoodie that reads “I (heart) NY” walks up, and without provocation, punches the 67-year-old in the face. The attacker then casually walks away. Police released a video of the attack and are soliciting tips to help identify the attacker.
Troy Bailey, the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” star’s agent, said Moranis was doing fine and recuperating.
“Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday,” Bailey said in a statement. “He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”
Moranis took a hiatus from acting in 1997 following the death of his wife to breast cancer in 1991, the BBC reported. He told the USA Today in 2005 that being a single parent and a full-time actor was too taxing. He decided to focus on raising his two children. Though, he hasn’t stayed out of the limelight. Moranis has done a handful of voice acting roles since.
In 2005, he was nominated for a Grammy for his country music album titled “The Agoraphobic Cowboy.”
Moranis excited fans recently, however, when he announced he would reprise his role in the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” series for an upcoming sequel. Currently titled “Shrunk,” Moranis will again play Wayne Szalinski, USA Today reported. Josh Gad will play his son, also an aspiring scientist. Joe Johnson, who directed the 1989 original is also returning to helm the follow up for Disney.
Twitter reacts to attack on Rick Moranis
Shortly after the New York Police Department released the video Friday of the attack on Rick Moranis, his name began to trend on Twitter. His fellow actors and celebrities quickly sent their concerns on the social media site.
Fans also shared their outrage over the attack.