Rick Moranis was randomly attacked by a stranger in New York City

Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, and other celebs have expressed their frustration over the assault

Rick Moranis was randomly attacked by a stranger in New York City 1

Rick Moranis, best known for his roles in Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, is recovering after being assaulted by a stranger in New York City.

According to the New York City Police Department, the random and unprovoked attack happened in broad daylight just before 7:30 a.m. on Central Park West near 70th Street.

Surveillance cameras captured the assault and in footage released by the police, the suspect ― ironically wearing an “I Love New York” hoodie ― walked up and hit the beloved 67-year-old actor in the head, knocking him to the ground. The attacker continued walking north after throwing the punch.

Police have not yet made any arrests and have asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Based on a tweet that comes with the surveillance footage, the NYPD is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. On Friday afternoon, a much clearer photo of the wanted male was released online.

Following the attack, Moranis went to the hospital with pain in his head, back and hip. He then walked to the precinct to report the crime.

“He’s doing well. He’s strong. He’s recovering. He has some injuries to his left side,” Det. Kaz Daughtry, part of NYPD’s new community affairs rapid response team, told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis.

“He just wants to stay home. He just wants to recover and he just wants peace of mind,” added Officer Jonadel Dorrejo.

A number of celebrities, including actors Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Gad, and Sam Witwer, as well as film and TV producer Adam F. Goldberg, took to social media to express their frustration over the attack.

On Friday, Moranis’ representative Troy Bailey said the actor is “fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”

Moranis rose to prominence in the 1980s as a member of the cast of Second City Television. He then became a household name after playing the role of Louis Tully in the 1984 blockbuster hit Ghostbusters. Since his wife’s death from cancer in 1991, Moranis has mostly kept a low profile to focus on raising his children. But in February, it was announced that Moranis — for the first time in more than two decades — would return to the big screen to reprise his iconic Honey, I Shrunk the Kids role of Wayne Szalinski in a sequel movie, tentatively titled Shrunk.

Sources: CBS2, The Hollywood Reporter
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