Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis


3/19/1955, Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

Birth Name

Walter Bruce Willis


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Bruce Willis grew up in New Jersey. He attended Montclair State College and joined its theatre department. He did many auditions and finally landed a role in the play Heaven and Earth in 1977. This role gave Willis reason to quit school. From there, he moved to Hell's…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2000, Bruce won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series playing Paul Stevens on Friends.

    • In 1987, Bruce won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series playing David Addison on Moonlighting.

    • He was appointed by President George W. Bush as national spokesman for Children in Foster Care. (23 July 2002)

    • He was the only celebrity that attended Julia Roberts' wedding to Danny Moder.

    • He ad-libbed many of John McClane's one-liners in the Die Hard films.

    • He is the hero of singer Nick Lachey.

    • Was named Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. [February 2002]

    • Ranked #22 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

    • He was high school student council president for his school.

    • Due to complications in a surgery to fix a broken arm, Bruce has had a scar on his right shoulder since he was 17 years old.

    • After getting angry with a photographer who tried to take his photo as he was leaving a medical building in July 2008, Bruce threw water over the man's car as retaliation for getting too close to him. Naturally, the other paparazzo all took shots of him throwing the water!

    • Bruce received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony attended by his friends Don Johnson, Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Costner. (16 October 2006). The star is located on 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

    • Bruce bought 12,000 boxes of "Girl Guide" cookies from his daughter Tallulah, then 8, to send to American troops serving in Afghanistan in 2002.

    • Bruce was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Bald and Beautiful" section.

    • On June 15th 2006, a photographer filed a report with Los Angeles police alleging that Bruce assaulted him at an LA eatery. The photographer claims Bruce stiff-armed him outside the restaurant and shoved his camera in his face.

      Update June 28th 2006: Bruce is suing the photographer who said he assaulted him, claiming he made false and damaging claims. Bruce's lawsuit claims he "put his hand up in front of his face to shield his eyes from the blinding flash" and had never "shoved the photographer and pushed his camera into his face". The suit is seeking $1.35 million in damages.

    • Lives in Hailey, Idaho, where he owns The Mint bar and the Liberty Theater. He also owns the old Hailey Drug Store, but the building has been vacant and unused since the early 90s.

    • France made him an officer in Order of Arts and Letters (April 2005). "France pays homage to an actor who represents the force of American cinema and the power of emotions that he invites us to share on screens throughout the world", Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres said. "I'm nervous. Bonjour Paris," he replied.

    • Along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charlton Heston, Willis was one of very few Hollywood celebrities to publicly support the Iraq war. While visiting the troops in 2003 he offered $1 million of his own money for the man who would capture Saddam Hussein. When Hussein was captured it turned out that military rules prevent troops from collecting such a reward.

    • Has worked closely with two promising child stars: Miko Hughes in Mercury Rising (1998) and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999). The boys had major roles in the films opposite him.

    • Often supports the careers of other actors he has met on set, and asks they be given supporting roles on later films, most famously Michael Duncan Clake, whom he worked with on Whole Nine Yards, asked for him on Armageddon and and suggested him to the producers of The Green Mile. Other actors include - Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon, Bandits), Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun, Whole Ten Yards), Nick Chinlund (Tears of the Sun, The Kid) and Cole Hauser (Hart's War, Tears of the Sun). He also insisted on Matthew Perry for the 'Yards' movies, in return for appearing on Perry's Friends sitcom.

    • Honored in Paris for his contribution to the film industry, by the French government. The actor was made an Officier Dans L'ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Officer In The Order Of Arts And Letters) at a ceremony in the capital, where he was presented with his honor by French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. Donnedieu de Vabres said, "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." Willis replied in French that he was "very touched" to receive his medal, adding, "Thank you France and Culture Minister for this great, great honor." (13 April 2005)

    • In November 2005 he offered $1 million of his own money to anyone who turns in al-Qaeda terror leaders. The patriotic star will pay out for information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, Aiman Al-Zawaheri or Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the alleged brains behind the 9/11 attacks. Willis announced his reward on US television show Rita Cosby Live & Direct (2005), where he also slammed 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.

    • He and Linda Fiorentino were employed as bartenders in the early 1980s at the Kamikaze Club in New York City.

    • As of 2001, Bruce has been nominated for 4 Razzie Awards (which is a DIS-honor). He won two of them: 1992, 1999.

    • As of 2001, Bruce has been nominated for 5 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and has won three of them: 2 in 1999 and another in 2000.

    • In 2001, Bruce was nominated for an American Comedy Award for his recurring role on the hit NBC series Friends.

    • Bruce was nominated for a Saturn Award in 1999 and 2000.

    • Bruce appeared in the first series of Levis 501 Blues commercials around 1986. He's the one who spins around and looses his sunglasses.

    • Bruce is the lead singer of his own blues rock band, they're called Bruce Willis & The Accelerators.

    • Bruce and his band made two Motown albums in the late 80's. Return of Bruno (1987) which included the Top 10 cover of "Respect Yourself" - and 1989's If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger.

    • Bruce appreared in a Subaru Legacy commercial in Japan between 1992 and 1994.

    • In 2000, Bruce appeared in a print ad for Police sunglasses.

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

    • Bruce 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 his former wife Demi Moore and her part in the movie Striptease (1994).

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

  • Quotes

    • Bruce: (on how he deals with boys dating his daughters) I'm not hard at all. I just tell them I want to meet them - that's the only thing I ask for. I just give them that look, that little look. I always put one of them in charge. If they bring a little group of guys over to the house to have a pool party or whatever, I just say, 'Dude, what's your name?' and he says, 'Uh, Cinjun.' I say, 'Cinjun, you're in charge. If anything happens to one of my daughters I'm coming to you first, and then I'm going to kill all your friends right in front of you, and you'll be last.

    • Bruce: I'm a man and I will beat up anybody who tries to tell me that I am not a man just because my hair is thinning.

    • Bruce: (on "Die Hard 4") I need to get in shape… I need to work out. There is a high chance the film will be out next summer. We're in the final stages of getting it all together.

    • Bruce: I would rather run around naked than wear a Speedo.

    • Bruce Willis: I spoke to the Colombians. It's fine. I get passionate sometimes. I said Colombia because it was the first country to come to mind. The drug problem has as much to do with what's going on in this country. If there wasn't a demand, there wouldn't be a supply.

    • Bruce Willis: Never say never, but moving away didn't help our romance, that's for sure!

    • Bruce Willis: If the world was a nice little garden with little cottages around and we were killing bunny rabbits on screen, ... you would raise your hand and say 'This is a mistake.'

    • Bruce Willis: I haven't seen this many men dressed in women's clothing since my bachelor party.

    • Bruce Willis: Our marriage is like anybody's marriage, it goes through ups and downs. It's a little garden that you have to tend all the time. When we're home, it's not like we walk around all dolled up going, ''We are celebrities! We are famous!'' I change diapers. I clean up dog doo.

    • Bruce Willis: I remember saying when I was a kid, 50 seemed so old - 50 is, like, your life's over. And I'm in the best shape I've ever been in my life. I think we're all only as old as we feel in our heart. I feel about 24, 25 in my heart. And science being what it is and making enormous leaps and bounds - I'm counting heavily on science, let's just say that.

    • Bruce Willis: Just Timberlake is terrific in this film. I told him it's time to stop singing.

    • Bruce Willis: Ben Affleck (who plays A.J. Frost) and I got to actually go into the neutral buoyancy tank in actual $10 million spacesuits the astronauts wear in outer space, and that was pretty interesting.

    • Bruce Willis: When the world says 'please let us help,' extraordinary things begin to happen.

    • Bruce Willis: I wake up laughing. Yes, I wake up in the morning and there I am just laughing my head off.

    • Bruce Willis: Everybody, no matter how old you are, is around 24, 25 in their heart.

    • Bruce Willis: I like having the dough to come and go as I please.

    • Bruce Willis: There are, I think, three countries left in the world where I can go and I'm not as well-known as I am here. I'm a pretty big star, folks -- I don't have to tell you. Superstar, I guess you could say.

    • Bruce Willis: If you catch him, just give me four seconds with Saddam Hussein.

    • Bruce Willis: Too many children in foster care are falling through cracks. . . . Be a hero -- take the time learn about adoption today.

    • Bruce Willis: I've always had confidence. Before I was famous, that confidence got me into trouble. After I got famous, it just got me into more trouble.

    • Bruce Willis: On the one hand, we'll never experience childbirth. On the other hand, we can open all our own jars.

    • Bruce Willis: You can't undo the past... but you can certainly not repeat it.

    • Bruce Willis: My wife heard me say I love you a thousand times, but she never once heard me say sorry.

    • Bruce Willis: I'm staggered by the question of what it's like to be a multimilionaire. I always have to remind myself that I am.