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"Bruce Willis: Unmasking the Silent Struggle with Dementia in Moonlighting"

“Bruce Willis: Unmasking the Silent Struggle with Dementia in Moonlighting”

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Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator of the beloved 1980s dramedy “Moonlighting,” recently spoke out about the show’s streaming debut and shared heartfelt sentiments regarding its star, Bruce Willis. Caron confirmed that he had the opportunity to inform Willis about the show’s availability on Hulu, despite the actor’s ongoing struggle with frontotemporal dementia (FTP) diagnosis.

Moonlighting” served as Bruce Willis’ breakout role, with the Emmy-nominated series running for five seasons and 67 episodes. In the show, Willis portrayed a wisecracking detective who teams up with a former fashion model, played by Cybill Shepherd, to solve crimes. As the show’s popularity resurfaces thanks to its availability on Hulu, Caron expressed his understanding of Willis’ happiness about the revival, even though the actor could not directly communicate his feelings.

Caron revealed, “When I got to spend time with him we talked about it and I know he’s excited…The process to get ‘Moonlighting‘ on to Hulu has taken quite a while and Bruce’s disease is a progressive disease, so I was able to communicate with him…about hoping to get the show back in front of people. I know it means a lot to him.”

A Silent Struggle

Caron also provided an update on Willis’ health, sharing the devastating impact that frontotemporal dementia has had on the actor’s life. He described Willis as someone who cherished life and approached each day with boundless enthusiasm, but the disease has robbed him of his joie de vivre. Caron mentioned that during his visits, Willis shows brief moments of recognition, but his ability to communicate verbally and engage in activities like reading have been lost.

Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, appeared on “Today” last month to shed light on her husband’s condition and raise awareness of frontotemporal dementia. She acknowledged the difficulties faced by both the person diagnosed and their family, emphasizing that the impact of the disease is profound. When asked if Bruce is aware of what is happening, Heming Willis replied, “It’s hard to know.”

The Power of Joy

Despite the heartbreaking situation, Heming Willis shared that it is important to focus on the positive aspects of their lives and find joy amidst the grief. She expressed that Bruce would want them to embrace happiness and celebrate the beauty that surrounds them.

Editorial: Navigating the Challenges of Dementia

Frontotemporal dementia is a devastating condition that affects individuals and their loved ones. It is a reminder of the fragility of the human mind and the importance of compassion and understanding. Willis’ silent struggle shines a spotlight on the challenges faced by those battling dementia and the need for greater awareness and support.

We must strive to be sensitive and empathetic towards those with dementia and their families. Offering a helping hand, providing resources, and creating a supportive environment can make a significant difference in their quality of life. It is essential to cherish the moments of recognition and connection, even when they are fleeting.


The availability of “Moonlighting” on Hulu brings joy to Bruce Willis, despite his current inability to express it. Caron’s dedication to ensuring Willis was aware of the show’s streaming debut highlights the heartfelt connection between creator and star. We must appreciate and honor the contributions of actors like Willis, even as they confront personal hardships.

R.I.P., Bruce Willis’ acting career. Your talent and zest for life will always be remembered.


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