Arrest over attack on actor Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis (pictured in 1994) was knocked to the ground in Central Park on October 1.
Rick Moranis (pictured in 1994) was knocked to the ground in Central Park on October 1.

A New York man has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked assault against Rick Moranis that occurred as 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.

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.

Police did not 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".

Australian Associated Press