Bruce Willis

Actor, Producer, Singer
Armed with good looks, an everyman appeal, and boundless self-confidence, actor Bruce Willis shot from obscurity to superstar status via both a hit television series and one of the most popular action-adventure films of ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1955

Filmography

Actor (133)

Rock the Kasbah 2015 (Movie)

Bombay Brian (Actor)

Vice 2015 (Movie)

Julian Michaels (Actor)

Wake 2015 (Movie)

(in negotiations) (Actor)

Altman 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Captive 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Expiration 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

Hartigan (Actor)

Labor of Love (Fox) 2014 (Movie)

(in talks) (Actor)

The Prince 2014 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

WWE Tribute to the Troops 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Day to Die Hard 2013 (Movie)

John McClane (Actor)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 (Movie)

General Joe Colton (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Fire With Fire 2012 (Movie)

Mike Cella (Actor)

Lay the Favorite 2012 (Movie)

Dink Heimowitz (Actor)

Looper 2012 (Movie)

Old Joe (Actor)

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

Captain Sharp (Actor)

The Cold Light of Day 2012 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

The Expendables 2 2012 (Movie)

Church (Actor)

Catch .44 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Set Up 2011 (Movie)

Biggs (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

His Way 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Frank Moses (Actor)

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

Mr. Church (Actor)

Surrogates 2009 (Movie)

Agent Thomas Greer (Actor)

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

Sonny Truelove (Actor)

Assassination of a High School President 2007 (Movie)

Principal Kirkpatrick (Actor)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

Muldoon("Planet Terror") (Actor)

Live Free or Die Hard 2007 (Movie)

John McClane (Actor)

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

Harrison Hill (Actor)

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

The Hip Hop Project 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

16 Blocks 2006 (Movie)

Jack Mosley (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Harry Rydell (Actor)

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

Mr Goodkat (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Over the Hedge 2006 (Movie)

Voice of RJ (Actor)

Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Jeff Talley (Actor)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

John Hartigan (Actor)

That '70s Show 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Dads with Bruce Willis 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: The Whole Ten Yards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole Ten Yards 2004 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Grand Champion 2003 (Movie)

(cameo) (Actor)

Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Spike (Actor)

Tears of the Sun 2003 (Movie)

Lieutenant A K Waters (Actor)

Hart's War 2002 (Movie)

Colonel William A McNamara (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Bandits 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

Joe Blake (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Russ Duritz (Actor)

Friends 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Whole Nine Yards 2000 (Movie)

Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski (Actor)

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

David Dunn (Actor)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Dwayne Hoover (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

Malcolm Crowe (Actor)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Ben Jordan (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Harry S Stamper (Actor)

Armageddon: Target Earth 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Franky Goes to Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

Art Jeffries (Actor)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

General William Devereaux (Actor)

Mad About You 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sylvester Stallone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

Korben Dallas (Actor)

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

The Jackal (Actor)

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Flex Appeal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

John Smith (Actor)

Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

James Cole (Actor)

Die Hard With A Vengeance 1995 (Movie)

John McClane (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

uncredited (Actor)

Color of Night 1994 (Movie)

Dr Bill Capa (Actor)

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

Carl Roebuck (Actor)

North 1994 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Butch Coolidge (Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

(uncredited) Home Owner (Actor)

Striking Distance 1993 (Movie)

Tom Hardy (Actor)

Death Becomes Her 1992 (Movie)

Ernest Menville (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

Bo Weinberg (Actor)

Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/10/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

Hudson Hawk (Actor)

Mortal Thoughts 1991 (Movie)

James Urbanski (Actor)

Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Joe Hallenbeck (Actor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

John McClane (Actor)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

of Mikey (Voice)

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Peter Fallow (Actor)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

In Country 1989 (Movie)

Emmett Smith (Actor)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

of Mikey (Voice)

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

John McClane (Actor)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

Tom Mix (Actor)

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Date 1987 (Movie)

Walter Davis (Actor)

Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pointer Sisters... Up All Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruno the Kid (TV Show)

Voice

Five Against a Bullet (Movie)

(Actor)

Moonlighting (TV Show)

Actor

Morgan's Summit (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Stories about Joan (Movie)

(Actor)

True West (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

("Lust For Life") (Song Performer)

The Whole Nine Yards 2000 (Movie)

("Tenth Avenue Tango") (Song)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

("Hudson Hawk Theme" "Hudson Hawk Theme (Instrumental)") (Song)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

("Daddy's Coming Home") (Song)
Producer (4)

The Hip Hop Project 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Touching Evil (USA) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Three Stories about Joan (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

Armed with good looks, an everyman appeal, and boundless self-confidence, actor Bruce Willis shot from obscurity to superstar status via both a hit television series and one of the most popular action-adventure films of all time. After beating out literally thousands of contenders, Willis' portrayal of wisecracking P.I. David Addison on "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) made him one of television's hottest leading men. It was, however, the character of indefatigable Det. John McClain in the blockbuster actioner "Die Hard" (1988) that solidified Willis as a legitimate action star - albeit one who ends up broken and bruised. There were periodic career slumps ahead, as evidenced by the colossal failures of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) and "Hudson Hawk" (1991). Still, as doggedly determined as McClane, Willis followed each low with stellar turns in successes like director Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Working with cinema's most commercially successful filmmakers, Willis helped deliver box office winners like director Michael Bay's "Armageddon" (1998) and the landmark thriller, "The Sixth Sense" (1999). Despite the end of his 13-year marriage to actress Demi Moore, the actor channeled his sense of humor in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) to fine effect. More than 20 years after entering the limelight, Willis remained one of film's most bankable stars in such hits as "Sin City" (2005), "Live Free or Die Hard" (2007) and "Red" (2010). Working constantly and playing to his strengths, the witty Willis enjoyed a career longevity that other action movie stars could only envy.

Relationships

Alma Willis

Step-Mother

Maria Bravo

Companion
Dated from 1999-2000

Brooke Burns Actor

Companion
Began dating in August 2003 Rumored to be engaged as of April 2004 Reportedly split in June 2004

Emma Heming Actor

Wife
Began dating in 2008 Married March 21, 2009 in a small, private ceremony at his home in Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos Islands

Demi Moore Actor

Wife
Met in August 1987 Married in a small ceremony in Las Vegas, NV and then again with friends and family on November 21, 1987 by singer-minister Little Richard Acted together in "Mortal Thoughts" (1991) Announced split in June 1998 Divorced Oct. 18, 2000; Moore re-married on Sept. 24, 2005 to Ashton Kutcher

Sheri Rivera

Companion
Lived together prior to his marriage to Moore Former wife of Geraldo Rivera

Emily Sandberg

Companion
Dated in the fall of 2000

Rumer Willis Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 16, 1988; mother, Demi Moore; named after British novelist Rumer Godden; acted in "The House Bunny" (2008) and "Striptease" (1996) alongside her mom

David Willis

Father
Appeared in "Die Hard 2" (1990) and "Mortal Thoughts" (1991) Divorced from Willis' mother in 1971

Scout Willis Actor

Daughter
Born July 20, 1991; mother, Demi Moore; first name came from child narrator of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird; appeared in "The Scarlet Letter" (1995) opposite her mom

Tallulah Willis Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 3, 1994; mother, Demi Moore; appeared with her mom in "The Scarlet Letter" (1995) and with Willis in "The Whole Ten Yards" (2004)

Marlene Willis

Mother
Worked in a bank Moved to California after her 1971 divorce from Willis' father

David Willis

Brother
Served as vice president of Willis' production company

Robert Willis

Brother
Formerly in partnership with Skyline Entertainment Died of pancreatic cancer at age 42 on June 26, 2001

E Willis

Grandfather
Willis named a building in Hailey, ID after him

Mabel Willis

Daughter
Born April 1, 2012; mother, Emma Hemming

Florence Willis Rogers

Sister

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Stella Adler

Penns Grove High School

Penns Grove , New Jersey 1973
Was student council president

Montclair State College

Montclair , New Jersey
Dropped out his junior year in 1977, when he was cast in an Off-Broadway play

Milestones

2013

Returned as John McClane in action thriller "A Good Day to Die Hard"

2013

Joined cast of action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" as General Joseph Colton

2013

Starred in "Red 2"

2012

Played the older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hit man character in "Looper"

2012

Co-starred with Rebecca Hall and Catherine Zeta-Jones in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer

2012

Cast as a police officer investigating the disappearance of preteen runaways in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom"

2012

Reunited with cast for action sequel "The Expendables 2"

2012

Co-starred with Henry Cavill and Sigourney Weaver in action thriller "The Cold Light of Day"

2010

Starred in "Red," an adaption of the comic book miniseries of the same name

2010

Teamed with Tracy Morgan for Kevin Smith's buddy cop film "Cop Out"

2010

Appeared in "The Expendables," an 80s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries; film featured ensemble of action stars including Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, and Arnold Schwarzenegger

2009

Starred in "Surrogates," based on the comic book of the same name

2007

Reprised role of John McClane in "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth installment in the popular "Die Hard" action franchise

2007

Co-starred in Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog," an independent feature about a real-life drug dealer

2006

Starred as an infamous assassin, opposite Josh Hartnett, in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"

2006

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)

2005

Co-starred in "Sin City," an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez

2004

Reprised role as Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski in "The Whole Ten Yards"

2003

Had lead in the action thriller, "Tears of the Sun," co-starring Cole Hauser and Monica Bellucci

2002

Starred alongside Colin Farrell in "Hart's War"

2002

Was executive producer of "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course"

2002

Executive produced and starred in the Showtime adaptation of Sam Shepard's play "True West"

2001

Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett in the comedy, "Bandits"

2000

With Arnold Rifkin, formed Cheyenne Enterprises

2000

Re-teamed with Shymalan for the film "Unbreakable"

2000

Played Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski, a hit man on the lam, in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards"

2000

Made three-episode guest appearance on the NBC sitcom "Friends" as a love interest for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)

1999

Played the starring role in M. Night Shymalan's supernatural thriller "The Sixth Sense"

1999

Played Dwayne Hoover in Alan Rudolph's lackluster "Breakfast of Champions"; Willis bankrolled project with brother David receiving producing credit

1999

Made uncredited guest appearance as a shrink on an episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal"

1998

Portrayed U.S. General William Devereaux in Edward Zwick's "The Siege"

1998

Played oil driller Harry Stamper in the Michael Bay-directed, "Armageddon"

1997

Starred in Luc Besson's sci-fi actioner "The Fifth Element"

1995

Played the lead role in Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys"

1995

Reprised his signature role of John McClane in the sequel "Die Hard With a Vengeance"

1994

Starred in and helped produce Richard Rush's disappointing "Color of Night"

1994

Won critical praise for his supporting turns in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" and Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool"

1992

Cast against type as the milquetoast doctor in "Death Becomes Her"; stepped into role when Kevin Kline dropped out

1992

Appeared as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1991

Co-founded Planet Hollywood restaurant franchise along with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone

1991

First screen credit as writer (provided story) for "Hudson Hawk"; also co-wrote "The Hudson Hawk Theme"

1991

First film with director Alan Rudolph, "Mortal Thoughts"; played a wife-beating bad guy; then-wife Demi Moore co-starred

1990

Again provided the voice of Mikey for the sequel "Look Who's Talking Too"; also co-wrote the song "Daddy's Coming Home"

1990

Reprised role of McClane in "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"

1989

Won praise for his portrayal of a Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison's "In Country"

1989

Voiced the thoughts of baby Mikey in the feature "Look Who's Talking"

1988

Breakthrough film role as John McClane in "Die Hard"

1988

First film as producer, "Sunset"; also played the role of Tom Mix; second film with Edwards

1987

Made feature film acting debut in Blake Edwards' "Blind Date"

1987

Headlined the HBO special "Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno"

1986

Released debut album The Return of Bruno, which included the hit single "Respect Yourself"

1985

Debuted as a series regular, playing David Addison opposite Cybill Shepherd, in ABC's "Moonlighting" ; earned Golden Globe (1986, 1988) and Emmy (1986) nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1984

Breakthrough stage role, replaced Ed Harris, in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love"

1980

Landed a part in Dennis Watlington's play "Bullpen" and performed in it for four years in various venues

1980

First screen appearance, an uncredited walk-on, in "The First Deadly Sin"

1977

Made theater debut in the off-Broadway production of "Heaven and Earth"

Worked as a bartender at NYC restaurants Chelsea Central and Cafe Central and the nightclub Kamikaze

Formed Night Owl Promotions

Bonus Trivia

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Willis received an honorary doctorate from Montclair State University.

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In 2002, Willis was named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University.

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On his NYC bartending days at Cafe Central, during which time he had acquired the nickname 'Bruno': "The bar was always six-deep. It was where a lot of celebs and movie-star types and wannabes hung out. If you're serving them drinks and you're drinking with them, it's a very fraternal feeling. They're not way up on a pedestal. It's four in the morning and they're probably half in the bag. So I didn't have to deal with that mystique." – Willis to Anthony Haden-Guest in Vanity Fair magazine, January 1991

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"I don't cheat, lie or go out of my way to mess people over, but I'm still amazed at the venal garbage that goes on in this town. People lie about you. People want to see you fail. It's so competitive here, you can see how much people want you to fail." – Willis quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 1993

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"Bruce to me, really suggests a 50's-style actor like an Aldo Ray or a Ralph Meeker or a young Burt Lancaster." – director Quentin Tarantino, quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 2, 1994

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"For a long time, I don't know if there was a lot of controversy SURROUNDING me, but it was certainly more interesting to throw rocks and dump trash on me than it was to say nice things about me. That kind of controversy sells more. And has since become, in the last ten years since they started writing about me, the norm." – Willis to Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 1995

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"Look, this is my face. If it's a curse, it's a curse. And I never said, hey, I'm smirking, America! Look at me! Love me! It's a little hook that they caught on and they've found a way to turn it against me and make it some negative thing, but that's how I smile. Nothin' I can do about it." – Willis on his famous smirk, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 1995

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"I AM a sensitive guy. People think they know the real me, but they don't. And then they write things that make me sound like such a schmuck." – Willis to Movieline magazine, August 1996

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"I never had the opportunity to play supporting roles. I went straight from starring in 'Moonlighting' to starring in 'Die Hard,' so when I was given the opportunity to do a couple of scenes with actors I admired, I did it. I did 'Death Becomes Her' because I wanted to work with Meryl [Streep] and Goldie [Hawn]. I did 'Billy Bathgate' for Dustin Hoffman. I did 'Nobody's Fool' because I wanted to work with Paul Newman. That was it; I didn't even read the script. Robert Benton called me and said, 'I'm doing this film with Newman.' And I asked him, 'Do I have any scenes with him?' He said, 'All your scenes are with him. Want to read it?' I said, 'No, I'm in. I'll do it.' And it was such a treat." – Willis to Elizabeth Snead in USA Today, Oct. 12, 1999

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"I think unless the hand of God intervenes, I'm going to go out as a bachelor. You're asked to stand up there and say, 'I promise to love you forever until death do us part.' You might as well be crossing your fingers when you say that. How can you possibly know where you're gonna be five years from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years from now?" – Willis to People magazine, March 10, 2005

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"It's hard for people to understand but we go on holidays together. We still raise our kids together. Demi is the mother of my children and Ashton is the stepfather of my children. I'm thrilled that Ashton turned out to be such a great guy. I love Demi, and I know she loves me." – Willis on his relationship with ex-wife Moore and her husband Kutcher, to Vanity Fair magazine, May 2007

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In February 2013, Willis was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest culture award in France.

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