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Actor Rick Moranis sucker punched while walking in NYC

YORK (AP) — Actor Rick Moranis was sucker punched by an unknown
assailant while walking Thursday on a sidewalk near New York’s Central
Park, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

video shows a man wearing a black “I (heart) NY” sweatshirt and a
backpack hitting the 67-year-old “Ghostbusters” star and knocking him to
the ground around 7:24 a.m. Thursday.

The attack happened just a few blocks from the Central Park West apartment building where Moranis’ character lived in the movie.

took himself to the hospital and later went to a police station to
report the incident, according to the official, who was not authorized
to speak publicly about the incident and did so on condition of

Moranis’ representative Troy Bailey said in a written
statement Friday: “Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side
yesterday. He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well

Police released surveillance video of the assault in
seeking the public’s help to find the attacker, but did not say Moranis
was the victim because of privacy concerns. Police describe the incident
as a “random unprovoked assault.”

Moranis was attacked while
walking south on Central Park West. The assailant fled northbound.
Moranis suffered back, hip, neck and head pain, though the full extent
of his injuries was not clear, the official said.

Moranis shot to
fame in the 1980s as a star of the sketch comedy series “Second City
Television,” before landing roles in blockbuster movies like
“Ghostbusters,” “Spaceballs” and “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” He put
acting aside in the last 1990s to focus on raising his children, but has
made occasional appearances since.