Update: November 15, 2020 9:50 a.m.
The Associated Press reports that the suspected man who punched “Ghostbusters” and “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” movie actor Rick Moranis, has been arrested.
NYPD says the alleged assailant has been identified as 35-year-old Marquis Ventura. Ventura is listed as homeless.
Police described the attack as unprovoked, and have not said what exact charges Ventura will face.
Original: October 2, 2020
By Claudia Dimuro
Rick Moranis, the actor known for “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Ghostbusters,” was punched in the head Thursday morning while he was walking on Central Park West in New York City. The NYPD has posted a video capturing the event, also noting there is currently a reward up to $2,500 for useful information aiding the arrest of the unidentified assailant.
Security camera footage shows the assailant stepping forward and punching Moranis with a closed fist. He then continues forward as Moranis falls to the ground, passing by the camera in a black “I (heart) NY” hoodie.
CBS Local reports that the attack occurred close to the actor’s home on the Upper West Side. Moranis then checked into a hospital with head, back, and hip pain. Sources say he’s now fully recovered, and grateful for all the well wishes and support.
Moranis became notable for his roles throughout the eighties and nineties as the hapless-yet-lovable nerd with a golden heart. Although “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Ghostbusters” are arguably his most recognizable works, Moranis also appeared in other iconic classics such as “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Parenthood.” The actor has virtually been absent from the movie industry for the past few decades. This came from the need to take care of his children after his wife’s passing in 1994.
The Internet has bonded together over the news of his assault, expressing outrage at the random attack. “My blood is boiling. Find this man,” tweeted Captain America himself, Chris Evans. “You don’t touch Rick Moranis.”
(c)2020 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Visit The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) at www.pennlive.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.