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Bruce Willis BiographyGerman born, New Jersey raised US actor and musician well known for his film appearances as wise cracking or hard edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. The young Willis picked up an interest for the dramatic arts in high school, and was allegedly "discovered" whilst working in a cafÚ in NYC and then appeared in a couple of off-Broadway productions.
After countless auditions, Willis contributed minor film appearances, usually uncredited, before landing the role of private eye "David Addison" alongside sultry Cybill Shepherd in the hit romantic comedy TV series Moonlighting. The series firmly established Bruce Willis as a hot new talent, and his sarcastic & wise cracking PI was in effect a dry run for the role of hard boiled, NYC detective "John McClane" in the monster hit of 1988, Die Hard. This superbly paced action film balanced laconic humor and wholesale destruction as Willis' character single handedly battles a gang of ruthless international thieves in a Los Angeles skyscraper. Willis reprized the role of tough guy cop "John McClane" in the eagerly anticipated sequel Die Hard 2 set at snow bound Washington's Dulles International Airport as a group of renegade Special Forces soldiers seek to repatriate a corrupt South American general. Excellent box office returns demanded a further sequel Die Hard: With a Vengeance this time also starring Samuel L. Jackson as a cynical Harlem shop owner unwittingly thrust into assisting McClane during a terrorist bombing campaign on a sweltering day in NYC.
Willis found time out from all the action mayhem to provide the voice of "Mikey" the baby in the very popular family comedies Look Who's Talking, and its sequel Look Who's Talking Too also starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Over the next decade, Willis starred in some very successful films, some very offbeat films and some unfortunate box office flops. The Bonfire of the Vanities and Hudson Hawk were both large scale financial disasters that were savaged by the critics, and both are arguably best left off the CVs of all the actors involved, however Willis was still popular with movie audiences and selling plenty of theatre tickets with the hyper violent The Last Boy Scout, the darkly humored Death Becomes Her and the mediocre police thriller Striking Distance. During the 1990s, Willis also appeared in several independent and low budget productions that won him new fans and praise from the critics for his intriguing performances working with some very diverse film directors. He appeared in the oddly appealing North, as a cagey prize fighter in the Quentin Tarantino directed mega-hit Pulp Fiction, the Terry Gilliam directed apocalyptic thriller Twelve Monkeys, the Luc Besson directed sci-fi opus The Fifth Element and the M. Night Shyamalan directed spine tingling epic The Sixth Sense.
Willis next starred in the gangster comedy _Whole Nine Yards, The (2000)_qv), worked again with "hot" director M. Night Shyamalan in the less gripping Unbreakable, and in two military dramas, Hart's War and _Tears of the Sun (2003)_qv) that both failed to really fire with movie audiences or critics alike. However, Willis bounced back into the spotlight in the critically applauded Frank Miller graphic novel turned movie Sin City, the voice of "RJ" the scheming raccoon in the animated hit Over the Hedge and "Die Hard" fans rejoiced to see "John McClane" return to the big screen in the high tech Live Free or Die Hard aka "Die Hard 4.0".
Willis was married to actress Demi Moore for approximately thirteen years and they share custody to their three children.
SalaryLive Free or Die Hard (2007): $25,000,000
Hart's War (2002): $22,500,000
Unbreakable (2000): $20,000,000
The Kid (2000): $20,000,000
The Sixth Sense (1999): $14,000,000 (salary, gross and video participations)
The Siege (1998/I) (1999): $5,000,000
Last Man Standing (1996/I) (1999): $16,500,000
Four Rooms (1995): $0
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995): $15,000,000
Pulp Fiction (1994): $800,000
The Last Boy Scout (1991): $14,000,000
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990): $3,000,000
Look Who's Talking Too (1990): $10,000,000
Die Hard 2 (1990): $7,500,000
Look Who's Talking (1989): $10,000,000
Die Hard (1988): $5,000,000
TriviaWas high school student council president. He and Demi Moore announce they are ending their marriage of 11 years. No reasons given. [24 June 1998] Has three daughters with Demi Moore: Rumer Willis (b. 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (b. 1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (b. 1994). Appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) to advertise for Demi Moore's Striptease (1996) by doing his own undressing act.  Has been very vocal in his support of almost every major Republican candidate in recent history except Bob Dole. He felt that presidential candidate Dole was out of line in his attacks on Demi Moore and her part in the movie Striptease (1996). Stated he will no longer be doing violent action or "save-the-world" movies.  Memorial Day weekend, 1987: Was arrested after reportedly disturbing the peace and assaulting a police officer who was called to quiet a raucous party at his home. The charges were dropped after Willis agreed to apologize to his neighbors. Younger brother Robert died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 42.  Attended Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. His ineptness as a waiter forced him to become a bartender. Was born on a military base in Germany. Worked in a chemical factory before going to college. Ranked #3 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003). The scar on his right shoulder is from surgery due to complications from a broken arm when he was 17. He is the hero of singer Nick Lachey. Graduate of Penns Grove High School, Penns Grove, New Jersey. Class of 1973 who voted him "Most School Spirit." 20 October 2004 - Sued Revolution Studios for unspecified damages related to a blow to his forehead that he received during "ultrahazardous activity" involved in the filming of Tears of the Sun (2003). He claims that it has caused him extreme mental, physical and emotional pain and suffering. Plays the harmonica. After dating Brooke Burns for ten months and finally being engaged to her they decided to split because of the difficulties with maintaining a long-distance relationship. (2 June 2004) He has been special ambassador of his birth town Idar-Oberstein since his 50th birthday. Ten directors cast him at least twice in their films: Blake Edwards, Amy Heckerling, Rob Reiner, Robert Benton, John McTiernan, Alan Rudolph, M. Night Shyamalan, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Barry Levinson. Served as a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1992. In 2000 he was unable to narrate a biographical film of previous presidents to be shown at the RNC due to scheduling conflicts. Announced his intention to make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy. It will be based on the exploits of the heavily decorated members of "Deuce Four", the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, which has spent the past year battling insurgents in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul. Willis attended "Deuce Four"'s homecoming ball this month in Seattle, Washington, where the soldiers are on leave, along with Stephen J. Eads, the producer of Armageddon (1998/I) and The Sixth Sense (1999). The actor said that he was in talks about a film of "these guys who do what they are asked to for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom". Willis is likely to take on the role of the unit's commander, Lieutenant- Colonel Erik Kurilla (November 2005). In November 2005 he offered $1 million of his own money to anyone who turns in al-Qaeda terror leaders Osama Bin Laden, Aiman Al-Zawaheri or 'Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi', the alleged brains behind the 9/11 attacks. Willis announced his reward on the US television show "Rita Cosby Live & Direct" (2005), where he also criticized what he claimed to be "biased" media coverage of the Iraq war. His performance as John McClane in the "Die Hard" trilogy is ranked #46 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. Little Richard presided over his wedding to Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy was one of the bridesmaids. Turned down the role of Sam Wheat in Ghost (1990) because he didn't think the plot would work and that playing a ghost would be detrimental to his career. Ironically, he played a ghost in The Sixth Sense (1999), which was a critical success and is widely regarded as one of his best performances. In November 2000 he urged his fans to vote for Republican candidate George W. Bush in the presidential election. He told an interviewer, "If you guys vote for Al Gore, you're out of your minds ... Gore's a knucklehead ... just the lying and mendacity of the last eight years of the regime that Al Gore was a part and parcel of ... I mean, there is only so much lying the American people will take before they go, 'Uh, this doesn't seem like a good idea.' You have to look at what he does and what he stands for." Stepfather of his three daughters with Demi Moore is Ashton Kutcher. In 1988 Willis attended a fundraiser for a Democrat running for US Senate. In the following year he and Demi Moore worked with legislator Tom Hayden to shut down a nuclear power plant in California. In a Playboy interview near that time, citing water pollution and ozone depletion, he noted, "We are literally destroying the planet." He blasted then President Ronald Reagan for dubbing the Soviet Union "the evil empire." He said military corporations had killed the Kennedy brothers and were "setting up [Vice President] Bush to be the next President." Willis argued that "this country needs a leader who can say, 'I want to help the people.' " Who did he have in mind? Hayden, as it turned out. Then, one presidential election later, Willis was at the Republican National Convention in Houston - backing Bush. In Armageddon (1998/I), Willis is first seen driving golf balls at a Greenpeace ship protesting oil drilling - a self-mocking reference to his politics but also a reminder of his own dramatic flip-flop. Has been in eleven movies with numbers in the title: The First Deadly Sin (1980), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Four Rooms (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), 16 Blocks (2006), The Whole Ten Yards (2004), Die Hard 2 (1990), Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) and Ocean's Twelve (2004). During the Lebanon crisis Willis signed his name on an ad in the Los Angeles Times in support of Israel, along with Nicole Kidman and numerous other Hollywood celebrities. Huge supporter of NFL team New York Jets. Has named his acting idols as Robert De Niro, Gary Cooper, Steve McQueen and John Wayne. Maxim magazine had named his sex scenes in Color of Night (1994) as the best sex scenes ever in film history. Was considered for the role of Kyle Reese in The Terminator (1984). On March 21, 2009 Bruce married his girlfriend of a year, Emma Heming, at his home in Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos. He visited Michael Jackson on the set of filming the 'Smooth Criminal' segment for Moonwalker (1988). Also visiting the set was 'Gregory Peck' and Robert De Niro. Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in 4 films: "Die Hard With a Vengeance" (1995), "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1" (1993), "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Unbreakable" (2000). Admitted to Playboy Magazine in 1996 that he was once arrested at age 19 for possessing two joints. Met Demi Moore at a screening of Emilio Estevez's film Stakeout. Although she was seeing Estevez at the time, they married four months later.
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