|Full name||Bruce Walter Willis biography.com|
|Nickname(s)||• Buck-Buck NY Times
• Geezer Teasers CBR
|Profession(s)||• Actor (retired)
|Famous role||• David Addison Jr. in Moonlighting (1985–1989)
• John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988–2013)
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.8 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 92 kg
in pounds- 202 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 42 Inches
- Waist: 35 Inches
- Biceps: 14 Inches
|Debut||Film: The First Deadly Sin (1980)
TV: Moonlighting (David Addison Jr.) (1985 to 1989)
Album: The Return of Bruno (1987)
Broadway: William Goldman's adaptation of Stephen King's novel, Misery (2015)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Moonlighting
• Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy for Moonlighting
• 1987: Golden Apple Awards honored with the Sour Apple.
• 1994: Maxim magazine ranked his sex scene in Color of Night the No. 1 sex scene in film history
• 2000: American Cinematheque Gala Tribute honored Willis with the American Cinematheque Award
• 2002: The Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals – given to performers who give a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment
• 2005: Golden Camera Award for Best International Actor by the Manaki Brothers Film Festival.
• 2006: Honored by the French government for his contributions to the film industry; appointed an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters in a ceremony in Paris; the French Prime Minister stated,
"This is France's way of paying tribute to an actor who epitomizes the strength of American cinema, the power of the emotions that he invites us to share on the world's screens and the sturdy personalities of his legendary characters."
• 2011: Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame
• 2013: Promoted to the dignity of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters on February 11 by French Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti
|Date of Birth||March 19, 1995 (Saturday)
|Age (as of 2023)||68 Years|
|Birthplace||Idar-Oberstein, West Germany|
|Hometown||New Jersey, USA|
|School||Penns Grove High School (graduated 1973)
|College/University||Montclair State University|
|Educational Qualification||Drama Program WIRED - YouTube|
|Religion||Previously a Lutheran Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church|
|Food Habit||Non-vegetarian Bruce Willis - Instagram|
|Political Inclination||Republican Business Insider|
|Hobbies||Sports, travel and fitness|
|Tattoo(s)||• Right Upper Arm: Daughter's Name
• Left Chest: Dragon Tattoo
• Right Chest: Greek-themed Tattoo
• Undisclosed Tattoo: The tattoo is in an undisclosed location from East Side Tattoo
|Controversies||• Selling Face Rights
According to reports from Forbes, Bruce Willis participated in a deepfake project alongside Deepcake, a company that specializes in creating lifelike videos using AI and machine learning. The project was an advertising campaign for Megafon, a Russian telecommunications company. Although rumors circulated that Willis had sold the rights to his face to Deepcake, he later refuted these allegations. BBC
• Worst Movie of Bruce Willis Award
In 2021, just before the filming of "Out of Death," Bruce Willis's role and dialogue were reduced, and all his scenes were scheduled to be shot in a single day. This change was made at short notice, just days before Willis was due to appear on set. Unfortunately, Willis's performances in eight movies released in 2021 were so subpar that the Golden Raspberry Awards, an annual show that recognizes the year's worst movies and performances, created a new category specifically for him. However, the category was later withdrawn by the Golden Raspberry Awards due to the inappropriateness of awarding it to someone whose performance was impacted by a medical condition. Deadline
• Misfiring of Bullets
Regarding the incident on the set of "Hard Kill," actress Lala Kent alleged that Bruce Willis fired a gun at the wrong time twice, leaving her with no time to react. However, the film's producer and armorer refuted Kent's account. Kent explained that during the scene, she was supposed to be in danger, and then her on-screen father was meant to save her by firing his gun. However, she had her back to him and was supposed to duck after he delivered his line but before he fired the gun. Daily Mail
• Forgetting Roles
During filming of White Elephant in 2021, two crew members claimed that Bruce Willis asked them directly, "I know why you're here, and I know why you're here, but why am I here?" Additionally, director Jesse V. Johnson had a brief encounter with Willis before shooting began in Georgia in April of that year and noticed a change in his demeanor.
• Randall Emmett's Abusive Behaviour
There are allegations that producer Randall Emmett knew about Willis' health issues but still pressured him to work. However, Bruce Willis' attorney, Martin Singer, denied these accusations, saying,
“My client continued working after his medical diagnosis because he wanted to work and was able to do so, just like many others diagnosed with aphasia who are capable of continuing to work,” Singer, 70, told the Los Angeles Times for an article published on Thursday, June 30. “Because Mr. Willis appeared in those films, they could get financed. That resulted in literally thousands of people having jobs, many during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Bruce Willis, prior to his retirement, worked with producer Randall Emmett on a number of films, including Midnight in the Switchgrass, which was Emmett's first time directing. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, Emmett informed his then-fiancée Lala Kent that Willis was having difficulty during the movie's production. Kent remembers her former fiancé telling her in a phone call, which was overheard by two other witnesses, "I can't keep doing this. It's just so sad. Bruce can't remember any of his lines. He doesn't know where he is." Despite this, the producer of The Irishman denied any knowledge "of any decline in Mr. Willis' health" in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. The alleged phone call to Kent took place in September 2020, well before Willis' health struggles became public. However, according to Alicia Haverland, a property master on Midnight in the Switchgrass, the actor's condition was an open secret on the film set. US Magazine
• Kevin Smith Apologizes to Bruce
Following Bruce Willis's retirement announcement due to his aphasia diagnosis, Kevin Smith apologized for his previous negative comments about the actor. In 2011, Smith directed Willis in the movie "Cop Out" and referred to the experience as "soul-crushing". He had also made negative remarks about Willis's failure to participate in a poster shoot and had made jokes about harming himself or others during the production of the film. In light of Willis's retirement, Smith recognized that his comments were "petty" and expressed remorse for any harm caused. Variety Magazine
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||• November 21, 1987 (Demi Moore)
• 2004 (Brooke Burns; engaged)
• 21 March 2009 (Emma Heming)
|Girlfriend/Affairs||Brooke Burns (American fashion model, game show host, actress, and television personality)
|Wife/Spouse||• Demi Moore (Actress) (separated on June 24, 1998; divorced on October 18, 2000)
• Emma Heming (Actress and Model)
|Children||Daughter- 5 (3 with Demi Moore and 2 with Emma Heming)
With Demi Moore-
• Rumer Glenn (Actress) (b. August 1988; eldest)
• Scout LaRue Willis (Actress) (b. in 1991; middle child)
• Tallulah Belle (Actress) (b. in 1993; youngest)
With Emma Heming-
• Mabel Ray (b. 2012; younger)
• Evelyn Penn (b. 2014; elder)
|Parents||Father- David Willis (ex-American Soldier, Unskilled worker)
Mother- Marlene (Bank Employee)
|Siblings||Brother- • David Willis (Film Producer) (younger)
• Robert (dead) (Younger)
Sister- Florence (younger)
|Film||Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2, Spartacus, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Bullitt, The Great Escape, On the Waterfront, The Last Picture Show, and Patton|
|Car Collection||• 1967 Chevy Corvette
• 1968 Shelby GT500
• 1968 Dodge Charger
• 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400
• 1954 Chevrolet 3100
• 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
• 1988 Lincoln Limousine
• 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad
• Land Rover Range Rover
• Cadillac Escalade
• 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Le Mans Edition
|Bike Collection||• 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000DS
• Yamaha dirt bikes (XT 350 and a TW200 Trailway)
• 1972 Harley-Davidson Sportster Ironhead XLH
• 1962 Cushman Eagle
|Salary (approx.)||$20-25 million per movie The Things|
|Assets/Properties||• Houses in Los Angeles and Penns Grove, New Jersey Washington Post
• Apartment at Trump Tower Washington Post
• Apartment at Riverside South, Manhattan Observer
• House in Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles Dirt Magazine
|Net Worth (approx.)||$250 million as of 2023 Parade|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Bruce Willis
- Bruce Willis, an American actor who gained popularity for his portrayal of David Addison Jr. in the comedy-drama series Moonlighting (1985-1989), went on to establish himself as an action hero with his iconic performance as John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988-2013). Willis is now retired from acting.
- After joining the drama club at Penns Grove High School, Bruce Willis found his passion for acting, which later led him to become a renowned American actor.
- Bruce Willis was an active member of the drama club during his school days and eventually became the student council president. Later, he attended Montclair State University and was cast in a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. However, he left school in 1977 before completing his degree.
- Although Bruce Willis was previously a Lutheran Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, he no longer practices the religion. In a July 1998 interview, he stated:
Organized religions in general, in my opinion, are dying forms. They were all very important when we didn’t know why the sun moved, why weather changed, why hurricanes occurred, or volcanoes happened. Modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology. But there are people who interpret the Bible literally. Literally! I choose not to believe that’s the way. And that’s what makes America cool, you know?”
- Bruce Willis and his then-wife Demi Moore supported Democratic Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis’s Presidential campaign in 1988. However, four years later, he endorsed President George H. W. Bush’s re-election and spoke out against Bill Clinton. He gave a speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention and supported George W. Bush during the 1996 elections.
- In 2006, Willis expressed his belief that the United States should increase its involvement in Colombia to combat drug trafficking.
- During interviews, Willis advocated for higher salaries for teachers and police officers. He has also expressed disappointment with the US foster care system and the treatment of Native Americans. Additionally, he supports the right to bear arms, stating that legal gun owners have that right and that taking guns away only leaves them in the hands of bad actors.
- While Willis did not endorse or contribute to the 2008 presidential campaign, he stated in interviews conducted in June 2007 that he still held some Republican beliefs.
- On August 17, 2006, Willis’s name appeared in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times denouncing Hamas and Hezbollah and supporting Israel during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. In 2012, he publicly stated that he held unfavorable views toward Mitt Romney.
- After graduating from high school in 1973, Bruce Willis worked as a security guard at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant and transported crew members at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey. He later became a private investigator before pursuing acting.
- Upon moving to New York in the early 1980s, Willis worked as a bartender at Kamikaze, a Manhattan-based art bar.
- Willis was chosen from a pool of 3,000 actors for the role of David Addison Jr. in the television show Moonlighting, which aired from 1985 to 1989. His work on the show earned him an Emmy award in 2000 for his role as the father of Ross Geller’s girlfriend on Friends. He went on to star in the 1987 film Blind Date, followed by Sunset (1988), where he played cowboy actor Tom Mix. However, it was his role as John McClane in Die Hard (1988) that propelled him to stardom. He continued to star in successful films such as Pulp Fiction (in the role of Butch Coolidge) (1994) and The Sixth Sense (1999) as Dr. Malcolm Crowe.
- Willis has also worked on animated films, including the 1996 cartoon Bruno the Kid, where he served as the executive producer and starred as a CGI version of himself. He also starred in Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996) and made a cameo appearance as himself in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019).
- Aside from acting, Willis has lent his voice to several films. He played the talking baby in Look Who’s Talking (1989) and its sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too (1990). He also voiced RJ the Raccoon in Over the Hedge (2006) and provided his voice and likeness to the character Trey Kincaid in the PlayStation video game Apocalypse (1998).
- Cheyenne Enterprises, a film production company, was founded by Willis and Arnold Rifkin in 2000. However, Willis resigned from the company and left Rifkin solely in charge after the release of Live Free or Die Hard.
- Aside from his film endeavors, Willis owns small businesses in Hailey, Idaho, including The Mint Bar and The Liberty Theater (later donated to Sun Valley Center for the Arts). He was also one of the original promoters of the restaurant chain Planet Hollywood, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, receiving payment through an employee stock ownership plan.
- In 2009, Willis entered into an agreement to become the international spokesperson for Sobieski Vodka, a Belvedere SA-owned brand, in exchange for a 3.3% stake in the company.
- On March 30, 2022, Willis’s family announced his retirement due to his diagnosis of aphasia, a condition caused by damage to the brain’s language comprehension and expression center. The Guardian On February 16, 2023, his family announced that he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. CNN According to the family, Willis’s condition has “advanced,” and communication difficulties are only one of the symptoms.
- Despite struggling with stuttering during his youth, Willis discovered that his stuttering lessened after joining his school’s drama club.
- Willis’s experience as a real-life private investigator influenced his performances in the comedy-drama series Moonlighting and the action-comedy film The Last Boy Scout.
- According to People Magazine, Willis performed the majority of his own stunts for the Die Hard series.
- Bruce Willis has been inspired by acting role models such as Gary Cooper, Robert De Niro, Steve McQueen, and John Wayne.
- Although initially offered the role of Terry Benedict in Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Willis dropped out to focus on recording an album. He later made a brief appearance as himself in the sequel Ocean’s Twelve (2004).
- Throughout his career, Willis has made several appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, including filling in for the ailing host on February 26, 2003.
- In honor of Willis’s appearance in Japanese Subaru Legacy TV commercials, a limited production of Legacy was made called “Subaru Legacy Touring Bruce.”
- Prior to Michael Keaton’s casting, Willis was a contender for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film Batman, according to DC Movies Fandom.
- Comedian Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore roasted Willis on a Comedy Central program that aired on July 29, 2018. During the show, Willis put an end to the long-debated topic of whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie by stating that it is not.
- Willis co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in five films, including National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, and Glass.
- In 2005, Willis worked with his eldest daughter Rumer in the film Hostage.
- Bruce Willis made an appearance in the music video for Gorillaz’s song “Stylo”.
- During the filming of a scene in Die Hard, Willis fired a loud blank from his gun without earplugs, resulting in him losing about two-thirds of the hearing in his left ear.
- In The Expendables, Willis portrayed the character of CIA agent “Mr. Church” alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, marking their first on-screen appearance together.
- On October 12, 2013, Katy Perry was the musical guest when Willis hosted Saturday Night Live.
- According to Buzzfeed, Willis is left-handed.
- Will Smith provided support to Willis during his divorce from Hollywood actress Demi Moore. Despite the divorce, Willis maintained a close relationship with both Moore and her subsequent husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, even attending their wedding.
- Willis exchanged vows with his wife Emma Heming twice. The couple had a non-legally binding ceremony followed by a civil ceremony in Beverly Hills just six days later.
- In 1996, Willis declined to endorse Clinton’s Republican opponent Bob Dole after Dole criticized Willis’s then-wife, Demi Moore, for her role in the film Striptease.
- As a military family member, Willis donated 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the United States armed forces in 2002. Willis’s 8-year-old daughter, Tallulah, suggested the idea to him, and the cookies were distributed to sailors aboard USS John F. Kennedy and other troops stationed in the Middle East.
- During his visit to Iraq in 2003 as part of the USO tour, Willis sang to the troops with his band, The Accelerators.
- Despite considering joining the military to assist in the second Iraq War, Willis was dissuaded by his age, as per CNN.
- Bruce’s hand and footprints can be seen at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in LA.
- Bruce is fond of animals and has a pet dog too.
- In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Bruce as the national spokesperson for Children in Foster Care. Willis wrote online, “I saw Foster Care as a way for me to serve my country in a system by which shining a little bit of light could benefit a great deal by helping kids who were literally wards of the government,” as per the White House – Official Website.
- Bruce Willis received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 16, 2006, which marked the 2,321st star in its history. The star is located at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard. During the reception, he expressed his excitement and shared,
“I used to come down here and look at these stars and I could never quite figure out what you were supposed to do to get one…time has passed and now here I am doing this, and I’m still excited. I’m still excited to be an actor.”
- In the past, it was rumored that Willis offered a reward of US$1 million to anyone who could provide information leading to the capture of terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, even non-combatants. However, he clarified in the June 2007 issue of Vanity Fair that his statement was only hypothetical and was not meant to be taken literally. Willis has also expressed his dissatisfaction with the media’s coverage of the war and believes that they tend to focus on the negative aspects of the conflict, ignoring the soldiers’ positive contributions.
- During his free time, Bruce Willis enjoys engaging in watersports, especially kayaking, and skiing.
- He has been cast in low-budget movies targeting older audiences, sometimes referred to as “geezer teasers,” according to a leading magazine. CBR
- As of his retirement in March 2022, Willis had finished filming eleven movies that were yet to be released, as reported by Slate Magazine. Slate Magazine
- For his role in the first Die Hard film, Willis reportedly earned $5 million, The Things while he received $7.5 million for Die Hard 2, which grossed approximately $240 million. He is said to have earned $15 million for Die Hard 3, which brought in a massive $360 million in ticket sales.
- In 1999, Willis allegedly accepted a pay cut from his regular $20 million fee to receive an upfront salary of $14 million and a share of the back-end profits for his role in The Sixth Sense.
- In an interview, Willis mentioned that he does not have a Twitter account because he does not know how to use it.
- There have been rumors that Willis was not paid for his three-episode guest appearance on Friends in Season 6, where he played the father of Ross’s college-aged girlfriend, due to a bet he made with Matthew Perry. Cheat Sheet This rumor has been both confirmed and denied by Willis and Perry, respectively. Willis reportedly donated all the money he earned from Friends to several charities, including The American Foundation for AIDS Research, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Rape Treatment Center, and UCLA Unicamp for underprivileged children.
- Bruce Willis’ 1968 Dodge Charger, a rare “Bullitt” edition which was previously owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay, was put up for auction. The car was originally purchased by Willis’ ex-wife, Demi Moore, in 1998, and was later sold to Jay Kay. The car is equipped with a massive 8.2-liter engine which underwent a $32,000 rebuild in 2014.
- One of the four cars that were auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum in 2008 was Bruce Willis’ 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400.
- At the Petersen Automotive Museum auction in 2008, Bruce Willis sold his 1957 ‘Vette. This car was part of the first generation (1953-1962) and was the first model with an optional “Ramjet” fuel-injection system.
- Bruce Willis’ 1988 Lincoln limousine, which was not a muscle car, was auctioned off alongside two muscle cars at a 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction. The car was used during the filming of Willis’ TV series “Moonlighting” and “Die Hard.”
- In January 2018, Bruce Willis auctioned off his Le Mans Edition Bentley, which was the first of only 48 produced.
- Bruce Willis’ body double, Pablo Perillo, bears a striking resemblance to the actor.
- During the peak of his fame on “Moonlighting,” Bruce Willis was paid $5-7 million over two years to promote Seagram’s Golden Wine Cooler products. However, Willis declined to renew his contract when he quit drinking alcohol in 1988, although he occasionally drinks wine with his meals. US Magazine
- Bruce Willis is a non-vegetarian who occasionally drinks alcoholic beverages. Bruce Willis – Instagram