Oh, sure, it’s plenty easy to mock David Caruso: Who walks off a hit TV show after only one season, in the hopes of launching a movie career? A fool, that’s who. Since his post-NYPD Blue failure, Caruso’s name has become a shorthand for arrogance and ineptitude. When discussing someone with poor judgment, it’s now common to say, “He doesn’t have the sense God gave David Caruso”, or “Even David Caruso could tell her she’s making a mistake.” But let us consider for a moment how we’d feel about Caruso’s move, if the world only knew that he left NYPD Blue to grant the wish of a dying child?
June 6, 1999