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‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' Star Sucker Punched By Stranger Near Central Park: Police

A representative for Rick Moranis said the actor is "fine but grateful for everyone's thoughts and well wishes"

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Rick Moranis, star of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," was attacked by an unknown assailant near New York City's Central Park on Thursday, police said.

The 67-year-old actor and comedian had just gotten back from a morning walk and was standing outside his Upper West Side building when the suspect, wthout saying a word, punched him in the head, knocking Moranis to the ground. The NYPD said the attacked occurred on Central Park West near W 70th Street around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

According to the NYPD, Moranis took himself to the hospital before later reporting the incident to police at the 20th Precinct. He suffered injuries to his head, back and hip, and is recovering at his home.

"[Rick Moranis] is fine but grateful for everyone's thoughts and well wishes," a representative for the actor said Friday.

Police released video of the assault on Twitter as well as a close-up surveillance image of the suspect, dressed in black and wearing an "I Love New York" hoodie. The NYPD called the assault "random" and "unprovoked."

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the suspect accused of punching actor and comedian Rick Moranis in an early-morning assault near Central Park on Thursday.

Moranis recently caught attention for making a return to on-camera work, appearing in a commercial for Mint Mobile alongside fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds.

The "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" star left Hollywood more than 20 years ago so he could focus on raising his two children as a single father.

The NYPD's new Community Affairs Rapid Response Team visited Moranis at his home after the incident. The newly formed group checks on victims on crimes in all five boroughs, and offers assistance.

The team said Moranis had one request: "He just wants us to catch the bad guy all this to go away," said Det. Kaz Daughtry.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to contact police.

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