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Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Walter Bruce Willis

March 19, 1955

Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

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BRUCE WILLIS BIOGRAPHY

The following biography is from Wikipedia.org “The Free Encyclopedia.”

 

Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955 as Walter Bruce Willis in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany) is a European American actor and singer.

 

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Birth name Walter Bruce Willis

Born March 19, 1955 (age 51)

 Idar-Oberstein, West Germany (U.S. Military Base)

Height 6 ft (1.83 m)

Notable roles John McClane in the

Die Hard series,

Joesph 'Joe' Cornelius Hallenbeck in

The Last Boy Scout,

Butch Coolidge in

Pulp Fiction,

Walter Davis in

Blind Date,

James Cole in

Twelve Monkeys,

The Jackal in

The Jackal,

Harry S. Stamper in

Armageddon,

Dr. Malcolm Crowe in

The Sixth Sense,

Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski in

The Whole Nine Yards,

John Hartigan in

Sin City,

Jeff Talley in

Hostage

Academy Awards

 

 

Won Emmy in 1987 (Outstanding Lead Actor category) in a Drama Series for an episode of Moonlighting which was 

 

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Biography

 

 Early life

Bruce Willis, was born in the back of a trailer in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, to an American father, David Willis, and a German mother, Marlene Willis. After being discharged from the military in 1957, David took his family back to Penns Grove, New Jersey, and he worked as a welder and factory worker. Bruce was the oldest of four children. He was always an outgoing youngster, although he grew up with a stutter. Finding it easy to express himself on stage, Willis began performing on stage and his high school memberships were marked by such things as the drama club and school council president.

 

Rather than go to college after graduation, Willis became a blue-collar worker, transporting work crews at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey. He decided to quit after a colleague was killed on the job, and thereafter became a regular at several bars. Willis also discovered an innate knack for playing harmonica, and did so for an R&B group, Loose Goose. After a stint as a bodyguard (which he actually plays in his 1991 movie, The Last Boy Scout), Willis returned to his original passion of acting. He enrolled in the drama program at Montclair State University, where he was cast as Brick in the class production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Jack Prince as Big Daddy, William Applegate as the doctor and Kevin J. Lynch as the Rev. Tooker. The ambitious junior finally decided to leave school in pursuit of more lucrative movie roles by heading for New York City.

 

Willis returned to the bar scene, only this time for a part-time job and as a way to meet New York celebrities. He is rumored to have been 'discovered' while working at the Museum Cafe on New York's Upper West Side. After countless auditions, Willis finally made his theater debut in the off-Broadway production of Heaven and Earth. He gained more experience and exposure in Fool for Love, a stint on television's Miami Vice, and a Levi's campaign.

 

 

 Career

He first found fame with his starring role in the hit TV series Moonlighting (1985–89) establishing himself as a comedic actor. However, it was his then-unexpected turn in the Die Hard series that catapulted him to fame. He also was successful in his turn as the voice of little Mikey in the Look Who's Talking series.

 

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", 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 does return to the recording studio from time to time.

 

In the early 90s, Willis' career suffered a moderate slump starring in flops such as The Bonfire of the Vanities and Hudson Hawk, among others. 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 produced the cartoon Bruno the Kid which featured a CGI representation of himself. He went on to play the lead roles in Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element. However, by the end of the '90s, 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 in the US.

 

In 1999, Willis achieved what could be considered the biggest success of his career with his starring role in M. Night Shyamalan's debut film, The Sixth Sense. The film was both a commercial and critical success and launched Willis' career to a new level of stardom.

 

He once had to appear in the hit sitcom Friends without pay, because he lost a bet to Matthew Perry, his co-star in The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards.

 

Willis also appeared on Japanese Subaru Legacy television commercials, optimising the car for sale, with the backing music of Jade from Sweetbox, "Addicted" and "Hate Without Frontiers".

 

He has finished filming the thriller Perfect Stranger, opposite Halle Berry, and will appear as an unscrupulous farmer in the film version of Fast Food Nation.

 

He is now filming his return to the role of John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard being directed by Len Wiseman.

 

 

 Personal life

Willis was married to actress Demi Moore from November 21, 1987 to October 18, 2000. The couple gave no public reason for their breakup. Willis and Moore had three daughters during their thirteen-year union: Rumer Glenn Willis (born 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (1994). Since their breakup, rumors persisted that the couple planned to re-marry, but Moore has since married Ashton Kutcher. He and Moore have maintained a close relationship.

 

Bruce was, at one point, Lutheran (specifically Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod); however, he is believed by some to now be an atheist or an agnostic. This is mostly because of a statement he made in the July 1998 issue of 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!" he says incredulously. "I choose not to believe that's the way. And that's what makes America cool, you know?"

Some reports from military officials suggest that Willis tried to enlist in the military to help fight the second Iraq war, but he was turned away because of his age. [1] He has offered $1 million to any civilian who turns in terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or (now the late) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.[2]

 

Willis has said that he wants to "make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy." [3] The film will 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 Beret who was embedded with Deuce Four and sent regular dispatches about their heroics.

 

Willis was one of few Hollywood celebrities to publicly support the Iraq War in 2003. He has endorsed every Republican presidential candidate except Bob Dole in 1996, because Dole had criticized Demi Moore for her role in the movie Striptease. Willis has attempted to play down his status as one of Hollywood's most outspoken Republicans, although he continues to vocally support the Iraq war and gun ownership. In February 2006, Willis appeared in Manhattan to talk about his new movie 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 f*cking 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 of Washington. 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.[4]

In a July 2006 interview with Alex Jones, film director Richard Linklater -- who believes that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were perpetrated by the United States government to erect a police state -- said he gave one of Jones's documentaries to Willis. Linklater said Willis had told him in an e-mail that the video had changed his entire political paradigm. "He said it put him in such a head space that he will be quiet on issues of national policy," Linklater said. [5] However, Michael Yon, a close friend of Willis confirmed that this was not true. After contacting him about the issue, Yon claimed:

 

Bruce got back to me this morning saying the press has misconstrued his statements and that this is untrue. Bruce said in part, “…the Linklater statements have been completely misconstrued, as usual by the media.” It’s clear that some media are just attaching Bruce’s name to gain traction. I will not talk about private communications so will keep this very brief by saying I know Bruce’s support for the troops is ongoing and, if anything, increasing. Bruce does not believe this conspiracy theory. [6]

In early 2006, Willis, who usually lives in Los Angeles, moved into an apartment located in the Trump Tower in New York City.[1] Willis also has a home in Malibu, CA, a ranch in Montana and multiple properties in Sun Valley, Idaho.

 

 

 Filmography

Year Title Role Notes

1980 The First Deadly Sin Unknown role 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

1990 Die Hard 2 John McClane

Look Who's Talking Too Mikey Voice

The Bonfire of the Vanities Peter Fallow 

1991 Mortal Thoughts James Urbanski 

Hudson Hawk Eddie 'Hudson Hawk' Hawkins 

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 Cameo

Striking Distance Tom 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 

Twelve Monkeys James Cole 

1996 Last Man Standing John Smith 

Beavis and Butt-head Do America Muddy Grimes Voice

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 

Apocalypse Trey Kincaid 

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 Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski Producer

The Kid Russell 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

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 Producer

Sin City John Hartigan

2006 Alpha Dog Sonny Truelove Post-production

16 Blocks Jack Mosley Producer

Fast Food Nation Harry Rydell 

Lucky Number Slevin Mr. Goodkat 

Over The Hedge RJ Voice Acting

2007 The Astronaut Farmer Unknown role Post-production

Perfect Stranger Harrison Hill Filming

Live Free or Die Hard John McClane Producer, in production

Morgan's Summit Unknown role Attached, pre-production

 

 

 Discography

The Return of Bruno, 1987, Razor & Tie, ASIN B000002ZB0.

If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger, 1989, Motown / Pgd, ASIN: B000008MAP.

Classic Bruce Willis: The Universal Masters Collection, 2001, Polygram Int'l, ASIN B00004OCPA.

 

 Miscellaneous

He filled in for an ill David Letterman on his show February 26, 2003, when he was supposed to be a guest. He interviewed Dan Rather in what he would later call "the most serious conversation of my entire life". On many of his appearances on the Letterman show, Willis stages elaborate jokes, such as wearing a day-glo orange suit in honor of the Central Park gates, or having one side of his face made up with simulated buckshot wounds after the Harry Whittington shooting.

Also on The Late Show with David Letterman, Willis was seen trying to break the holding your breath under water record (parody of David Blaine) staying under for only 20 seconds.

Owns The Mint Bar and The Liberty Theater in Hailey, Idaho

Judged the finals of the Miss Italy contest in 2005 in Salsomaggiore-Terme, Parma

Had the Subaru Legacy Touring Bruce automobile named in his honor in 1993 (due to his being a spokesperson for the Legacy in the Japanese market)

Has appeared in four movies with Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1). He is also currently working on the film Black Water Transit alongside Jackson due in 2007.

In 2006 proposed that, the United States should invade Colombia in order to end the drug trafficking.[7]

Is a co-founder of Planet Hollywood.

Insisted that he perform his own 'stunts' in the erotic-thriller, Color of Night.

Won a 2000 Emmy 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). 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. [2]

Won a 1987 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for an episode of Moonlighting which was largely comedic.

Owns his own motion picture production company called Cheyenne Enterprises

Signed his name on an ad in the Los Angeles Times in support of Israel, along with Nicole Kidman and numerous other Hollywood elites.

Has decided to forgo a hairpiece in Live Free or Die Hard to show that his character has aged. Also warned that he would beat up anyone that makes fun of his thinning hair.

Was originally cast as Terry Benedict in Ocean's Eleven (2001) but dropped out. In Ocean's Twelve (2003), he makes a cameo appearance as himself.

On October 16, 2006, Bruce was honored with a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard and it is the 2,321st Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 References

 

 Footnotes

1. SoFeminine.ca. Bruce Willis Moves Into Trump Towers. Retrieved on March 27, 2006.

2. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000246/awards

 

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