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Also Known As: Walter Bruce Willis Died:
Born: March 19, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor, producer, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, harmonica player, security guard, bartender, waiter

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Armed with good looks, an everyman appeal, and boundless self-confidence, actor Bruce Willis shot from obscurity to superstar status via both a hit television series and one of the most popular action-adventure films of all time. After beating out literally thousands of contenders, Willis' portrayal of wisecracking P.I. David Addison on "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) made him one of television's hottest leading men. It was, however, the character of indefatigable Det. John McClain in the blockbuster actioner "Die Hard" (1988) that solidified Willis as a legitimate action star - albeit one who ends up broken and bruised. There were periodic career slumps ahead, as evidenced by the colossal failures of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) and "Hudson Hawk" (1991). Still, as doggedly determined as McClane, Willis followed each low with stellar turns in successes like director Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Working with cinema's most commercially successful filmmakers, Willis helped deliver box office winners like director Michael Bay's "Armageddon" (1998) and the landmark thriller, "The Sixth Sense" (1999). Despite the end of his 13-year marriage to actress Demi Moore, the actor channeled his...

Armed with good looks, an everyman appeal, and boundless self-confidence, actor Bruce Willis shot from obscurity to superstar status via both a hit television series and one of the most popular action-adventure films of all time. After beating out literally thousands of contenders, Willis' portrayal of wisecracking P.I. David Addison on "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) made him one of television's hottest leading men. It was, however, the character of indefatigable Det. John McClain in the blockbuster actioner "Die Hard" (1988) that solidified Willis as a legitimate action star - albeit one who ends up broken and bruised. There were periodic career slumps ahead, as evidenced by the colossal failures of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) and "Hudson Hawk" (1991). Still, as doggedly determined as McClane, Willis followed each low with stellar turns in successes like director Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Working with cinema's most commercially successful filmmakers, Willis helped deliver box office winners like director Michael Bay's "Armageddon" (1998) and the landmark thriller, "The Sixth Sense" (1999). Despite the end of his 13-year marriage to actress Demi Moore, the actor channeled his sense of humor in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) to fine effect. More than 20 years after entering the limelight, Willis remained one of film's most bankable stars in such hits as "Sin City" (2005), "Live Free or Die Hard" (2007) and "Red" (2010). Working constantly and playing to his strengths, the witty Willis enjoyed a career longevity that other action movie stars could only envy.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Captive (2015)
2.
 Vice (2015)
3.
 Prince, The (2014)
5.
 Expiration (2014)
6.
 Rock the Kasbah (2014)
7.
 Red 2 (2013)
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Formed Night Owl Promotions
1977:
Made theater debut in the off-Broadway production of "Heaven and Earth"
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Worked as a bartender at NYC restaurants Chelsea Central and Cafe Central and the nightclub Kamikaze
1980:
Landed a part in Dennis Watlington's play "Bullpen" and performed in it for four years in various venues
1980:
First screen appearance, an uncredited walk-on, in "The First Deadly Sin"
1984:
Breakthrough stage role, replaced Ed Harris, in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love"
1985:
Debuted as a series regular, playing David Addison opposite Cybill Shepherd, in ABC's "Moonlighting" ; earned Golden Globe (1986, 1988) and Emmy (1986) nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1986:
Released debut album <i>The Return of Bruno</i>, which included the hit single "Respect Yourself"
1987:
Headlined the HBO special "Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno"
1987:
Made feature film acting debut in Blake Edwards' "Blind Date"
1988:
First film as producer, "Sunset"; also played the role of Tom Mix; second film with Edwards
1988:
Breakthrough film role as John McClane in "Die Hard"
1989:
Voiced the thoughts of baby Mikey in the feature "Look Who's Talking"
1989:
Won praise for his portrayal of a Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison's "In Country"
1990:
Reprised role of McClane in "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"
1990:
Again provided the voice of Mikey for the sequel "Look Who's Talking Too"; also co-wrote the song "Daddy's Coming Home"
1991:
Co-founded Planet Hollywood restaurant franchise along with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone
1991:
First screen credit as writer (provided story) for "Hudson Hawk"; also co-wrote "The Hudson Hawk Theme"
1991:
First film with director Alan Rudolph, "Mortal Thoughts"; played a wife-beating bad guy; then-wife Demi Moore co-starred
1992:
Cast against type as the milquetoast doctor in "Death Becomes Her"; stepped into role when Kevin Kline dropped out
1992:
Appeared as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1994:
Won critical praise for his supporting turns in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" and Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool"
1994:
Starred in and helped produce Richard Rush's disappointing "Color of Night"
1995:
Reprised his signature role of John McClane in the sequel "Die Hard With a Vengeance"
1995:
Played the lead role in Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys"
1997:
Starred in Luc Besson's sci-fi actioner "The Fifth Element"
1998:
Played oil driller Harry Stamper in the Michael Bay-directed, "Armageddon"
1998:
Portrayed U.S. General William Devereaux in Edward Zwick's "The Siege"
1999:
Made uncredited guest appearance as a shrink on an episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal"
1999:
Played the starring role in M. Night Shymalan's supernatural thriller "The Sixth Sense"
1999:
Played Dwayne Hoover in Alan Rudolph's lackluster "Breakfast of Champions"; Willis bankrolled project with brother David receiving producing credit
2000:
Played Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski, a hit man on the lam, in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards"
2000:
Re-teamed with Shymalan for the film "Unbreakable"
2000:
Made three-episode guest appearance on the NBC sitcom "Friends" as a love interest for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)
2000:
With Arnold Rifkin, formed Cheyenne Enterprises
2001:
Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett in the comedy, "Bandits"
2002:
Executive produced and starred in the Showtime adaptation of Sam Shepard's play "True West"
2002:
Starred alongside Colin Farrell in "Hart's War"
2002:
Was executive producer of "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course"
2003:
Had lead in the action thriller, "Tears of the Sun," co-starring Cole Hauser and Monica Bellucci
2004:
Reprised role as Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski in "The Whole Ten Yards"
2005:
Co-starred in "Sin City," an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2006:
Starred as an infamous assassin, opposite Josh Hartnett, in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"
2006:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)
2007:
Co-starred in Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog," an independent feature about a real-life drug dealer
2007:
Reprised role of John McClane in "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth installment in the popular "Die Hard" action franchise
2009:
Starred in "Surrogates," based on the comic book of the same name
2010:
Teamed with Tracy Morgan for Kevin Smith's buddy cop film "Cop Out"
2010:
Appeared in "The Expendables," an 80s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries; film featured ensemble of action stars including Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
2010:
Starred in "Red," an adaption of the comic book miniseries of the same name
2012:
Cast as a police officer investigating the disappearance of preteen runaways in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom"
2012:
Reunited with cast for action sequel "The Expendables 2"
2012:
Co-starred with Henry Cavill and Sigourney Weaver in action thriller "The Cold Light of Day"
2012:
Played the older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hit man character in "Looper"
2012:
Co-starred with Rebecca Hall and Catherine Zeta-Jones in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer
2013:
Returned as John McClane in action thriller "A Good Day to Die Hard"
2013:
Joined cast of action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" as General Joseph Colton
2013:
Starred in "Red 2"
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Education

Montclair State College: Montclair , New Jersey -
Penns Grove High School: Penns Grove , New Jersey - 1973

Notes

Received honorary doctorate from Montclair State University.

In 2002, Willis was names Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University.

On his NYC bartending days at Cafe Central, during which time he had acquired the nickname 'Bruno': "The bar was always six-deep. It was where a lot of celebs and movie-star types and wannabes hung out. If you're serving them drinks and you're drinking with them, it's a very fraternal feeling. They're not way up on a pedestal. It's four in the morning and they're probably half in the bag. So I didn't have to deal with that mystique."---Willis to Anthony Haden-Guest in Vanity Fair, January 1991.

"I don't cheat, lie or go out of my way to mess people over, but I'm still amazed at the venal garbage that goes on in this town. People lie about you. People want to see you fail. It's so competitive here, you can see how much people want you to fail."---Willis about life in Hollywood, quoted in Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1993.

"I AM a sensitive guy. People think they know the real me, but they don't. And then they write things that make me sound like such a schmuck. ..."---Willis to Movieline, August, 1996.

"For a long time, I don't know if there was a lot of controversy SURROUNDING me, but it was certainly more interesting to throw rocks and dump trash on me than it was to say nice things about me. That kind of controversy sells more. And has since become, in the last ten years since they started writing about me, the norm."---Bruce Willis to Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 1995.

"Look, this is my face. If it's a curse, it's a curse. And I never said, hey, I'm smirking, America! Look at me! Love me! It's a little hook that they caught on and they've found a way to turn it against me and make it some negative thing, but that's how I smile. Nothin' I can do about it."---Willis on his famous smirk, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 1995.

"Bruce to me, really suggests a 50's-style actor like an Aldo Ray or a Ralph Meeker or a young Burt Lancaster."---"Pulp Fiction" director Quentin Tarantino quoted in The New York Times, October 2, 1994.

"I've lost my passion for action movies. I just don't feel like I can break any new ground for myself as an actor. I made a film last year that opened last spring, 'Mercury Rising', and I went to a screening with my younger brother, who said, 'Every action sequence is derivative of everything you've done.' And he was right. I don't know what else I can do.

"It's a form of entertainment, but it's become as boring for me as episodic television."---Bruce Willis quoted in the Boston Herald, June 29, 1998.

"I never had the opportunity to play supporting roles. I went straight from starring in 'Moonlighting' to starring in 'Die Hard', so when I was given the opportunity to do a couple of scenes with actors I admired, I did it. I did 'Death Becomes Her' because I wanted to work with Meryl [Streep] and Goldie [Hawn]. I did 'Billy Bathgate' for Dustin Hoffman. I did 'Nobody's Fool' because I wanted to work with Paul Newman. That was it; I didn't even read the script. Robert Benton called me and said, 'I'm doing this film with Newman.' And I asked him, 'Do I have any scenes with him?' He said, 'All your scenes are with him. Want to read it?' I said, 'No, I'm in. I'll do it.' And it was such a treat."---Willis to Elizabeth Snead in USA Today, October 12, 1999.

The name of Bruce Willis's band is Bruce Willis and the Accelerators. In 2002, the band had its largest tour to date, going to 15 cities.

"I think unless the hand of God intervenes, I'm going to go out as a bachelor. You're asked to stand up there and say, 'I promise to love you forever until death do us part.' You might as well be crossing your fingers when you say that. How can you possibly know where you're gonna be five years from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years from now?"---Bruce Willis to People, March 10, 2005.

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companion:
Sheri Rivera. Lived together prior to his marriage to Moore; former wife of Geraldo Rivera.
wife:
Demi Moore. Actor. Married in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 21, 1987 by Little Richard; acted together in the 1991 thriller "Mortal Thoughts"; announced separation in June 1998; divorced in October 2000.
companion:
Maria Bravo. Model. Spanish; dated from summer 1999 to 2000.
companion:
Emily Sandberg. Model. Born c. 1977; dating since November 2000.
companion:
Brooke Burns. Host/actress. Dating as of August 2003; rumored to be engaged as of April 2004; reportedly split up as of June 2004.
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grandfather:
E G Willis. Willis named a building in Hailey, Idaho after him.
father:
David Willis. Master mechanic. Willis has often described his father as a welder, and though he is an excellent welder, Willis told <i>Movieline</i> (August 1996): "And because this keeps getting repeated, his friends who are welders are always giving him s***"; acted in "Die Hard II: Die Harder" (1990) and "Mortal Thoughts" (1991); divorced from Willis' mother in 1971.
mother:
Marlene Willis. Born in Kassel, Germany; worked in a bank; moved to California after her 1971 divorce from Willis' father.
step-mother:
Alma Willis.
brother:
David Willis. Producer, executive. Serves as vice president of Willis' production company.
brother:
Robert Willis. Producer. Formerly in partnership with Skyline Entertainment; died of pancreatic cancer at age 42 on June 26, 2001.
sister:
Florence Willis Rogers.
daughter:
Rumer Glenn Willis. Born on August 16, 1988; mother, Demi Moore; named after British novelist Rumer Godden; made feature film debut opposite mother Demi Moore in "Striptease" (1996).
daughter:
Scout LaRue Willis. Born on July 20, 1991; mother, Demi Moore; first name comes from child narrator of novel "To Kill a Mockingbird".
daughter:
Tallulah Belle Willis. Born on February 3, 1994; mother, Demi Moore; appeared with Moore as baby Pearl in "The Scarlet Letter" (1995).
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