Moonlighting creator Glenn Gordon Caron stated popular actor Bruce Willis has been rendered “incommunicative” after being diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. The disease is also the cause that ended his career in 2022.
Caron shared Willis’ most recent health update during a conversation about this week’s release of the 1980s prime-time dramedy, featuring Cybill Shepherd and a budding Willis.
“I know he’s really happy that the show is going to be available for people, even though he can’t tell me that,” Caron told The New York Post recently.
He also added that “The process has taken quite a while and Bruce’s disease is progressive, so I was able to communicate with him before the disease rendered him as incommunicative as he is now.”
Renowned for his iconic performances in movies like The Last Boy Scout and the unforgettable portrayal of Korben Dallas in The Fifth Element, Bruce Willis has long been an influential figure in action cinema. However, in March 2022, close friends and co-stars disclosed that Willis was preparing to bid farewell to the profession that had defined a significant portion of his life.
The decision was prompted by concerns surrounding Willis’ deteriorating health, which had recently raised apprehension among his colleagues. Some even questioned whether the seasoned action star was fully aware of his surroundings during filming.
Caron has worked with Willis for five seasons of “Moonlighting” and made attempts to be a part of Willis’s life and believes that the action-star still recognizes him during his visits.
“When you’re with him you know that he’s Bruce and you’re grateful that he’s there,” he says, “but the joie de vivre is gone.”
Emma Heming, the wife of Bruce Willis, recently acknowledged that “it’s difficult to say” whether the actor is conscious of his frontotemporal dementia diagnosis, which was disclosed earlier this year.