Shocked fans of Rick Moranis, the star of the Ghostbusters and Honey star, I Shrunk the Kids, flooded social media with messages of support after he was hit in the head by an unknown assailant this week.
The horrific attack, captured on surveillance camera, shows Moranis, 67, walking 5 feet 6 inches south on Central Park West near West 70th Street around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Suddenly an unknown man in an "I love NY" sweatshirt walking past the star hits him in the head and knocks Moranis to the ground.
Authorities said Moranis has recovered, but longtime fans have rushed to Twitter to share memes defending him and outraged about the incident.
Rick Moranis, 67, was walking on New York City's Upper West Side around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when he was attacked. The surveillance footage shows a stranger walking past him and abruptly punching Moranis in the head and knocking him to the ground (left and right).
The actor visited a local hospital with complaints of headache, back and right hip. Pictured: Moranis on the opening night of the Broadway play & # 39; In and Of Itself & # 39 ;, April 2017
& # 39; The attacker can (heart) NY. But I'd suggest the feeling afterward isn't mutual, ”one person wrote in response to an NYPD tweet.
"Let me find out who hit him," wrote another user. “This is my favorite childhood actor. The man made Ghostbusters. Honey, I've shrunk the kids! & # 39;
Calling the suspect "nasty" for the sucker, one fan said, "Rick Moranis stopped acting to care for his dying wife." The man is a cute guy. Plus LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, ”they wrote about the 1986 film.
A handful of people shared photos of the Marvel cast in Avengers: Endgame, comparing their anger to the final showdown.
Rick Moranis fans used social media to express their shock, outrage and disbelief over Thursday's unprovoked attack
Several users said Moranis was their favorite childhood actor in films like Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Twitter users; Bruh. Anyone who hit him is angry. Rick Moranis stopped acting to care for his dying wife. The man is a sweet man. Also KLEINER SHOR OF HORRORS
"You come for Rick Moranis, you come for all of us," tweeted one person.
"Twitter is trying to find the man who attacked Rick Moranis," added someone else.
In the midst of the controversial US presidential election, one person suggested that Morani's attack could unite the Liberals and Conservatives.
And others just sent good wishes and remembered some of their favorite childhood films.
"I hope Rick Moranis is fine," wrote one person. "And thank him for years of entertaining Ghostbusters, the Honey I … movies, and half of Bob & Doug."
A Twitter user wrote: "You are coming for Rick Moranis, you are coming for all of us" after the news of the unprovoked incident became known
This person shared a photo from the final battle scene in Avengers: Endgame and it was titled "Funniest Trying to Find the Man Who Attacked Rick Moranis".
One person suggested that the Moranis attack could unite the Liberals and Conservatives when there are elections on November 3rd
Some Twitter users took the opportunity to recall some of their favorite Moranis films, including Bob & Doug, Little Shop of Horrors, and others
Celebrities also tweeted their anger over the malicious attack and their good wishes to Moranis.
Ryan Reynolds, who starred in a commercial with Moranis earlier this year, wrote, "Should have known Rick isn't going through 2020. I'm glad to hear he's fine."
And Chris Evans tweeted, “My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don't touch Rick Moranis.
Celebrities like Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evens tweeted about their anger over the vicious attack and good wishes to Moranis
A group of NYPD officials visited the actor at his Upper West Side home and briefed reporters on his condition following the unprovoked attack.
& # 39; (Moranis) is fine. He is strong. He's recovering, ”said Detective Kaz Daughtry, one of six officers with the NYPD's new Community Affairs Rapid Response, who visited the actor at his home on Friday afternoon.
"He just wants us to catch the bad guy and make it all go away," said the officer.
"He has some injuries on his left side," said Daughtry, explaining that Moranis "has some pain in the left side of his leg".
"At this moment (Moranis) just wants to stay home, he just wants to relax, and he just wants, you know, peace of mind, and as soon as he gets better he'll go out and do his daily chores that he usually does" added Officer Jonadel Dorrejo.
NYPD did not reveal the victim as a Moranis in the tweet, but law enforcement later confirmed the identity.
Crime like murder is up 40 percent and burglary is up 38 percent in New York City compared to the same period last year when residents moved out amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYPD is offering a $ 2,500 award for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect (pictured) who fled the scene on foot
After the attack, Moranis visited a local hospital where he reported pain in his head, back and right hip. However, the extent of his injuries is unknown.
The actor then reported the incident Police officers in the 20th district.
The suspect, wearing a dark "I (love) NY" sweatshirt, black pants and trainers, fled the scene on foot and had not yet been arrested.
The NYPD announced on Twitter that it was offering a reward of up to $ 2,500 for arresting the attacker.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Confidential tips can also be submitted online or via Twitter by sending a message to @NYPDTips.
According to new NYPD statistics, some crimes have increased while others have decreased year over year.
In the first nine months of 2020, homicide increased 40 percent, compared to the first nine months of 2019 with 344 murders compared to 246.
Burglary and Grand Larceny Auto are also up 38 percent and 404 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2019.
However, other crimes such as rape, assault, and robbery are down about 33 percent, 115 percent and 149 percent, respectively, from a year earlier, data show.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Moranis made his big break when he appeared in the 1983 film Strange Brew.
He then appeared in a number of commercially successful films, including Ghostbusters 1984, Spaceballs 1987, and two films in 1989, Ghostbusters II and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
The original Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was so successful that Moranis returned in 1992 for the sequel Honey, I Blow Up The Kid.
He ended the trilogy in 1997 with the sequel to Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, which was his last role on camera before his break.
Moranis has since largely gone from the spotlight and has only spoken for a few animated projects, including the 2003 film Brother Bear and the TV series The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie.
He said he made the decision to retire to focus on single parenting to his children Rachel and Mitchell after losing his wife, costume designer Ann Belsky, to breast cancer in February 1991.
He told USA Today, “As a single parent, I and I found it just too difficult to raise my children and do the trips that go with filmmaking.
“So I took a little break. And the little pause turned into a longer pause, and then I realized that I really didn't miss her. & # 39;
Moranis said he took a break from acting to focus on being a single father after his wife died in 1991. Image: Moranis in an interview for Disney +
The premise of the sequel Shrunk concerns the now grown-up son of Moranis' character who accidentally shrinks his own children. Pictured: Moranis in an unknown location, May 1994
In February 2020, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Moranis would repeat his role as Wayne Szalinski in Shrunk, a new sequel to the Honey series, I Shrunk the Kids.
It is the first live-action film in which the actor has starred in 23 years.
The premise of the film revolves around Szalinski's grown-up son, played by Frozen star Josh Gad, who repeats the same mistake of shrinking his own children.
In a clip for Disney + (via Entertainment Weekly), Moranis praised the director of the original film, Joe Johnston.
& # 39; He had the vision of it in mind. And in that movie, I was really an actor, ”he said.
"I think I drove him crazy a couple of times to do more comedy because I was always looking for ways to disrupt and make more jokes, and poor Joe just wanted to do his movie."
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