Within five minutes, I knew Bruce Willis would not only be a star but a sure-thing, can’t-lose superstar. It was March 3, 1985. I was an 18-year-old ne’er-do-well living in a South Florida rooming house. That was the night Moonlighting premiered, and within five minutes, anyone could see Bruce Willis had it all, the whole megillah.
Bruce Willis’s David Addison was hilarious, charming, witty, bold, chivalrous, street smart, and most importantly, he could laugh at himself. David Addison was amazing. Everyone wanted to be David Addison. He was cool. He was his own man. And for the next decade—along with other cool, self-deprecating personalities like Don Johnson’s Sonny Crockett—Bruce Willis would define American masculinity. This made the 80s and 90s a great time to be a man…and a woman.
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