Steve Buscemi hospitalized after accidental hit on Manhattan block – NBC New York

A second “Boardwalk Empire” actor was injured in a random attack in Manhattan, police sources say.

According to two NYPD sources, Steve Buscemi, 66, was in Kips Bay on Wednesday when a stranger approached him and punched the actor in the face. They said Buscemi was leaning against a wall and texting on his cellphone at the time of the attack around 12 p.m.

Paramedics responded to 3rd Avenue and East 28th Street, where they picked up Buscemi and took him to Bellevue Hospital. Police said the actor was treated for bruising, swelling and bleeding in his left eye.

The attacker has not yet been identified, but the NYPD released surveillance images of the alleged suspect in hopes of tracking him down.

Steve Buscemi attacker
The man wanted in the attack on actor Steve Buscemi. ()

“Steve Buscemi was attacked in mid-town Manhattan, another victim of random violence in the city,” the actor’s publicist said in a statement to NBC News. “He is doing well and is happy to hear everyone’s good wishes, although he is incredibly sad for everyone that this happened when I was also walking the streets of New York.”

Buscemi is known for his roles in the films “Fargo” and “Reservoir Dogs” and the current TV series “Miracle Workers”. He was last seen on screen in the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which ended its 12-season run in April.

Buscemi is the second actor from the popular HBO television show “Boardwalk Empire” to be attacked this spring. Michael Stuhlbarg was hit in the head by a rock while walking near Central Park on March 31.

A homeless man, later identified as 27-year-old Xavier Israel, was taken into custody; He is accused of assault and harassment. Israel is reportedly the same person who attacked a good Samaritan who gave him a coat in Manhattan more than two years ago.

Stuhlbarg is currently starring in “Patriots” on Broadway.

A “Boardwalk Empire” actor is recovering from a rock chip injury to the head he sustained while walking near Central Park on Sunday night, authorities said.