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Bruce Willis

Bruce WillisAKA Walter Bruce Willis

Born: 19-Mar-1955
Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, Germany

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: See Note [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Die Hard

Bruce Willis was born on a U.S. military base in West Germany. He came to America at the age of two, when his father was discharged from service and his family settled in New Jersey. As a boy, Willis was a stutterer, a speech impediment he overcame through acting -- with study and rehearsal, the stuttering disappeared, and eventually it faded away off-stage as well. After high school, he worked as a truck driver and did other odd jobs, before deciding to go to college and make something of himself. He briefly studied drama at Montclair State College, but dropped out when it bored him. Willis took a slummy apartment in New York, where he worked odd jobs. He shared an apartment with another struggling actor, Linda Fiorentino, and made his film debut as an extra in The First Deadly Sin, with Frank Sinatra in his last leading role.

He replaced Ed Harris in Sam Shepard's off-Broadway play Fool For Love in 1984, then flew to Los Angeles when he thought had an inside track on a part in Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan. He didn't get the role, but ended up co-starred in Moonlighting, opposite Cybill Shepherd. His sparring with Shepherd made the series a big hit, and when the show ended after four years, Willis was the big star, Shepherd the afterthought. He has gone on to star in blockbusters like Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, and The Sixth Sense. He has also starred in some of Hollywood's biggest bombs in recent decades, including The Bonfire of the Vanities, Hudson Hawk, The Last Boy Scout, North, and Billy Bathgate.

Willis was fired as celebrity spokesman for Seagram's when he was arrested for drunken driving. In 1987, he was arrested for disturbing the peace and assaulting a police officer when a party at his home got out of hand. Charges were dropped after Willis apologized to police and his neighbors.

He is a co-founder of Planet Hollywood, and loudly supports Republican candidates. He was one of Hollywood's most outspoken supporters of the 2003 war with Iraq, and visited the troops there, offering a $1 million bounty for the soldier who captured Saddam Hussein. When Hussein was captured, it turned out that military rules prevent troops from collecting such a reward.

After a long, high-profile marriage to movie star Demi Moore, the couple divorced in 2000 but remain friends and are frequently seen together. Like most of Hollywood's "it" boys, Willis has a band (The Accelerators) and considers himself a rock'n'roller. His 1987 cover of "Respect Yourself" made the top ten.


[1] "I'm always being accused of being a Hollywood Republican -- but I'm not! I have just as many Democratic ideas as Republican ones." New York Daily News (Sep-2006)

Father: David Willis (mechanic)
Mother: Marlene
Brother: Robert Willis (b. 1959, d. 2001 pancreatic cancer)
Brother: David Willis (producer)
Sister: Flo Willis
Girlfriend:
Linda Fiorentino (actress, cohabited late 70s to early 80s)
Wife: Demi Moore (actress, m. 21-Nov-1987, div. 18-Oct-2000, three daughters)
Daughter: Rumer Willis (actress, b. 16-Aug-1988)
Daughter: Scout Larue Willis (b. 20-Jul-1991)
Daughter: Tallulah Belle Willis (actress, b. 3-Feb-1994)
Girlfriend: Maria Bravo Rosado (model, together 1998-2000)
Girlfriend: Rachel Hunter (model, together 2001)
Girlfriend: Alisha Klass (pornstar, together 2001)
Girlfriend: Eva Jasanovska (model, together 2002)
Girlfriend: Emily Sandberg (model, together early '00s)
Girlfriend: Nadia Bjorlin (actress, together early '00s)
Girlfriend: Brooke Burns (actress, together 2003-04)
Wife: Emma Heming (model, b. 18-Jun-1978, m. 21-Mar-2009, one daughter)
Daughter: Mabel Ray Willis (b. 1-Apr-2012)

    High School: Penns Grove High School, Penns Grove, NJ (1973)
    University: Montclair State College (dropped out)

    Planet Hollywood roughly 2% ownership
    Endorsement of Nike (2011)
    Endorsement of Seagram & Sons (1986-88)
    Endorsement of Trust Bank of Russia (2010)
    Endorsement of Visa (2001)
    Emmy Moonlighting, 1987
    Hollywood Walk of Fame (16-Oct-2006)
    Driving While Intoxicated
    Assault talked back to a cop, May-1997
    Wedding: Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell (1993)
    Risk Factors: Stuttering

    TELEVISION
    Moonlighting David Addison, Jr. (1985-89)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (19-Aug-2014)
    Red 2 (18-Jul-2013)
    G. I. Joe: Retaliation (27-Mar-2013)
    A Good Day to Die Hard (7-Feb-2013)
    Looper (6-Sep-2012) · Old Joe
    Fire with Fire (31-Aug-2012)
    The Expendables 2 (8-Aug-2012)
    Moonrise Kingdom (16-May-2012) · Capt. Sharp
    The Cold Light of Day (4-Apr-2012)
    Catch .44 (9-Dec-2011) · Mel
    Setup (20-Sep-2011)
    Red (29-Sep-2010) · Frank Moses
    I'm Still Here (6-Sep-2010) · Himself
    Cop Out (25-Feb-2010) · Jimmy
    Surrogates (24-Sep-2009) · Greer
    What Just Happened? (19-Jan-2008) · Actor
    Assassination of a High School President (17-Jan-2008) · Principal Jared T. Kirkpatrick
    Planet Terror (21-Jun-2007)
    Live Free or Die Hard (26-May-2007)
    Perfect Stranger (10-Apr-2007)
    Grindhouse (6-Apr-2007)
    Fast Food Nation (19-May-2006) · Harry Rydell
    Over the Hedge (29-Apr-2006) [VOICE]
    16 Blocks (1-Mar-2006)
    Lucky Number Slevin (24-Feb-2006)
    Alpha Dog (27-Jan-2006)
    Sin City (1-Apr-2005)
    Hostage (11-Mar-2005)
    The Whole Ten Yards (7-Apr-2004) · Jimmy
    Rugrats Go Wild! (1-Jun-2003) [VOICE]
    Tears of the Sun (3-Mar-2003) · Lt. A. K. Waters
    Grand Champion (Mar-2002)
    Hart's War (15-Feb-2002) · Col. William A. McNamara
    Bandits (12-Oct-2001) · Joe Blake
    Unbreakable (14-Nov-2000)
    The Kid (25-Jun-2000)
    The Whole Nine Yards (17-Feb-2000) · Jimmy Tudeski
    The Story of Us (13-Oct-1999) · Ben Jordan
    The Sixth Sense (2-Aug-1999)
    Breakfast of Champions (15-May-1999)
    The Siege (6-Nov-1998) · Gen. William Devereaux
    Armageddon (1-Jul-1998)
    Mercury Rising (1-Apr-1998) · Art Jeffries
    The Jackal (14-Nov-1997) · The Jackal
    The Fifth Element (9-May-1997) · Korben Dallas
    Beavis and Butthead Do America (20-Dec-1996) · Muddy [VOICE]
    Last Man Standing (20-Sep-1996) · John Smith
    Twelve Monkeys (27-Dec-1995) · James Cole
    Die Hard: With a Vengeance (19-May-1995) · John McClane
    Nobody's Fool (23-Dec-1994) · Carl Roebuck
    Pulp Fiction (14-Oct-1994) · Butch Coolidge
    Color of Night (19-Aug-1994)
    North (22-Jul-1994) · Narrator
    Striking Distance (17-Sep-1993) · Tom Hardy
    Death Becomes Her (31-Jul-1992) · Ernest Menville
    The Player (3-Apr-1992) · Himself
    The Last Boy Scout (13-Dec-1991)
    Billy Bathgate (1-Nov-1991) · Bo Weinberg
    Hudson Hawk (24-May-1991) · Hudson Hawk
    Mortal Thoughts (19-Apr-1991) · James Urbanski
    The Bonfire of the Vanities (21-Dec-1990)
    Look Who's Talking Too (14-Dec-1990) · Voice of Mikey [VOICE]
    Die Hard 2 (4-Jul-1990) · John McClane
    Look Who's Talking (13-Oct-1989) · Voice of Mikey [VOICE]
    In Country (7-Sep-1989)
    That's Adequate (Jan-1989) · Himself
    Die Hard (15-Jul-1988) · John McClane
    Sunset (29-Apr-1988) · Tom Mix
    Blind Date (27-Mar-1987) · Walter Davis

Official Website:
http://www.brucewillis.com/


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