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Bruce Willis

Mostly Credited As: Bruce Willis
Sometimes Credited As: W.B. Willis

Birth Name: Walter Bruce Willis
Date Of Birth: March 19, 1955 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: Germany
Birth Place: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Bruce Willis


Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955 in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, to an American father (David Willis) and a German mother (Marlene Willis). He has 3 younger siblings. In 1957, his father moved the family to Penns Grove, New Jersey, where Willis grew up. He stuttered as a child, but he has outgrown that. In high school, Willis was a member of the drama club, and was school council president. After high school, he became a blue collar worker in Deepwater, New Jersey instead of going to college. However, when a co-worker was killed on the job, Willis quit and was unsure of his career path at that point. He hung out in bars and impressed friends with his talent for playing the harmonica, which he performed in a band called “Loose Goose”. Besides this, he also spent some time working as a bodyguard, but he was still interested in the idea of acting.

He entered Montclair State University and studied drama there for a while, but quit school to go to New York City and pursue an acting career. Working in a bar to pay the bills, he made his theater debut in “Heaven and Earth”, an off-Broadway play. He earned a guest spot on the show, Miami Vice, and also got work in a Levi's jeans advertising campaign. Finally, he got his first starring role on the hit TV show, Moonlighting (1985–89), which led to his role in the Die Hard movie, and later its sequels. He was also the voice of little Mikey in the Look Who's Talking films, and in the late1980s, achieved moderate success with his musical career as well.

He faced a career slump in the early 90s, starring in a string of unsuccessful films, but his supporting role in Quentin Tarantino's acclaimed Pulp Fiction (1994) helped revive his career. He also had success in films such as Armageddon (1998), and director M. Night Shyamalan's first film, The Sixth Sense. Around this time, he also had a guest role on the sitcom Friends.

Willis married actress Demi Moore in 1987, but they were divorced in October of 2000. They had three daughters during their thirteen-year marriage, named Rumer Glenn Willis (born 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (1994). Willis is currently single, and spends his time in Los Angeles, New York City, his ranch in Montana, and a home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Moonlighting (1985)As: David Addison Jr.
The Emmy Awards (1949)As: Himself (Host 1987)
Episode Cast Credits 

The League of S.T.E.A.M (2009) 
  Now You See Me. . . 03x01: (Aug/26/2014) Voiced  TBA 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Bruce Willis, the Gaslight Anthem 21x173: (Aug/18/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bruce Willis, Brian Regan, the Heavy 19x184: (Aug/30/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bruce Willis, will.i.am with Nicki Minaj 18x18: (Oct/04/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bruce Willis, Ne-Yo 17x86: (Feb/01/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Paul McCartney, a Top Ten List presented by Bruce Willis 16x177: (Jul/15/2009) As Himself (as Top Ten Presenter) 
  Bruce Willis, Sia 16x42: (Nov/13/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bruce Willis, Tony Parker, diving dogs 14x165: (Jun/25/2007) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Jason Randal 14x123: (Apr/12/2007) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Goldfrapp 13x145: (May/17/2006) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, The Strokes 13x106: (Feb/27/2006) As Himself 
  Show #2452 13x39: (Nov/03/2005) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Greg Giraldo 12x113: (Mar/04/2005) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Renee Askins 11x118: (Apr/06/2004) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Dan Rather, Carmen Electra, Brian Kiley 10x98: (Feb/26/2003) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Will Ferrell 07x25: (Oct/11/1999) As Himself 
  Tom Brokaw, Ice Cube, Natalie Imbruglia 05x122: (Apr/02/1998) As Himself (cameo) 
  Bruce Willis, LeAnn Rimes & Bryan White 05x96: (Feb/13/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Murray, Alison Eastwood, Matchbox 20 05x45: (Nov/13/1997) As Himself (cameo) 
  Bruce Willis, Elizabeth Hurley, Maxwell 04x144: (May/05/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Jeff Gordon 04x103: (Feb/18/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Kids Tell Jokes, Dan O'Brian, Brian Setzer Orchestra 03x184: (Jul/04/1996) As Himself (cameo) 
  Bruce Willis, Christine Wilson, Jimmy Buffet 03x177: (Jun/25/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Show #0483 03x44: (Nov/09/1995) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Show #0377 02x158: (May/10/1995) As Himself 
  Show #0251 02x32: (Oct/11/1994) As Himself 
  Show #0217 01x217: (Aug/17/1994) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Steven Wright 01x11: (Sep/13/1993) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Bruce Willis/Katy Perry 39x03: (Oct/12/2013) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  Bruce Willis/Neil Young 15x01: (Sep/30/1989) As Himself (Host) 

Daybreak (2010) 
  July 30, 2013 03x230: (Jul/30/2013) As Himself 
  July 23, 2013 03x225: (Jul/23/2013) As Himself 
  February 15, 2013 03x113: (Feb/15/2013) As Himself 
  October 21, 2010 01x34: (Oct/21/2010) As Himself 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) 
  Bruce Willis, June Shannon, Mayer Hawthorne 05x110: (Jul/16/2013) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  February 6, 2013 07x119: (Feb/06/2013) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  May 23, 2012 13x144: (May/23/2012) As Himself 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 2, Show 27 02x27: (Oct/19/2010) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Bruce Willis 15x127: (Oct/05/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bruce Willis 12x86: (Jun/26/2007) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis 10x33: (Mar/09/2005) As Himself 
  Matthew Perry 09x49: (Apr/06/2004) As Himself 

Family Guy (1999) 
  Brian's Got a Brand New Bag 08x04: (Nov/08/2009) As Officer John McClane (Footage from “Die Hard”) 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Bruce Willis, Fearne Cotton, Pete Doherty, Arcade Fire 12x14: (Jun/29/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  The Raconteurs, David Cameron, Bruce Willis 10x13: (Jun/23/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Early Show (1999) 
  Health News; Bruce Willis 08x213: (Jun/27/2007) As Himself 
  Season 7, Episode 186 07x186: (May/22/2006) As Himself 

Good Morning America (1975) 
  Will Schwalbe, Bruce Willis 32x158: (Apr/11/2007) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Bruce Willis, presidential impersonator Steve Bridges 09x101: (May/29/2006) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis 09x45: (Mar/03/2006) As Himself 
  Season 8, Episode 134 08x134: (Mar/11/2005) As Himself 
  Season 7, Episode 157 07x157: (Apr/09/2004) As Himself 

That '70s Show (1998) 
  That '70s Show: The Final Goodbye (May/11/2006) As Himself 
  Misfire 08x04: (Nov/16/2005) As Vic 

Kids' Choice Awards (US) (1988) 
  19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 19x01: (Apr/01/2006) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Bruce Willis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dropkick Murphys 13x84: (Feb/28/2006) As Himself 
  Bruce Willis, Jamie King, Regina Spektor 12x93: (Mar/10/2005) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Bruce Willis/Constance Marie 02x122: (Mar/08/2005) As Himself 

Parkinson (2004) (2004) 
  Bruce Willis, Bob Geldof 02x01: (Feb/12/2005) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Bruce Willis 08x04: (Oct/28/2001) As Himself 

Where Are They Now? (1999) 
  The 80's 02x15: (Sep/21/2000) As Himself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 52nd Annual Emmy Awards 52x01: (Sep/10/2000) As Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (for 'Friends': episode 'The One with the Ring') 
  The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 39x01: (Sep/20/1987) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for 'Moonlighting') 

Friends (1994) 
  The One With the Ring 06x23: (May/11/2000) As Paul 
  The One Where Paul's the Man 06x22: (May/04/2000) As Paul 
  The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad 06x21: (Apr/27/2000) As Paul 

Ally McBeal (1997) 
  Love Unlimited 02x12: (Jan/18/1999) As Dr. Nickle 

Mad About You (1992) 
  The Birth (2) 05x24: (May/20/1997) As Himself 

Roseanne (1988) 
  Dear Mom and Dad 01x22: (Apr/18/1989) As Himself, [Uncredited]

American Bandstand (1957) 
  AB now in syndication: Jody Watley / Dan Hill 31x01: (Sep/19/1987) As Himself, [Uncredited]

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 44x01: (Jan/31/1987) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (for 'Moonlighting') 

The Twilight Zone (1985) (1985) 
  Shatterday 01x01: (Sep/27/1985) As Peter Jay Novins 

Miami Vice (1984) 
  No Exit 01x06: (Nov/09/1984) As Tony Amato 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Touching Evil (US) (2004)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Trivia

Bruce's recording of "Respect Yourself" reached #5 in January of 1987.

Bruce lost his job as Seagram's spokesperson when he was arrested for drunken driving.

Bruce has been 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 his ex-wife Demi Moore and her part in the film Striptease.

Was the first actor to ever "act" in a video game. No one before has ever done voice work along with having their movements digitally added to the game.

In 2001 he stated he will no longer be doing violent action or "save-the-world" movies.

The scar on his left shoulder isn't actually a scar at all. His shoulder is just strained from his days of high school wrestling. Wrestling also gave him the thick neck he has now.

Wears his watch upside down with the face on the inside of his hand. This is also visible in many movies he's done where they haven't requested him to flip it over.

According to friends, Bruce had a terrible stammer as a child.

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.

Shortly after his divorce from wife of almost 13 years, Demi Moore, he began dating model Emily Sandberg.

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