Bruce Willis has had one of the longest running action careers of our generation.åÊHe was born Walter Bruce Willison in Germany in 1955, the son of an American soldier and German mother. After his father‰Ûªs discharge, the family moved to Carneys Point, New Jersey in 1957. Willis started performing in high school to help cope with a stutter. After high school, Willis worked a number of jobs, including bartender, security guard and private investigator(!).
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Willis made his off-Broadway debut inåÊHeaven and Earth. This led to other off-Broadway material, as well as a Levi‰Ûªs television commercial. He made his way to California to try his hand at television and film. Many believe his first major Hollywood work was an episode of the massively popularåÊMiami Vice. Willis actually speaks highly of his first work on film being in Paul Newman‰ÛªsåÊThe Verdict. Blink and you‰Ûªll miss him. Willis is sitting in the background while Newman‰Ûªs alcoholic lawyer argues a case. Even today, Willis says watching Newman was a great acting lesson.
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In a field of 3,000 other auditions, Willis landed the role of David Addison onåÊMoonlighting. The show was an instant success. He made two films with Blake Edwards before he was unleashed on the big screen as John McClane.åÊDie HardåÊwas a stunning success, creating a new (vulnerable) action star in a world of Stallones and Schwarzneggers. While his film and television career continued to blossom, the actor took a side trip into recording artist. He releasedåÊThe Return of Bruno. Bruno was his nickname when he tended bar. After a period where his film cred began to decline, Willis turned up inåÊPulp Fiction, reigniting his career as both actor and action hero. Since he has continued to impress in features likeåÊTwelve MonkeysåÊandåÊThe Sixth Sense. Willis married actress Demi Moore in 1987. They had three daughters, Rumer, Scout LaRue and Tallulah Bell. They divorced in October 2000. He is now married to model Emma Herning and has a fourth daughter, Mabel Ray. Besides acting and recording, Willis has made smart investments. He currently has a net worth of $150 million.