The Show “Moonlighting”, Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is about two people, Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) and David Addison Jr., (Bruce Willis) who go into a partnership together and run a detective agency called, “Blue Moon Investigations”.
Considered by most to be one of the first examples of a successful “dramedy”.
Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd)-Maddie is a former, top, high-fashion model, who is smart, sexy and beautiful. Deceived by her shady accountant who embezzled all of her money, Maddie is now left with practically nothing, except a run-down detective agency and her former glory. Due to her dire financial straits, her first instinct is to sell the agency, however, the man who has been running it, David Addison, convinces her to run the business as a partnership between the two of them. Though somewhat hesitant, Maddie agrees, and they re-name the business formerly called the “City of Angels Detective Agency”, to Blue Moon Investigations (named so because Maddie is most well-known for her time spent as the spokes model for the “Blue Moon Shampoo Company”). All in all, a completely new way of life for her, both in her professional life, as well as her private one.
David Addison (Bruce Willis)-David is the fast-talking detective who, until recently, ran the City of Angels Detective Agency. Not necessarily your average type of guy, David is a man who always does everything he can to get the job done, no matter what that may entail. Handsome, funny and charming, David Addison is a man who very few people seem able to resist, especially women! However, his constant fighting with Maddie, only makes the sexual desire that they obviously have for one another more apparent. David is the exact opposite of the type of man that Maddie wants to be with, but the real question is, can she resist his charms and that carefree attitude along with that devilish smile? And…. can he resist her?
Agnes DiPesto (Allyce Beasley)-Agnes is the loyal and somewhat odd receptionist for the agency, who believe it or not, tends to answer the phone in rhyme. Despite this rather unusual aspect of her personality, she is, in fact, quite good at her job. Sweet and kind, Agnes is the kind of secretary who meddles in your life, but makes you grateful that she did.
Herbert Viola (Curtis Armstrong)-Herbert is a nice man who is brought in to work at the agency later in the series. Brought from a temp agency, he soon proves himself and is given a promotion of sorts, to working on actual cases as a junior detective. He also forms a relationship with Agnes DiPesto.
MacGillicudy (Jack Blessing)-MacGillicudy is an employee of the Blue Moon agency and is also a competitor for the affections of Agnes DiPesto.
This show was funny and interesting to watch and although before the start of this series Bruce Willis was a virtual unknown, he quickly became someone whom you would tune in each week to see. I give this series 7 out of 10.
Maddie Hayes-Cybill Shepherd
David Addison-Bruce Willis
Agnes DiPesto-Allyce Beasley
Herbert Viola-Curtis Armstrong
Alexander Hayes-Robert Webber
Richard Addison-Charles Rocket
Blue Moon Employee-Kristine Kauffman
Miss Lamont-Jamie Taylor
Virginia Hayes-Eva Marie Saint
Blue Moon Staff-Clinton Allmon
Sam Crawford-Mark Harmon
Walter Bishop-Dennis Dugan
Blue Moon Employee-Willie Brown
Lorraine ‘Annie’ Charnock-Virginia Madsen
Terri Knowles-Brooke Adams
Bowling Alley Manager-Bill Marcus
Elaine Johnson-Caitlin Clarke
Alan McClaffertry-Gary Cole
Captain Shank-Ronald G. Joseph
Arnie Steckler-Tracey Walter
Scott Hundley-Tony Bill
Rita McClafferty-Julia Jennings
Dr. Steve Hill-R.H. Thomson
Gas Station Cashier-Howard Mann
Blue Moon Staff-Will Nye
Investigator #1-Henry G. Sanders
Blue Moon Employee-Frantz Turner
The personality of Bruce Willis when he was just a young man was actually very similar to that of his character on Moonlighting and he would often get into trouble for being obnoxious.
Cybill Shepherd (Maddie Hayes) was named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill.
On “TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time”, the Moonlighting episode, “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice” came in at #34. The relationship of David Addison and Maddie Hayes was also a part of TV Guide’s list of the best TV couples of all time.
Bruce Willis is a supporter of gun rights and said, “Everyone has a right to bear arms. If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys.”
Curtis Armstrong (Herbert Viola) has been married for twenty years and has a daughter named, Lily.
Cybill Shepherd won the “Miss Teenage Memphis” contest in 1966, at the age of sixteen and the “Model of the Year” contest in 1968. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
Allyce Beasley (Agnes DiPesto) has been married three times. She has one child, a son.
Bruce Willis’s performance as John McClane in the “Die Hard” films is on “Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time” at #46.
All in all, Bruce Willis (David Addison Jr.) has appeared in movies that have grossed more than $2.5 billion USD, which puts him in the top ten stars as far as box office receipts. He is the ninth highest-grossing actor in lead roles and the twelfth in supporting.
Cybill Shepherd won two Golden Globe Awards for her role as Maddie Hayes.
Production delays were a common factor on this show, the reasons ranged from the producer’s (Caron) incredible attention to detail, to the two main co-stars and their various disagreements. The delays became so large and numerous that even the show’s own network, (ABC) ridiculed them by creating an ad campaign that showed network executives impatiently waiting for new episodes to be delivered.
Curtis Armstrong played the lovable (but somewhat disgusting) character of Booger, in the “Revenge of the Nerds” films. He has claimed that since doing these movies, someone has recognized him as Booger every day of his life. He also says that it doesn’t bother him in the least.
Bruce Willis is very supportive of actors and their careers that he has met on set. He is well known for asking that these people are later given supporting roles on his films. One of these examples is Michael Clarke Duncan, with whom he worked on “The Whole Nine Yards” and then asked for on the movie, “Armageddon”, as well as suggested him to the producer for the movie, “The Green Mile”. Some of the other actors are Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Messner and Matthew Perry. Willis actually appeared on the television series “Friends” after he and Perry met on the set of The Whole Nine Yards and Perry asked if he would come on the show. Willis was the first actor to do a guest spot on “Friends” and win an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor for his performance.
Cybill Shepherd was pregnant during her time on Moonlighting, and gave birth to twins, Molly Ariel and Cyrus Zachariah. She also had a third child, a daughter named Clementine, in 1979.
Allyce Beasley played Coach’s daughter, Lisa, on the popular series, “Cheers“.
Jack Blessing (MacGillicudy) has two sons, Ian and Christopher.
Bruce Willis has been incredibly vocal in his support for most major Republican candidates in the past few decades, with the exception of Presidential candidate Bob Dole. The reason for this was Dole’s attacks on Demi Moore for her role in the movie, Striptease.
Because the tone of the show was left up to the production staff, it ended up with the series becoming one of the very first, successful “dramedies” on television. Because of this, Moonlighting was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Drama in the same year, for the first time ever, in the 50-year history of the Directors Guild of America.
Cybill Shepherd was first discovered for film, by famous director, Peter Bogdanovich, who happened to see her picture on the cover of Glamour, while he was standing in line at the supermarket. She and Bogdanovich later become lovers.
Bruce Willis was the voice of the baby, “Mikey” in the first two “Look Who’s Talking” movies.
Moonlighting was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time” in 2007.
Cybill Shepherd’s ex-husband, Bruce Oppenheimer, later married “Dallas” actress, Jenilee Harrison.
Allyce Beasley is a breast cancer survivor.
One of Bruce Willis’s daughters, Tallulah, suggested in 2002, that he (Willis) should buy Girl Scout cookies and send them to the troops. Willis did so, purchasing 12,000 boxes and had them distributed to troops who were stationed in the Middle East and to sailors aboard the USS John F. Kennedy.
Bruce Willis is one of the founders of Planet Hollywood, along with Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This series was well known for doing what is called, “breaking the fourth wall”. This is where the actors do things such as look directly at the camera and talk to the audience or mention things like the network or producers etc.
Cybill Shepherd’s autobiography is entitled, “Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood and the Irrepressible Urge To Say What I Think”. Some of her claims in the book were as follows: She dated Elvis Presley and cared for him, but could not handle his dependence on drugs, turned down a date with Robert DeNiro when he asked her out during their filming of the movie, “Taxi Driver, and that she and Bruce Willis almost became lovers off-screen, but they agreed that it would hurt the series so they chose not to consummate their relationship.
Bruce Willis wears his watch upside down with the face touching his wrist. This can be seen in many of his films, unless he is specifically asked to flip it over.
Allyce Beasley’s name at birth was, Alice Tannenberg.
Bruce Willis has been married twice and has five children, all girls. Two of his children are with his present wife; the other three are with his former wife, actress Demi Moore.
Cybill Shepherd has been an outspoken activist for both abortion and gay rights. She has also been a supporter of parental rights and same-sex marriage.
Jack Blessing has starred in some television series and had more than 100 guest spots on some of TV’s biggest and most popular shows. These include but are not limited to: “China Beach“, “Roseanne“, “M*A*S*H“, “Northern Exposure“, “The X-Files” and “NYPD Blue”.
The sex scenes of Bruce Willis’ in the movie, “Color of Night”, were named by Maxim magazine to be the best sex scenes in the history of film.
During the show’s run, both Shepherd and Willis sang musical numbers.
Bruce Willis actually worked as a private investigator before deciding to become an actor.
Cybill Shepherd became engaged to Andrei Nikolajevic in 2012.
Curtis Armstrong is also known for his famous line in the movie, “Risky Business” with Tom Cruise. That line was, “Sometimes, you just gotta say, WTF!”
Although most one-hour television shows have scripts that are around sixty pages, Moonlighting had almost double that, due to the fast talking and overlapping dialogue of the two main characters.
Bruce Willis once filled in as the last-minute host for David Letterman in 2003, on a night when he was supposed to be the guest. With the exception of his time off when he had to have heart surgery, this was Letterman’s first “sick day” in twenty years.
This series was one of the most expensive shows being produced at that time because of its extreme attention to detail. A regular TV show would take seven days to film; Moonlighting however, would take around 12-14 days. The cost of a typical one hour episode would normally be around $900,000, but this series was usually double that. The executive producer and creator of the show, Glenn Gordon Caron, was known to be a perfectionist, which was the reason for the many differences in production issues and costs. He was also given a great deal of control over the production, as Moonlighting was one of only three shows (at that time) that was owned and produced in-house by a broadcast network (in this case it was ABC).
To help promote his then wife’s new movie, “Striptease”, Bruce Willis appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and did an undressing act of his own, much to the delight of fans.
Cybill Shepherd was treated for a serious melanoma in 2002.
In many of the episodes, you see shots of Maddie’s feet as she is stepping off of the elevator and going to her office. The reason for this, according to Glenn Caron, was so that he could finish writing the script, as some episodes would start shooting without a completed one. Doing the shots of her feet would help give him the time he needed to finish them.
Jack Blessing, in addition to his television and film work, has lent his voice to more than 3,000 movies and TV shows.
In 2004, Bruce Willis sued Revolution Studios for a blow to the forehead that he received during the making of the movie, “Tears of the Sun”. He said that he got the injury during “ultra hazardous activity” and it has caused him extreme physical, mental and emotional pain as well as suffering. The amount of damages is not specified.
Allyce Beasley’s father, Marvin Tannenberg was a cartoonist.
Curtis Armstrong has been in a number of films, as well as guest starred on several TV shows, some of these include, “Psyche”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “House“.
Bruce Willis attended the wedding of his former wife, Demi Moore and her new husband, Ashton Kutcher. They in return, attended his wedding to Emma Heming.
Cybill Shepherd made an appearance at the Emmy Awards in 1985 wearing a strapless dress and orange Reebok Freestyle hi-top sneakers.
Bruce Willis was one of very few Hollywood celebrities who publicly supported the war in Iraq. In 2003, while visiting the troops, he actually made an offer of $1 million (of his own money) to anyone who could capture Saddam Hussein. Once Hussein was finally captured, however, it turned out to not be possible as military rules prevent troops from receiving such an award. In 2005, it was thought that he also offered $1 million to anyone who turned in Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or ‘Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi’, the men who are alleged to be behind the attacks on 9/11. But he later clarified that this statement was only hypothetical.