Born In: Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Walter Bruce Willis, illustrious as Bruce Willis, is a retired American actor famous for portraying versatile roles. While he shot to fame with his portrayal of David Addison Jr. in the television series ‘Moonlighting,’ he is better known for his action and dramatic roles in films like ‘Die Hard’ and ‘The Sixth Sense.’ As a youngster, he had a stuttering problem and took to stage performances in order to overcome this issue. Coming from a family of blue-collar workers, he took up a number of menial jobs before venturing into professional acting. After going through a period as a struggling actor, he finally landed his first gig in an off-Broadway production of ‘Heaven and Earth.’ He made his entry into television by winning the role of David Addison Jr. in the series ‘Moonlighting’ after competing against 3000 other contenders. Soon, the ambitious actor got his lead role in ‘Blind Date.’ However, it was his portrayal of John McClane in ‘Die Hard’ that catapulted him to superstardom. The actor also tried his hand at singing and released a pop-blues album called ‘The Return of Bruno’ which enjoyed moderate success. In March 2022, the actor's family announced his retirement from showbiz after he was diagnosed with aphasia.
Also Known As: Walter Bruce Willis
father: David Willis
mother: Marlene K
siblings: David Willis, Flo Willis, Robert Willis
Born Country: Germany
Ancestry: German American
Notable Alumni: Montclair State University
Founder/Co-Founder: Planet Hollywood
education: Montclair State University
After struggling to find work, he finally got a chance to perform in the off-Broadway production ‘Heaven and Earth’ in 1977. More stage appearances followed, including a lead role in ‘Bullpen.'
Following his success on stage, he auditioned for the role of David Addison in the television series ‘Moonlighting.’ He beat 3000 other contenders to win the role. The series ran from 1985 to 1989, and made Willis a star.
Bruce Willis got his first lead role in 1987, in the romantic comedy ‘Blind Date.’ The movie was a financial success, even though it mostly received negative reviews.
An established action hero, Bruce Willis took up several roles in the late-2010s and appeared in movies like ‘Extraction’ (2015), ‘Marauders’ (2016), ‘First Kill’ (2017), ‘Death Wish’ (2018), and ‘Reprisal’ (2018).
Bruce Willis played a private detective in the television comedy drama ‘Moonlighting’ which not only showcased his acting skills to the world but also won him numerous awards and nominations.
Bruce Willis won the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ in 1987, for his role in the television series ‘Moonlighting.’ He also won ‘The Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Actor – Television Series Comedy’ for the same role.
He was given the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series’ in 2000, for his role as Paul Stevens in the popular sitcom ‘Friends.’
Bruce Willis and actress Demi Moore got married in 1987, and had three daughters, namely Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. Willis and Moore got divorced in 2000.
In March 2022, the actor's family announced his retirement from showbiz after he was diagnosed with aphasia.
Bruce Willis was a frequent guest on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’
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|1987||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Moonlighting (1985)|
|2000||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Friends (1994)|
|1987||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Moonlighting (1985)|
|2000||Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama||Winner|
|1986||Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program||Winner|
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