Glenn Gordon Caron' 75 began making films as an undergraduate student at Geneseo and has found success as an accomplished and award-winning writer, director and producer in Hollywood. He was recently awarded the college's highest honor in celebration of his career and impact on others' lives. /PHOTO PROVIDED
Glenn Gordon Caron '75 launched Bruce Willis' career when he cast him in "Moonlighting" in 1985. Since then, Caron has worked with some of the biggest stars and become a Hollywood heavyweight himself. An Emmy Award-winning TV writer, filmmaker and producer, Caron's most recently earned prime-time success with "Medium," a drama starring Patricia Arquette about a woman who communicates with the dead.
To honor Caron and what he has achieved in his career, his personal life and his philanthropy, the college recently awarded him with the Medal of Distinction.
The medal is a new award and is the highest honor given by Geneseo. It recognizes exceptional achievement and contributions to society, and characterizes a life of consequence and purpose that betters the circumstances of others.
Caron has supported the college as well as the AIDS Project of Los Angeles, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the New York City Ballet, among other organizations.
Geneseo's Medal of Distinction is mounted on a uniquely designed walnut base created specifically for the award by Tom Moser '60, president of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.
In accepting the award, Caron said Geneseo provided an environment in which he could experiment, and feel safe enough to fail.
Caron said there were many mentors who gave him opportunity — such as staging productions — and who let him take chances to succeed. Those include performing arts Professor Emeritus Terry Browne, and Tom Matthews, director of leadership education development and training. Caron said Matthews allowed him to develop a more sophisticated Kino club.
That was in the early 1970s. More than three decades later, Kino club is still active, screening 16 films a year, including current releases and films students may not otherwise have the chance to see, such as classics.
Caron said receiving the award is a "huge honor." Those who influenced him during his days at Geneseo, "all left a mark. All contributed in some way to my success. To my ability to write. Direct. Produce. Be a husband. A father. Be a citizen."