A rep for the 67-year-old comedy star said in a statement provided to Deadline that Moranis is “fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”
Moranis was taking an early-morning walk Thursday near his home (see video clip below) when he was struck on Central Park West near West 70th Street.
The New York Police Department said the assailant used a closed fist to punch Moranis. The video shows the attacker take a sudden step toward Moranis and delivering the punch before resuming his gait as his victim remained on the ground. The attacker was wearing black, including an “I Love NY” sweatshirt.
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Initial press reports said Moranis sought treatment at a local hospital for pain in his head, back and right hip before reporting the attack at a police station.
Moranis, whose many credits include Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Ghostbusters and Spaceballs, retreated from Hollywood more than 20 years ago after the death of his wife, Ann, to focus on raising their two children. His appearance in a recent commercial for Mint Mobile, alongside fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds, gained wide notice because of the actor’s long absence from the spotlight.
In the spot, Reynolds introduces Moranis by calling him someone “we’ve all gone too long without.” Moranis then self-deprecatingly jokes that he “really need(s) to get a phone.”
Entertainment figures reacted on Twitter with agitation to the reports about the attack. Chris Evans said his “blood is boiling” and Josh Gad said the “rage I am feeling right now is beyond words.”
James Woods joined in, for a change in accord with his fellow actors. “Finally! The one thing every American can agree on,” he tweeted, saying the attacker “should be boiled in oil alive.”
Here is the NYPD’s tweet and some reactions:
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: On 10/1, at 7:24 AM, a 67-year-old male victim was walking southbound on Central Park West in the vicinity of West 70th Street, when an unidentified male struck him in the head with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground. Have info? Call/DM @NYPDTips pic.twitter.com/ZvSUPjtVdp
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 2, 2020
My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis. https://t.co/VXBbTjdDwa
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 2, 2020
The rage I am feeling right now is beyond words. Who does this? What psychopath does something like this to a man in his 60’s. Speedy recovery my friend. 🙏🙏 https://t.co/u87CizhfHc
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 2, 2020
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 2, 2020