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Bruce Willis Biography

Bruce Willis (born Walter Bruce Willis, 19.03.1955)
Bruce Willis is an American actor best known for his action movie roles and, in particular, his role as John McClane in the 'Die Hard' movie series.

Bruce Willis: Childhood
Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany where his father David Willis served as a soldier.
They moved to Carneys Point, New Jersey when he was discharged in 1957 and David went on to be a welder, master mechanic and factory worker while his German mother Marlene K. worked in a bank.
Bruce attended Penns Grove High School and began to suffer from a stutter for which he was nicknamed Buck-Buck. However, he lost it through performing on stage and his extra-curricular activities included drama club and being the student council president.
He went on be a security guard at Salem Nuclear Power Plant after high school before embarking on a career as a private investigator.
He later went back to acting, enrolling at Montclair State University's drama program but he left in his junior year and moved to New York where he earned a living as a bartender.

Bruce Willis: Acting Career
Bruce Willis' breakthrough in acting came with parts in theatre productions 'Heaven and Earth' and 'Fool for Love' as well as appearing in a Levi's commercial.
He left New York for California to audition for TV roles and landed parts in an episode of 'Miami Vice' in 1984 and the first episode of 'The Twilight Zone' in 1985. He soon won his first lead role as David Addison Jr. in 1985-89 TV series 'Moonlighting' which won him an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
He was hired as a pitchman for Seagram's Golden Wine Cooler products earning him $5-7 million but he decided against renewing his contract after quitting alcohol in 1988.
His film debut came with the 1987 Blake Edwards film 'Blind Date' alongside Kim Basinger and John Larroquette and he later played cowboy Tom Mix in 1988's 'Sunset'.
In 1988, his major Hollywood breakthrough came with 'Die Hard' in which he landed the lead role as John McClane and performed most of his own stunts. The movie grossed $138,708,852 worldwide and was followed by sequels 'Die Hard 2: Die Harder' in 1990, 'Die Hard with a Vengeance' in 1995, 'Live Free or Die Hard' in 2007) and, most recently, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' in 2013.
His other successes included roles in Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' in 1994, 1995's 'Twelve Monkeys', 'The Fifth Element' in 1997, M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Sixth Sense' in 1999 and Michael Bay's 'Armageddon' in 1998.
He has also had his fair share of box office failures including 'The Bonfire of the Vanities', 'Striking Distance' and 'Hudson Hawk' which he co-wrote.
In 2000, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series after appearing in 'Friends' and also appeared in 'The Whole Nine Yards' with Matthew Perry.
In 2007, he worked with Robert Rodriguez for a second time following 'Sin City' with Grindhouse double feature half 'Planet Terror'.
Also in the 2000s, he had roles in 'Perfect Stranger', 'Alpha Dog', 'Cop Out', 'Red' and even made a cameo in 'The Expendables'. His most recent roles include 2012's 'Moonrise Kingdom', an expanded role in 'The Expendables 2', an a co-starring role in 'Looper'.

Bruce Willis: Other Career Ventures
Bruce Willis has had some successes as a recording artist releasing debut album 'The Return of Bruno' in the late eighties with hit single 'Respect Yourself'. He also got to number 2 in the UK Top 40 with his cover of the Drifters' 'Under The Boardwalk'.
He has appeared on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' many times, often staging over-the-top jokes mocking himself and other celebrities.
He appeared in the video for 'Stylo' by Gorillaz.
He owns several properties in locations including LA, Trump Towers in New York City, Malibu California, Montana, Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos and Sun Valley, Idaho.
He co-founded production company Cheyenne Enterprises and owns several businesses in Hailey, Idaho including The Mint Bar and The Liberty Theatre. He also co-founded Planet Hollywood with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Bruce Willis: Personal Life
Bruce Willis married Demi Moore on November 21st 1987 after meeting her at the 'Stakeout' film premiere. They have 3 daughters; 24-year-old Rumer Willis, 21-year-old Scout LaRue Willis and 19-year-old Tallulah Belle Willis; but they divorced on October 18th 2000 for reasons unknown.
He was engaged to Brooke Burns for 10 months before splitting in 2004.
He has been married to model Emma Heming since March 21st 2009 with whom he has a baby daughter named Mabel Ray Willis.
He used to be Lutheran but doesn't practise the religion anymore and though he has a lot of republican political views, he doesn't like to class himself as having any particular affiliation.
He is a big defender of gun rights despite claiming to be a pacifist.

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bruce willis and wife emma go for a medical visit 210314
bruce willis and wife emma go for a medical visit 210314
bruce willis and wife emma go for a medical visit 210314
bruce willis and wife emma go for a medical visit 210314
bruce willis and wife emma go for a medical visit 210314

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The Latest Bruce Willis News

Demi Moore Avoids Bruce Willis At Show

9th April 2014

Demi Moore avoided ex-husband Bruce Willis when the pair watched their daughter Rumer perform in Hollywood. The former couple, who...

Demi Moore Wants To 'reinvent' Herself

2nd April 2014

Demi Moore wants to ''reinvent'' herself and reignite her acting career.The 'LOL' actress, 51, embraced a ''reclusive lifestyle'' after seeking...

Scott Caan Replacing Shia Labeouf In Rock The Kasbah

1st April 2014

Scott Caan has replaced Shia LaBeouf in 'Rock The Kasbah'.The 'Hawaii Five-0' star is in talks to take on one...

Shia Labeouf Pulls Out Of Rock The Kasbah

28th March 2014

Shia LaBeouf has pulled out of 'Rock The Kasbah'.The actor will no longer be appearing in Barry Levinson's all-star comedy,...

Kermit Watched Bruce Willis Action Films For Muppets Most Wanted

26th March 2014

Kermit the Frog joked about watching films starring Bruce Willis to prepare for the 'Muppets Most Wanted'.The children's favourite was...

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Bruce Willis Reviews

A Week In Movies - 12th October 2012 Feature

12th October 2012

With the 56th BFI London Film Festival up and running, it's red carpet night every...

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Bruce Willis Footage Film / Movie Reviews

A Good Day to Die Hard 2013, Review by Rich Cline

There really is no point in looking for logic in a fifth Die Hard movie;...

G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013, Review by Rich Cline

By ignoring everything that made 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a hugely entertaining...

RED 2 2013, Review by Rich Cline

That A-list cast of "retired, extremely dangerous" spies is back, coasting through another amiable but...

Moonrise Kingdom 2012, Review by Rich Cline

Anderson's films definitely aren't to everyone's taste, with his quirky approach to direction, character and...

The Expendables 2 2012, Review by Rich Cline

Although there's been no attempt to tone down the first film's bloodthirsty hyperviolence or dim-witted...

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The Latest Bruce Willis Press Releases

'New Twilight Zone' Swallows Up Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stephen King And Wes Craven In Boxset Out April 29th 2013

28th March 2013

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of the truly breathtaking television series that...

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i was recently diagnosed with a terminal Illness adn one of my greatest wishes would be to meet the good hearted man Bruce Willis, I know you are all thinkg thats a shot in the dark don't think I don't already know this but wishes are just thought voiced out loud.Wishful In Texas

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I love Bruce Willis. Hes great,he has a great smile and full of sunshine.I would love to meet him in person.All of his movies are excellent.but whats really good is i had this dream lastnight, about him it was great.It seemed so real.well i guess ill i can do is hope to meet you one day.still dreaming kelli.

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Dear Mr. Bruce Willis, A real reason why I want to meet Bruce willis is because he has a good warming heart, a great personality, and a wonderful sense of humor. Bruce Willis is also a loving and caring man who only talks the truth. My name is Erica M. Loria I am 28. I would like to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday! I would be honored to tell you that out of all the actors in this world you are the one I admire the most no other actors, I will always support and be beside you 100%and always be a huge fan to you now and the years ahead. I’ve collected all your DVD’s and CD’s you have ever made, Bruce you have a great talent and a gift of being an Actor, Producer, a Singer, etc. You are a very handsome man and I love you so much. I wish that I could meet you I would love to see you in real life. I know you are a busy man doing what you do best being a father (which you have 3 beautiful daughters) and being an actor, but as your huge fan I will love you for you.P.S. Bruce Willis, That is me in that picture so you know who’s your huge fan in the worldLove Always,Your huge FanErica Loria

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