Bruce Willis is ‘not totally verbal’ due to dementia, reveals Moonlighting's creator
Legendary actor Bruce Willis, known for his larger-than-life roles, faces his most challenging battle yet with dementia. Moonlighting creator Glenn Gordon Caron reveals their touching reunions and the stark transformation of a man once bursting with joie de vivre.
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Bruce Willis, the action hero revered by millions for his dynamic roles in iconic films like Die Hard, now faces an opponent like no other: frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This reality, brought to light last year, showcases the profound vulnerability even our most celebrated heroes can experience. Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator behind the beloved 80s drama Moonlighting, in which Willis starred, recently spoke about his concerted efforts to be a constant in Willis's life despite the actor's health decline. Their bond, strengthened over the five-season drama that aired from 1985 to 1989, remains unbroken.
Caron shared his heart-wrenching visits, revealing that in the early minutes, Willis shows flickers of recognition. "My sense is the first one to three minutes he knows who I am," Caron recounted. However, the once-eloquent actor, who cherished reading in secrecy, has now lost his command over language, a stark contrast to the zestful life he once led.
A streaming tribute: Moonlighting now on Hulu
In the midst of this emotional storm, there's a silver lining for fans of the classic series. Moonlighting is available for streaming in its entirety on Hulu. Caron believes this nostalgic journey back in time would mean a lot to Willis. For many, watching the series would be reminiscent of a time when Willis's energy and wit, especially in his Emmy-winning role as David Addison, were unparalleled.
Emma Heming Willis: A pillar of strength and awareness
Emma Heming Willis, Bruce's devoted wife, has emerged as a strong advocate for dementia awareness. Through her frequent Instagram live sessions with medical professionals and caregivers, she has taken strides to shed light on a condition often misunderstood. As reported by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, FTD stands as "the most common form of dementia". Emma's commitment to the cause and her unyielding support for her husband, with whom she shares two young children, underscores the reality many families face when confronting such diagnoses.
Reflecting on the seismic shift in Willis's life, Caron lamented, "He loved life and... just adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest." This sentiment encapsulates the sentiment of fans and friends worldwide, all rallying behind the icon in his challenging journey. While Bruce Willis's light might have dimmed for some, the undying love, admiration, and support from his loved ones ensures he will never truly be in the dark.
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