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Biography and Filmography of Bruce Willis

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Bruce Willis describes himself by saying, "I'm really just a regular guy who has had an incredibly blessed life."

The regular guy attitude connected with millions of fans when Bruce got the role of David Addison in the television show Moonlighting from 1985-89. Playing opposite acting veteran Cybil Shepard, Willis won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as well as a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical. He said, "The show was about attitude and great writing."

Willis has never been short on attitude, even when he was a nightclub bartender in New Jersey. He says, "The voice I have always listened to is my own, for good or bad. I've always had confidence. Before I was famous that confidence got me into trouble. After I got famous, it just got me into more trouble."

Bruce Willis
Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955 in Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany. His dad, David Willis, was a U.S. soldier. His mom, Marlene K, was born in Kaufungen, Germany. Bruce was Marlene and David's first-born. He has a sister named Florence and a brother named David. He lost his brother, Robert, to pancreatic cancer in 2001. David Willis moved the family to Carneys Point, New Jersey in 1957 after he was discharged from the military. Marlene worked at a bank and Bruce's dad worked as a welder and master mechanic. Willis began having a stutter while attending Penns Grove High School. Classmates called him Buck-Buck. Acting allowed him to express himself and he joined the drama club. "When I acted I was being a different person. The emotional trigger that caused me to stutter... stopped when I could act."

Movies starring Bruce Willis have grossed about $3 billion in total so far. The Die Hard franchise, currently standing at five films with a sixth planned, has grossed about $700 million. Willis is considered the ninth highest-grossing actor in a leading role and has a net worth estimated at $150 million. He began as an extra in the early eighties while still working as a bartender. He appeared in Miami Vice and the Twilight Zone before landing his role on the comedy thriller television series Moonlighting. His movie career skyrocketed in 1988 with the first Die Hard movie when it grossed more than $138 million worldwide. He has appeared in 93 movies and was a producer for seven films. He wrote the story for the 1991 movie Hudson Hawk. Willis has said of the Die Hard franchise, "After I did the first Die Hard I said I'd never do another, same after I did the second one and the third. The whole genre was running itself into the ground."

Willis's open and honest manner is an endearing characteristic and his off the cuff comments are not limited to the subject of movies. He once said of the difference between men and women, "On the one hand, we'll never experience childbirth. On the other hand, we can open all our own jars."

He says that he has dated very little and considers himself more of a relationship person. He met Demi Moore at the premier of the movie Stakeout and they married less than a year later on November 21, 1987. They have three daughters: Rumer Willis, born 1988, Scout LaRue Willis, born 1991, and Tallulah Belle Willis, born in 1994. Bruce and Demi divorced in 2000, but have always remained close. He attended her marriage to Ashton Kutcher and she and Ashton attended his March 21, 2009 marriage ceremony to model Emma Heming. The ceremony was not legally binding and they wed in a civil ceremony six days later. He and Emma have one daughter, Mabel Ray Willis, born in 2012.

He has been nominated for a number of awards throughout the years, but has won very few aside from those he gained from Moonlighting.


1980 The First Deadly Sin
1980 Ein Guru kommt
1982 The Verdict
1984 Miami Vice
1985 The Twilight Zone
1985-9 Moonlighting
1987 The Return of Bruno
1996 Bruno the Kid
1999 Ally McBeal
2000 Friends
2002 True West
2005 That '70s Show
2008-9 Late Show with David Letterman


1996 Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie
2006 Hammy's Boomerang Adventure

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1998 The Fifth Element
1998 Apocalypse



1987 Blind Date
1988 Sunset
1988 Die Hard
1989  In Country
 1989  Look Who's Talking
 1990  Die Hard 2
 1990  Look Who's Talking Too
 1990  Bonfire of the Vanities
 1991  Mortal Thoughts
 1991  Hudson Hawk
 1991  Billy Bathgate
 1991  The Last Boy Scout
 1992  Death Becomes Her
 1993  Loaded Weapon 1
 1993  Striking Distance
 1994  Pulp Fiction
 1994  North
 1994  Color of Night
 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
 1999  Breakfast of Champions
 1999  The Sixth Sense
 1999  The Story of Us
 2000  The Whole Nine Yards
 2000  The Kid
 2001  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  Lucky Number Slevin
 2006  16 Blocks
 2006  Over the Hedge
 2006  Fast Food Nation
 2006  The Astronaut Farmer
 2007  Grindhouse
 2007  Perfect Stranger
 2007  Die Hard 4.0
 2007  Nancy Drew
 2008  Planet Terror
 2008  Assassination of a High School  President
 2008  What Just Happened
 2009  Surrogates
 2010  Cop Out
 2010  The Expendables
 2010  RED
 2011  The Black Mamba
 2011  Setup
 2011  Catch .44
 2012  Lay the Favorite
 2012  The Cold Light of Day
 2012  Moonrise Kingdom
 2012  The Expendables 2
 2012  Fire With Fire
 2012  Looper
 2013  A Good Day to Die Hard
 2013  G.I. Joe: Retaliation
 2013  RED 2
 2013  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
 2014  American Assassin
 2015  Die Hardest




May 10, 2013 8:05am
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