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Bruce Willis in Mykita

Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955), better known as Bruce Willis, is an American actor and film producer. His career began in television in the 1980s and has continued both in television and film since. One of his more popular roles was that of John McClane in the Die Hard series which were critical and financial successes. Willis has released several albums and has appeared in several television shows. He has also appeared in over sixty films, including Pulp Fiction, Sin City, 12 Monkeys, Armageddon, and The Sixth Sense.

Motion pictures featuring Willis have grossed US$2.55 to US$3.05 billion at North American box offices, making him the seventh highest-grossing actor in a leading role, and ninth highest including supporting roles.[1][2] Willis was married to actress Demi Moore and they had three daughters before their divorce in 2000 after thirteen years of marriage. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, and four-time Saturn Award-nominated actor.

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[edit] Early life

Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, the son of a Kassel-born German Marlene, who worked in a bank, and David Willis, an American soldier.[3][4] Willis was the eldest of four children: he has a sister Florence and a brother David. His brother Robert died of pancreatic cancer in 2001, aged 42.[5] After being discharged from the military in 1957, Willis’ father took his family back to Penns Grove, New Jersey, where he worked as a welder and factory worker.[6] His parents separated in 1972 while Willis was in his teens.[4]Willis attended Penns Grove High School in his hometown, where he encountered issues with a stutter.He used to be hatefully nicknamed Buck-Buck by his schoolmates.[7][6][8] Finding it easy to express himself on stage and losing his stutter in the process, Willis began performing on stage and his high school activities were marked by such things as the drama club and student council president.[6]

After high school, Bruce made friends with the BBZ in 1978 and still is today .Willis took a job as a security guard and he also transported work crews at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey.[9] He quit after a colleague was killed on the job, and became a regular at several bars.[6] Willis learned to play the harmonica and joined an R&B band called Loose Goose.[10] After a stint as a private investigator (a role he would play in the television series Moonlighting as well as in the 1991 film, The Last Boy Scout), Willis returned to acting. He enrolled in the drama program at Montclair State University, where he was cast in the class production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Willis left school in his junior year and moved toNew York City.[4]

Willis returned to the bar scene, only this time for a part-time job at the West Bank Cafe in New York City’sManhattan Plaza.[11][9] After multiple auditions, Willis made his theater debut in the off-Broadwayproduction of Heaven and Earth. He gained more experience and exposure in Fool for Love, and in a Levi’scommercial.

[edit] Career

Willis at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.

Willis left New York City and headed to California to audition for several television shows.[4] He auditioned for the role of David Addison Jr. of the television series Moonlighting (1985–89), while competing against 3,000 other actors for the position.[12] The starring role, opposite Cybill Shepherd, helped to establish him as a comedic actor, with the show lasting five seasons. During the height of the show’s success, beverage maker Seagram hired Willis as the pitchman for their Golden Wine Cooler products.[13] The advertising campaign paid the rising star between $5–7 million over two years. In spite of that, Willis chose not to renew his contract with the company when he decided to stop drinking alcohol in 1988.[14] One of his first major film roles was in the 1987 Blake Edwards film Blind Date alongside Kim Basinger and John Laroquette. Edwards would cast him again to play the real-life cowboy actor Tom Mix in Sunset. However, it was his then-unexpected turn in the film Die Hard that catapulted him to fame. He performed most of his ownstunts in the film,[15] and the film grossed $138,708,852 worldwide.[16] Following his success with Die Hard, he had a supporting role in the drama In Country as Vietnam veteran Emmett Smith and also provided the voice for a talking baby in Look Who’s Talking, as well as its sequel Look Who’s Talking Too.

In the late-1980s, Willis enjoyed moderate success as a recording artist, recording an album of pop-blues entitled The Return of Bruno, which included the hit single “Respect Yourself”,[17] promoted by a Spinal Tap-like rockumentary parody featuring scenes of him performing at famous events including Woodstock. Follow-up recordings were not as successful, though Willis has returned to the recording studio several times. In the early 1990s, Willis’ career suffered a moderate slump starring in flops such as The Bonfire of the Vanities, Striking Distance, and a film he co-wrote entitled Hudson Hawk, among others. He starred in a leading role in the highly sexualized thriller Color of Night (1994), which was very poorly received by critics but has become popular on video. However, in 1994 he had a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed Pulp Fiction, which gave a new boost to his career. In 1996, he was the executive producer of thecartoon Bruno the Kid which featured a CGI representation of himself.[18] He went on to play the lead roles inTwelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element. However, by the end of the 1990s, his career had fallen into another slump with critically panned films like The Jackal, Mercury Rising, and Breakfast of Champions, saved only by the success of the Michael Bay-directed Armageddon which was the highest grossing film of 1998 worldwide.[19] The same year his voice and likeness were featured in the PlayStation video gameApocalypse.[20]

In 1999, Willis then went on to the starring role in M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Sixth Sense. The film was both a commercial and critical success and helped to increase interest in his acting career. He won a 2000Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Friends (in which he played the father of Ross Geller’s much-younger girlfriend).[21] He was also nominated for a 2001 American Comedy Award (in the Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series category) for his work on Friends. Willis was originally cast as Terry Benedict in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) but dropped out to work on recording an album.[22] InOcean’s Twelve (2004), he makes a cameo appearance as himself. In 2007 he appeared in the Planet Terrorhalf of the double feature Grindhouse as the villain, a mutant soldier. This marks Willis’ second collaboration with director Robert Rodriguez, following Sin City.

Willis at German premiere of Over the Hedge on June 28, 2006.

Willis has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman several times throughout his career. He filled in for an ill David Letterman on his show February 26, 2003, when he was supposed to be a guest.[23] On many of his appearances on the show, Willis stages elaborate jokes, such as wearing a day-glo orange suit in honor of the Central Park gates, having one side of his face made up with simulated buckshot wounds after the Harry Whittington shooting, or trying to break a record (parody of David Blaine) of staying underwater for only twenty seconds. On April 12, 2007, he appeared again, this time wearing a Sanjaya Malakar wig.[24] His most recent appearance was on June 25, 2007 when he appeared wearing a mini-turbine strapped to his head to accompany a joke about his own fictional documentary entitled An Unappealing Hunch (a wordplay of An Inconvenient Truth).[25] Willis also appeared on Japanese Subaru Legacy television commercials.[26] Tying in with this, Subaru did a limited run of Legacys, badged “Subaru Legacy Touring Bruce”, in honor of Willis.

Willis has appeared in four movies with Samuel L. Jackson (National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Unbreakable) and both actors were slated to work together in Black Water Transit before dropping out. Willis also worked alongside his eldest daughter, Rumer, in the 2005 filmHostage. In 2007, he appeared in the thriller Perfect Stranger, opposite Halle Berry, the crime/drama filmAlpha Dog, opposite Sharon Stone, and marked his return to the role of John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard. His most recent role was in the film What Just Happened.

Willis appeared on the 2008 Blues Traveler album North Hollywood Shootout, giving a spoken wordperformance over an instrumental blues-rock jam on the track “Free Willis (Ruminations from Behind Uncle Bob’s Machine Shop)”. In early 2009, he appeared in an advertising campaign to publicize the insurance company Norwich Union’s change of name to Aviva.[27]

[edit] Upcoming films

Willis’ future projects include several films that will debut between 2009 and 2010. Willis was slated to play U.S. Army general William R. Peers in director Oliver Stone’s Pinkville, a drama about the investigation of the 1968 My Lai Massacre.[28] However, due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, the film was cancelled and Willis took up the film, The Surrogates, which is based on the comic book of the same name.[29]

Willis will star alongside Tracy Morgan in a comedy with a working title of A Couple of Dicks, directed byKevin Smith. The film is about two police detectives investigating the theft of a baseball card.[30] Release is set for January 2010.

[edit] Personal life

[edit] Marriages and family

At the premiere for the film Stakeout, Willis met actress Demi Moore, who was dating actor Emilio Estevez at the time. Willis married Moore on November 21, 1987 and had three daughters: Rumer Willis (b. 16 August 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (b. 20 July 1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (b. 3 February 1994) before the couple divorced on October 18, 2000. The couple gave no public reason for their breakup. Willis stated that his divorce made him feel that “I felt I had failed as a father and a husband by not being able to make it work” and credited actor Will Smith for helping him cope with the situation.[4][13] After their breakup, rumors persisted that the couple planned to re-marry, until Moore married the actor Ashton Kutcher, fifteen years her junior. Willis has maintained a close relationship with both Moore and Kutcher, even attending their wedding. Willis and Moore currently share custody of their daughters.[4]

Since the divorce he has dated models Maria Bravo Rosado and Emily Sandberg; he was engaged to Brooke Burns until they broke up in 2004 after ten months together.[12] He married Emma Heming in Turks and Caicos on March 21, 2009;[31]guests included his three daughters, Moore, and Kutcher. The ceremony was not legally binding, so the couple wed again in a civil ceremony in Beverly Hills six days later.[32] Willis has expressed interest in having more children.[4]

[edit] Religion

Bruce Willis was, at one point, Lutheran (specifically Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod); but no longer practices, after clarifying in a July 1998 interview with George magazine:

Organized religions in general, in my opinion, are dying forms”, he says. “They were all very important when we didn’t know why the sun moved, why weather changed, why hurricanes occurred, or volcanoes happened”, he continues. “Modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology. But there are people who interpret the Bible literally. Literally! I choose not to believe that’s the way. And that’s what makes America cool, you know?[33]

[edit] Business interests

Willis owns property in Los Angeles, the Trump Tower in New York City,[34] and 220 Riverside Boulevard at Trump Place,[35] as well as a home in Malibu, California, a ranch in Montana, a beach home on Parrot Cay inTurks and Caicos, and multiple properties in Sun Valley, Idaho.[4]

Willis owns his own motion picture production company called Cheyenne Enterprises which he started with his business partner Arnold Rifkin in 2000.[36] He also owns several small businesses in Hailey, Idahoincluding The Mint Bar and The Liberty Theater and is a co-founder of Planet Hollywood along with actorsArnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.[37]

[edit] Other interests

Willis, an avid New Jersey Nets fan, made controversial comments on April 29, 2007 during a live broadcast of a Nets home playoff game on TSN by saying a catch phrase from his Die Hard films, “Yipee-ki-aye-ay motherfucker”, at the end of the interview.[38][39] Reacting to the backlash, he later blamed his actions on jet lag, stating: “Sometimes I overestimate my ability to function under duress with less than enough sleep”.[13]

On May 5, 2007, someone using the screen name “Walter_B” started posting detailed responses onto Ain’t it Cool News, where people were discussing the fact that Live Free or Die Hard received a PG-13 rating, instead of an R rating like the earlier three Die Hard films.[40] The responses included detailed information on Live Free or Die Hard, which was yet to be released; the theme of the Die Hard film series, direct criticisms of other film crews and casts, and many film trivia answers. Many people were skeptical that “Walter_B” was indeed Willis, but on May 9, Willis revealed his identity on a video chat session (using iChat).[41][41]

[edit] Political views

In 1988 he and Moore actively campaigned for Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis’s Presidential bid. Four years later he supported President George H.W. Bush for reelection and he was a vocal critic of Bill Clinton. However, in 1996, he declined to endorse Clinton’s Republican opponent Bob Dole, because Dole had criticized Moore for her role in the film Striptease.[42] Willis was an invited speaker at the 2000 Republican National Convention,[43] and actively supported George W. Bush that year. He did not make any contributions or public endorsements in the 2008 Presidential campaign. In several June 2007 interviews, he declared that he still maintains some Republican ideologies but is currently an independent.[4][13]

In 2006, he proposed that the United States should invade Colombia in order to end the drug trafficking.[44]In several interviews Willis has said that he supports large salaries for teachers and police officers, and says that he is disappointed in the United States’ foster care and treatment of Native Americans.[42][45] Willis also stated that he is a big supporter of gun rights:

“Everyone has a right to bear arms. If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys.” Even a pacifist, he insists, would get violent if someone were trying to kill him. “You would fight for your life.”[46]

Willis has criticized the religious right and its influence on the Republican party. In February 2006, Willis appeared in Manhattan to talk about 16 Blocks with reporters. One reporter attempted to ask Willis about his opinion on current events but was interrupted by Willis in mid-sentence:

I’m sick of answering this fucking question. I’m a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government, I want less government intrusion. I want them to stop shitting on my money and your money and tax dollars that we give 50 percent of… every year. I want them to be fiscally responsible and I want these goddamn lobbyists out ofWashington. Do that and I’ll say I’m a Republican… I hate the government, OK? I’m apolitical. Write that down. I’m not a Republican.[47]

[edit] Military interests

Willis meeting members of the U.S. Navy on July 25, 2002

Throughout his film career, Willis has depicted several military characters in films such as The Siege, Hart’s War, Tears of the Sun, and Grindhouse. Growing up in a military family, Willis has been publicly supportive of the United States armed forces. In 2002, Willis’ youngest daughter, Tallulah, suggested that he purchase Girl Scout cookies to send to troops. Willis purchased 12,000 boxes of cookies, and they were distributed to sailors aboard USS John F. Kennedy and other troops stationed throughout the Middle East at the time.[48] In 2003, Willis visited Iraq as part of the USO tour, singing to the troops with his band, The Accelerators.[49]Willis considered joining the military to help fight the second Iraq war, but was deterred by his age.[50] It was believed he offered US$1 million to any civilian who turns in terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; in the June 2007 issue of Vanity Fair, however, he clarified that the statement was made hypothetically and not meant to be taken literally. Willis has also criticized the media for its coverage of the war, complaining that the press were more likely to focus on the negative aspects of the war:

I went to Iraq because what I saw when I was over there was soldiers — young kids for the most part — helping people in Iraq; helping getting the power turned back on, helping get hospitals open, helping get the water turned back on and you don’t hear any of that on the news. You hear, ‘X number of people were killed today,’ which I think does a huge disservice. It’s like spitting on these young men and women who are over there fighting to help this country.[51]

Willis stated in 2005 that he wanted to “make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy.”[52] The film would follow members of Deuce Four, the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, who spent considerable time in Mosul and were decorated heavily for it. The film is to be based on the writings of blogger Michael Yon, a former United States Army Special Forces Green Beretwho was embedded with Deuce Four and sent regular dispatches about their activities. Willis described theplot of the film as “these guys who do what they are asked for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom.”[53] He has not spoken publicly about his plans for this film since 2005.

[edit] Cultural references

In 1996, Roger Director, a writer and producer from Moonlighting wrote a roman à clef on Willis titled A Place to Fall.[54] Cybill Shepherd wrote in her 2000 autobiography, Cybill Disobedience, that Willis was angry at Director, because the character was written as a “neurotic, petulant actor.”

In 1998 Willis participated in Apocalypse, a Sony Playstation game. The game was originally announced to feature Willis as a sidekick, not as the main character. The company reworked the game using Willis’ likeness and voice and changed the game to use him as the main character.[20]

[edit] Filmography

[edit] Film

Year Film Role Notes
1980 The First Deadly Sin Man Entering Diner as Delaney Leaves Extra
1982 The Verdict Courtroom Observer Extra
1985 A Guru Comes Unknown role Extra
1987 Blind Date Walter Davis
1988 The Return of Bruno Bruno Radolini
Sunset Tom Mix
Die Hard John McClane
1989 That’s Adequate Himself Cameo
In Country Emmett Smith
Look Who’s Talking Mikey Voice only
1990 Die Hard 2 John McClane
Look Who’s Talking Too Mikey Voice only
The Bonfire of the Vanities Peter Fallow
1991 Mortal Thoughts James Urbanski
Hudson Hawk Eddie ‘Hudson Hawk’ Hawkins Also co-wrote plot and theme music
Billy Bathgate Bo Weinberg
The Last Boy Scout Joseph Cornelius ‘Joe’ Hallenbeck
1992 The Player Himself Cameo
Death Becomes Her Dr. Ernest Menville
1993 National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 John McClane Uncredited cameo
Striking Distance Tom ‘Tommy’ Hardy
1994 North Narrator
Color of Night Dr. Bill Capa
Pulp Fiction Butch Coolidge
Nobody’s Fool Carl Roebuck
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance John McClane
Four Rooms Leo Uncredited
Twelve Monkeys James Cole
1996 Last Man Standing John Smith
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Muddy Grimes Voice only
1997 The Fifth Element Korben Dallas
The Jackal The Jackal
1998 Mercury Rising Art Jeffries
Armageddon Harry S. Stamper
The Siege Major General William Devereaux
1999 Franky Goes to Hollywood Himself Short subject
Breakfast of Champions Dwayne Hoover
The Sixth Sense Dr. Malcolm Crowe
The Story of Us Ben Jordan
2000 The Whole Nine Yards James Stefan ‘Jimmy’ Tudeski
The Kid Russell ‘Russ’ Duritz
Unbreakable David Dunn
2001 Bandits Joe Blake
2002 Hart’s War Col. William A. McNamara
Grand Champion CEO Cameo
2003 Tears of the Sun Lieutenant A.K. Waters
Rugrats Go Wild! Spike Voice only
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle William Rose Bailey Cameo
2004 The Whole Ten Yards Jimmy ‘The Tulip’ Tudeski
Ocean’s Twelve Himself Cameo
2005 Hostage Jeff Talley Also co-producer
Sin City John Hartigan
2006 Alpha Dog Sonny Truelove
16 Blocks Jack Mosley Also producer
Fast Food Nation Harry Rydell
Lucky Number Slevin Mr. Goodkat
Over The Hedge RJ Voice only
2007 The Astronaut Farmer The Colonel Uncredited
Perfect Stranger Harrison Hill
Grindhouse Lt. Muldoon
Nancy Drew Himself Cameo
Live Free or Die Hard John McClane Also producer
2008 What Just Happened Himself
2009 Assassination of a High School President Principal Kirkpatrick
Surrogates Agent Greer Post-production
2010 A Couple of Dicks Unknown Pre-production[30]
2010 The Expendables Unknown Cameo Pre-production

[edit] Television

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Miami Vice Tony Amato Episode “No Exit
1985 The Twilight Zone Peter Jay Novins Episode “Shatterday
1985-1989 Moonlighting David Addison Jr. 67 episodes
1996-1997 Bruno the Kid Bruno the Kid Voice only
1997 Mad About You Amnesia patient Episode “The Birth Part 2″
1999 Ally McBeal Dr. Nickle Episode “Love Unlimited”
2000 Friends Paul Stevens Three episodes
2002 True West Lee Television movie
2005 That ’70s Show Vic Episode “Misfire”

[edit] Producer

Year Title Notes
1988 Sunset Co-executive producer
2002 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Producer
2007 The Hip Hop Project Executive producer

[edit] Discography

[edit] Awards and honors

Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Willis has won a variety of awards and has received various honors throughout his career in television and film.

  • For his work on the television show Moonlighting he won an Emmy (”Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series”) and a Golden Globe (”Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical”) plus received additional nominations for the show.[55]
  • He was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role in the film In Country
  • Maxim magazine had named his sex scenes in Color of Night (1994) as the best sex scenes ever in film history.[1]
  • In the 1999 drama/thriller film, The Sixth Sense, Willis won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award(”Favorite Actor – Suspense”) and the People’s Choice Award (”Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama”). He was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actor and received two nominations for the MTV Movie Awards for “Best Male Performance” and “Best On-Screen Duo”.[55]
  • In February 2002, Willis was awarded the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award from Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. According to the organization, the award is given to performers who give a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.[56]
  • Also in 2002, Willis was appointed as national spokesman for Children in Foster Care by PresidentGeorge W. Bush.[57] Willis wrote online: “I saw Foster Care as a way for me to serve my country in a system by which shining a little bit of light could benefit a great deal by helping kids who were literally wards of the government.”
  • In April 2006, he was honored by French government for his contributions to the film industry. Willis was named “Officier Dans L’ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres” (Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters) in a ceremony in Paris. The French Prime Minister stated “This is France’s way of paying tribute to an actor who epitomizes the strength of American cinema, the power of the emotions that he invites us to share on the world’s screens and the sturdy personalities of his legendary characters.”[58]
  • On October 16, 2006, Willis was honored with a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard and it was the 2,321st star awarded in its history. Willis, reacting to his reception of the star, stated “I used to come down here and look at these stars and I could never quite figure out what you were supposed to do to get one…time has passed and now here I am doing this, and I’m still excited. I’m still excited to be an actor.”[59]

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