When you get the DVD and watch this episode with the commentary on, you'll notice that one of the commentators (I forget which one) says that when he first saw Bruce Willis as David (or maybe when he first saw Willis), he was immediately reminded of 1960s actor Michael Callan. The other commentators were a bit dumbfounded and weren't even sure who Callan was. But I know of him—I think he's most well-known for his role as Jane Fonda's love interest in Cat Ballou (which is one of my favorite movies). Here is a better image of Callan, (from the series "Occasional Wife").
I never thought of Callan and David Addison/Bruce Willis as being similar, but ever since that commentator mentioned it, I can see it. The commentator specifically mentioned that Callan's role in "Occasional Wife" was reminiscent of David (I've never seen that show), but I think his character in "Cat Ballou" was a little David Addison-esque. (Just a little.) He had the same smirking, light-hearted spirit about him, anyway.
Hey, I know this is trivia of the most extreme kind, but I thought this was the place to share it!
Yep, I heard that on my DVDs yesterday - I didn't have a clue a clue a clue as to who this chap was. Saying that, now that I've seen pictures, I can definitely see what Debra Frank was talking about...
"You can lead a horse to water, but that doesn't make it a duck"
Ah, it was Debra Frank who said that on the commentary? I thought it was a guy for some reason. Go figure.
Well, Michael Callan has his own charms, so it would be unfair to compare him too much to David Addison or anyone else. However, I think that Frank was onto something there. As I said before, I can't speak about "Occasional Wife" because I've never seen it, but Callan has a certain cute, smarmy (but fun) charm in "Cat Ballou." It's a great movie anyway (one of my favorites—it has a great cast, tons of Oscar nominations and an Oscar win for co-star Lee Marvin) so I think it's worth checking out. Callan's sidekick (Dwayne Hickman, of "Dobie Gillis" fame) in the movie is also pretty funny.
I thought it was a funny reference because in the movie Cat Ballou when Lee Marvin can not hit the target on a barn Michael Callan says "He did it. He missed the barn!" and in the pilot of Moonlighting when Maddie manages to miss the bad guys with every shot David says "She did it. She missed the barn!".