Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955), better addressed by his stage name Bruce Willis, is a gifted American actor well known for playing a variety of roles.
He gained notoriety for playing David Addison Jr. in the television series Moonlighting. Still, he is best recognized for his dramatic and action parts in movies like Die Hard and The Sixth Sense.
Bruce Willis struggled with stuttering as a child and turned to stage performances to get over it. He worked various menial jobs before pursuing a career in acting because his family was blue-collar.
He struggled for a while as an actor before getting his first role in an off-Broadway production of Heaven and Earth. He entered the television industry by defeating 3000 other candidates to land the part of David Addison Jr. in the series Moonlighting.
The aspirational actor soon received the lead role in Blind Date. But what made him famous was his portrayal of John McClane in Die Hard.
The actor Bruce Willis also attempted singing, releasing the somewhat successful pop-blues album The Return of Bruno. After receiving an aphasia diagnosis, the actor’s family announced his retirement from show business in March 2022.
|Bruce Willis: History • Bio • Photo|
|Full Name:||Walter Bruce Willis|
|Stage Name:||Bruce Willis|
|Born:||19 March 1955 (age 67 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Idar-Oberstein, Germany|
|Parents:||Marlene Willis, David Willis|
|Siblings:||David Willis, Florence Willis, Robert Willis|
|Wife • Spouse:||Emma Heming Willis (m. 2009), Demi Moore (m. 1987–2000)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||Brooke Burns (eng. 2003-2004), Karen McDougal (2006-2007), Rachel Hunter (2001-2002), Alisha Klass (2000-2001), Maria Bravo (1999-2001), Sherryl Raymond (1986-1987), Amara Zaragoza|
|Children:||Rumer Willis, Evelyn Penn Willis, Mabel Ray Willis, Scout Willis, Tallulah Willis|
|Occupation:||Actor • TV Personality|
|Net Worth:||US$250 million|
Early Life & Education
Marlene Willis and David Willis gave birth to Bruce Willis on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany.
His mother, Marlene Willis, was German, while his father, David Willis, was an American soldier. He has two brothers, David Willis and Robert Willis, and a sister, Florence Willis, as his two younger siblings.
Bruce Willis‘ mother worked at a bank, and his father landed in New Jersey and started working as a welder and mechanic after being released from the army in 1957.
Penns Grove High School is where he attended. He struggled with stuttering, but playing on stage helped him overcome it. Bruce Willis, a well-liked student, was chosen to lead the student council.
After graduating from high school, Bruce Willis started working menial jobs, which included time spent as a private investigator and a security guard at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant. He registered to study drama at Montclair State University. He left school, nevertheless, in his junior year to pursue an acting career in New York City.
In addition to his high school and college studies, Bruce Willis spent three years in a drama program at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York.
He struggled to find employment, but in 1977 he was allowed to appear in the off-Broadway show Heaven and Earth. Then came further performances on stage, including the lead part in Bullpen.
Bruce Willis tried out for the part of David Addison in the television series Moonlighting after finding success onstage. To land the part, he outperformed 3000 other applicants. He became a star as a result of the 1985–1989 television series.
In the romantic comedy Blind Date, Bruce Willis received his first major role in 1987. Despite receiving generally unfavorable reviews, the film was a commercial success.
Bruce Willis‘s significant break came in 1988 with the release of the film Die Hard. In the movie, which went on to become a massive smash and established him as an action hero, he played police officer John McClane. He returned to the role of John McClane in the 1990 film Die Hard 2, which was more successful commercially than its predecessor.
His acting career suffered when he appeared in several box office duds in the early 1990s. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), and Color of Night are a few examples of these motion pictures (1994).
Bruce Willis made a full recovery with the 1994 black comedy and crime movie Pulp Fiction. His performance in the movie Butch Coolidge revived his acting career.
He starred in the year’s highest-grossing movie, Armageddon, in 1998. The movie’s cast also featured Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Keith David, and Bruce Willis.
He had three appearances as Paul Stevens on the television sitcom Friends in the year 2000. He received praise for his work on the show and was given an Emmy Award.
- Die Hard 1988
- The Sixth Sense 1999
- Pulp Fiction 1994
- Die Hard with a Vengeance 1995
- Live Free or Die Hard 2007
- Sin City 2005
- Twelve Monkeys 1995
- Die Hard 2 1990
- Lucky Number Slevin 2006
- Le cinquième élément 1997
Awards & Achievements
- For his performance in the television program Moonlighting, Bruce Willis won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1987. He also took home The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Comedy for the same role.
- For his performance as Paul Stevens in the well-known sitcom Friends, he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000.
- In April 2005, Bruce Willis received the honor of the French government’s Office of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Rumer Willis, Scout Willis, and Tallulah Willis, Bruce Willis‘ three daughters, were born in 1987 after marrying actress Demi Moore. In 2000, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore got divorced.
In 2009, Bruce Willis wed a model by the name of Emma Heming Willis. Evelyn Penn Willis and Mabel Ray Willis, the couple’s two kids, are a blessing to Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis.
He was once engaged to Brooke Burns (2003-2004).
Bruce Willis has been the boyfriend of Karen McDougal (2006-2007), Rachel Hunter (2001-2002), Alisha Klass (2000-2001), Maria Bravo (1999-2001), Sherryl Raymond (1986-1987), and Amara Zaragoza.
Bruce Willis was the eighth-highest-grossing actor in a leading role in 2010, thanks to movies starring him that brought in between US$2.64 billion and $3.05 billion at North American box offices.
Bruce Willis has amassed an estimated net worth of US$250 million.
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