Bruce Willis. biography
Born Walter Bruce Willison on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, Bruce Willis began studying drama at New Jersey’s Montclair State University before moving to the city and trying his hand at a professional career in acting. He then made his official debut with a minor role in The First Deadly Sin (1980).
Shortly after, Bruce landed yet another minor role next to Paul Newman in the The Verdict (1982) prior to moving to Hollywood and landing his first substantial role in the TV series Moonlighting (1985-1989).
In 1988, Bruce got his big break playing John McClane in the classic action flick Die Hard for which he earned $5 million. He then showed off his sensitive side by voicing the role of Mikey in the comedy Look Who’s Talking (1989) before being reunited with action stunts in Die Hard 2 (1990) and The Last Boy Scout (1991).
The following year, Bruce’s comedic chops gained additional attention from moviegoers and critics in part of his performance in Death Becomes Her (1992) alongside Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. He gained additional praise when he starred as Butch Collidge in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning thriller Pulp Fiction (1994) and later The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998) and The Sixth Sense (1999).
After playing a murderer on the run in the comedies Bandits (2001) and The Whole Ten Yards (2004), a string of action flicks soon followed, including Hostage (2005), Sin City (2005), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), 16 Blocks (2006), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and Surrogates (2009).
The following years, Bruce continued starring alongside some of Hollywood’s most popular actors such as Helen Mirren in Red (2010), Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 2 (2012) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper (2012).
The legendary action star’s most recent projects include, A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Red 2 (2013), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), American Assassin (unknown release date), Expiration (2014) and Die Hardest (2015).
Did you know…
- He is the lead singer of his own rock band
- He bought 12,000 boxes of "Girl Guide" from his daughter to send to troops to Afghanistan
- He was his high school student council president
- He offered a $1 million reward for the capture of Saddam Hussein
- He and Linda Fiorentino worked as bartenders at the Kamikaze Club in NYC in the early 1980's
- He appeared in the first series of Levis 501 Blues commercials in 1986