'Ghostbusters' actor Rick Moranis punched by a stranger in unprovoked attack in NYC

Suzy Byrne
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
·3 mins read

Rick Moranis — star of film franchises including Ghostbusters and Honey I Shrunk the Kids — was assaulted by a stranger in New York City on Thursday.

His spokesperson says in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment: “Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday. He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”

The NYPD Crime Stoppers announced a reward for information on his attacker, a man in a “I Love New York” sweatshirt, who was caught on surveillance cameras randomly punching the 67-year-old actor near his Manhattan home at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. As Moranis was knocked to the ground, the unidentified man continued to casually walk down the street.

According to multiple local news reports, Moranis went to a hospital following the incident for pain in his right hip, head and back. After, he went to the 20th Precinct and reported the assault, reportedly saying his attacker hit him with a closed fist. Police released the surveillance video Friday showing the attack on the beloved Canadian actor, who is 5-foot-6.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12:  Rick Moranis attends the opening night of 'In & Of Itself' at the Daryl Roth Theatre on April 12, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
Rick Moranis is the victim in unprovoked attack caught on camera. (Photo: Walter McBride/WireImage)
(Screenshot: NYPD Crime Stoppers)
(Screenshot: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

Surveillance video released Friday by police shows Moranis dropping to the ground as the suspect calmly walks away. Tips are to be made to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Or on their website or via Twitter, @NYPDTips.

Needless to say, people have been upset about the news, including Captain America actor Chris Evans, who said his “blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis.”

And Ryan Reynolds, who recently appeared alongside Moranis in a commercial for Mint Mobile, also expressed concern.

Moranis, known for his comedic acting, has appeared in tons of hit movies beyond the Ghostbusters and Honey I Shrunk films, including Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Parenthood and The Flintstones.

His wife Ann Belsky died in 1991 and he stepped back from making films in the late ‘90s to focus on raising their children as a single parent. His last big film role was in 1997 in the direct-to-video sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. It was reported earlier this year that Moranis will be reprising the franchise alongside Josh Gad in a movie titled Shrunk.

The attack is reminiscent of a 2017 trend called the “knockout game,” in which an attacker or a group of attackers randomly assault a stranger on the street. This has happened at other times during the pandemic this year in NYC, notably when a 92-year-old woman was randomly attacked in June.

Crime, in general, has been up in NYC during the pandemic.

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