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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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