New York City is one of the worst places to live in America, especially due to the recent failures of city leadership officials.
Every day we hear about someone being randomly attacked without any provocation.
It’s just become the accepted normal unfortunately.
It’s still easy to sympathize with an innocent victim who is attacked, but when the victim is someone in the public eye, the attack just seems to become more real.
Even if we as Americans don’t personally know that person, we know enough about them to increase our empathy.
That’s the case in this most recent attack that occurred Thursday morning near Central Park West.
Video was just released of a man sucker punching an innocent passer-by in broad daylight.
The victim turned out to be former actor Rick Moranis, a man who quit acting years ago to take care of his kids after his wife passed away of cancer.
This one hurts in the feels…
CBS New York has the details of this random act of violence:
The NYPD confirms Rick Moranis was randomly attacked by a stranger Thursday on the Upper West Side.
Police said it happened in broad daylight just before 7:30 a.m. on Central Park West near 70th Street.
Surveillance cameras captured the attack on the 67-year-old “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Ghostbusters” actor.
Video shows the suspect walk up and punch Moranis in the head, knocking him to the ground.
The actor has been off the big screen for years to focus on his children after his wife’s passing, but recently appeared in a Mint Mobile commercial with Ryan Reynolds.
Police said he went to the hospital with pain in his head, back and hip. He later walked to the precinct to report the crime.
NY Daily News has more:
“Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday," said his agent Troy Bailey. "He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”
But the random attack incensed “Captain America” star Chris Evans, who urged his Twitter followers to find the un-American suspect.
“My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis," he tweeted Friday morning.
The 5-foot-6 Canadian actor appeared in a number of iconic comedies in the 1980s and 1990s, including “Ghostbusters," “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Spaceballs."
He debuted on the big screen in 1983 in “Strange Brew," where he and fellow Canadian comedian and Second City TV alum Dave Thomas portrayed Bob and Doug McKenzie, two beer-drinking brothers commenting on life north of the border. The act became a cultural phenomenon.
Following the 1997 sequel “Honey We Shrunk Ourselves,” Moranis took a long hiatus from movies after the death of his wife, Ann Belsky, who succumbed to breast cancer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The attack has sparked outrage from social media, fans, and a number of Hollywood actors.
Police are still searching for the suspect.
They released a photo which can be seen below.