WATCH : Actor Rick Moranis punched in the face by stranger near Central Park; agent says ‘he is fine’

Actor Rick Moranis was clocked in the face in a caught-on-camera attack steps away from his Upper West Side home, police and sources said.

The “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” star was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched Moranis with a closed fist, said sources.

Surveillance video released Friday by police shows Moranis dropping to the ground as the suspect calmly walks away.

The NYPD later put out a high-resolution photo of the masked suspect walking through the turnstiles in a subway station.

Moranis went to a nearby hospital to be treated for pain in his right hip, head and back. He then went to the 20th Precinct stationhouse and reported the assault, authorities said.

“Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday,” his agent Troy Bailey told the Daily News. “He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”

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.

NYPD Detective Kaz Daughtry and Officer Jonathan Dorrejo of the Community Affairs Rapid Response Team visited Moranis Friday afternoon, and told reporters he was doing well and resting from his injuries.

“He just wants us to catch the bad guy and all of this to go away,” said Daughtry, adding that Moranis wanted privacy.

Added Dorrejo: “He just wants to stay home, he just wants to recover and he just wants peace of mind.”

The quirky 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.”

In the first “Ghostbusters” movie, he played Louis Tully, a nebbishy neighbor with a crush on Sigourney Weaver’s character who later becomes possessed by a demon and morphs into the “Keymaster.”

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 the silver screen after his wife, Ann Belsky, died from breast cancer.

In 2006, he won a Grammy Award for his comedy album, “The Agoraphobic Cowboy.”

Moranis recently signed on for a remake of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and appeared in an ad for Mint Mobile with actor Ryan Reynolds, who is a part-owner of the mobile service company.

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