Bruce Willis is a popular actor & ex-husband to Hollywood beauty Demi Moore. Check out this biography to get details about the childhood and profile of Walter Bruce Willis.

Bruce Willis

Born on: 19 March, 1955
Born in: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
Nationality: American
Education: Montclair State University (Drama Program)
Career: Actor & Producer
Bruce Willis, best known for his role as John McClane in the ‘Die Hard’ series, is a leading man of Hollywood. Winner of high-status awards like Golden Globe and Emmy, he has acted in over 60 movies. Some of his best known movies are ‘Die Hard’, ‘Sin City’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘The Sixth Sense’. His supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s much-acclaimed ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) gave a major boost to his film career. Willis has also appeared in cameo roles for various movies like ‘National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon I’, ‘Charlies Angels: Full Throttle’ and ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, and has earned success in his turn as the voice of ‘Mikey’ in the ‘Look Who's Talking’ series.
Bruce Willis was born as ‘Walter Bruce Willis’ on 19th March 1955, in an American military base, in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. He is the eldest child of David Willis, an American soldier, and Marlene Willis, a German bank employee. His younger siblings are Florence, David, and Robert. For two years, Bruce grew up in Germany. However, in 1957, after David Willis retired from military, the family moved to Penns Grove in New Jersey and Bruce’s father started working as a welder and factory worker.
Early Life
As a youngster, Bruce was of a gregarious nature. Although he grew with a stammer, he found that he could express himself with ease on stage. This led to his active involvement in the high school drama club. He attended the Penns Grove High School, where he was also the school council president. However, fate took a new turn for young Bruce, when his parents divorced in 1972. After he completed graduation, he worked as a bodyguard and opted for a blue-collar job at the DuPont Chambers Works Factory, in New Jersey.
However, Bruce quit his job when a colleague suffered an accidental death at work. Thereafter, he learnt to play the harmonica and joined an R&B group named ‘Loose Goose’. After a brief flirting as a private investigator, he finally took his innate acting skills seriously and enrolled in the drama program at Montclair State University, starring in the class production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’. Finally, during his junior year, Bruce left school and moved to New York City, in search of lucrative movie roles.
Film Career
While in New York, Bruce worked as a part-time bartender, with the hope of meeting celebrities. Finally, after giving n-number of auditions, he earned his theatre debut in the off-Broadway production ‘Heaven and Earth’. At this period, he appeared in ‘Fool for Love’, ‘Miami Vice’ and was also a part of a Levi's campaign. However, it was his role as ‘David Addison Jr.’ in the popular TV series ‘Moonlighting’ (1985–89) that first established him as a known actor. In 1987, he starred in the movie ‘Blind Date’, alongside Kim Basinger and John Laroquette, which opened floodgates of his film career.
The following year, in 1988, his role as John McClane in ‘Die Hard’ propelled him to international fame and made him a Hollywood icon. During the late 1980’s, Bruce tried his hands as a recording artist, achieving average success. Moreover, in the early 1990’s, his film career took a backseat with several flops to his credit, including the highly sexualized thriller ‘Color of Night’ (1994). It was in 1994 that he gained back his indomitable status with his supporting role in Quentin Tarantino's ‘Pulp Fiction’. In the year 1996, Bruce produced the cartoon ‘Bruno the Kid’, which also featured a CGI representation of himself.
In 1998, he starred in ‘Armageddon’ the highest grossing film worldwide that year. The following year, Willis was seen in M. Night Shyamalan's film, ‘The Sixth Sense’, which grossed both commercial and critical success. He also appeared in the popular sitcom ‘Friends’ and won a 2000 Emmy for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor’ in a Comedy Series for his work. He also earned a nomination for the 2001 American Comedy Award for the same. Apart from his flourishing acting career, Bruce has also produced and co-produced a couple of projects, including ‘Sunset’ (1988), ‘The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course’ (2002), The Hip Hop Project (2007) and ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ (2007).
Personal life
Bruce Willis married popular American actress Demi Moore on 21st November 1987. After spending thirteen years of marital bliss, the couple finally separated in October 2000. They are parents to three daughters - Rumer Glenn Willis (born 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born 1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (born 1994). Though brewing rumors indicated that the couple intended to remarry, Moore has finally married actor Ashton Kutcher. Today, Willis has an apartment in New York City, a home in Malibu, a ranch in Montana and multiple properties in Sun Valley, Idaho.
1980 - The First Deadly Sin
1982 - The Verdict
1985 - A Guru Comes
1987 - Blind Date
1988 - The Return of Bruno
1988 - Sunset
1988 - Die Hard
1989 - That's Adequate
1989 - In Country
1989 - Look Who's Talking
1990 - Die Hard 2
1990 - Look Who's Talking
1990 - The Bonfire of the Vanities
1991 - Mortal Thoughts
1991 - Hudson Hawk
1991 - Billy Bathgate
1991 - The Last Boy Scout
1992 The Player
1993 - Death Becomes Her
1993 - National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
1993 - Striking Distance
1994 - North
1994 - Color of Night
1994 - Pulp Fiction
1994 - Nobody's Fool
1995 - Die Hard with a Vengeance
1995 - Four Rooms
1995 - Twelve Monkeys
1996 - Last Man Standing
1996 - Beavis and Butt-head Do America
1997 - The Fifth Element
1997 - The Jackal
1998 - Mercury Rising
1998 - Armageddon
1998 - The Siege
1998 - Apocalypse
1999 - Franky Goes to Hollywood
1999 - Breakfast of Champions
1999 - The Sixth Sense
1999 - The Story of Us
2000 - The Whole Nine Yards
2000 - The Kid
2000 - Unbreakable
2001 - Bandits
2002 - Hart's War
2002 - Grand Champion
2003 - Tears of the Sun
2003 - Rugrats Go Wild!
2003 - Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
2004 - The Whole Ten Yards
2004 - Ocean's Twelve
2005 - Hostage
2005 - Sin City
2006 - Alpha Dog
2006 - 16 Blocks
2006 - Fast Food Nation
2006 - Lucky Number Slevin
2006 - Over The Hedge
2007 - The Astronaut Farmer
2007 - Perfect Stranger
2007 - Grindhouse
2007 - Nancy Drew
2007 - Live Free or Die Hard
Television Shows
1984 - Miami Vice
1985 - The Twilight Zone
1985 -1989 - Moonlighting
1996-1997 - Bruno the Kid
1997 - Mad About You
1999 - Ally McBeal
2000 - Friends
2002 - True West

2005 - That '70s Show

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