Suspect arrested in attack on actor Rick Moranis in New York City

A New York man has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked assault against Rick Moranis that occurred after the 67-year-old actor was walking near Central Park in October. New York City police said 35-year-old Marquis Ventura, whom authorities listed as homeless, was arrested on Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t known […]

A New York man has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked assault against Rick Moranis that occurred after the 67-year-old actor was walking near Central Park in October.

New York City police said 35-year-old Marquis Ventura, whom authorities listed as homeless, was arrested on Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t known if Ventura had retained a lawyer who could comment.

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Moranis, known for his work in the 1980s sketch comedy series Second City Television and roles in movies such as Ghostbusters, Spaceballs and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, was walking on a footpath near Central Park on the morning of October 1 when he was attacked.

Video released by police showed a man wearing a black “I (heart) NY” sweatshirt hit Moranis with a sucker punch and knock him to the ground.

Rick Moranis

Police didn’t identify Moranis at the time, but Moranis’s representative, Troy Bailey, confirmed the actor had been attacked. Police characterised it as a “random, unprovoked assault.”

Moranis shot to fame in the 1980s but put acting aside in the late 1990s to focus on raising his children, but has made the occasional TV and film appearance.

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