We all know Bruce Willis, a very popular and multi-talented actor. He is mainly popular for his great acting skills and his gracefulness in drawing different types of roles. In simple words, he is known for being one of the most versatile actors in the Hollywood industry. His actual breakthrough took place when he drew the character named David Addison Jr. in the popular television series named Moonlighting. Since he is counted under the list of the most versatile actors of the Hollywood industry, and he is also mostly recognized for his role in movies based on action and dramas. For instance, he played the role of Jhon McClane’s character in Jhon McTierenan’s directed movie named Die Hard. He also played a major role in the movie named The Sixth Sense.
Like many others, he also had a stage fear and wanted to overcome that to succeed in his future career. To do so, he made his first appearance on stage. Being born and bought up in a waged family, he took up many odd jobs to support his family. A few years later, he started his career of being a professional actor. His days of struggle lasted for a few years. It finally ended with the release of the popular movie named Heaven and Earth. It was an off-Broadway production. Other than being a part of the big screen, he made his entry into the small screen industry with the role of the character named David Addison Jr. He played a role in the television series named Moonlighting. He won the role of the iconic character for his graceful acting. He conquered over 3000 other participants. With his hard work, he earned another popular role in the movie named Blind Date. In this movie, he played the role of the character named Walter Davis.
He came into the limelight with the iconic role of the character named John McClane in the movie name Die Hard. With his graceful acting and his way of drawing a character, not only is he counted as one of the most versatile actors of the Hollywood industry, but he is also regarded as one of the highest-grossing artists of the Hollywood industry. Not only does he limit himself to acting, but he ventured out his skills in singing. He also has his album of pop-blues named The Return of Bruno. The album receives not much but moderate success.
Born on the 19th of March in 1955 in the city of Idar Oberstein, which is in Rhineland Palatinate, was the very popular Walter Bruce Willis or, as we may say, Bruce Willis. His father was by profession an American Soldier and his mother named Marlene, was a popular singer of her time in German. The elder one had three other siblings, who were two brothers and a sister. After his father retired from the defense field in 1957, he joined the job of a welder in a factory in New Jersey, where they later settled. His mother later worked in the bank there. Talking about his schooling, he completed his high school years at the popular school named Penns Grove High School. Being one of the most popular students, he earned the position of council president.
Unlike many others, his career did not start with playing supporting roles in any movies or television shows. From a very young age, he started his doing odd jobs to support his family. For instance, he worked as a security guard at a power plant factory named Salem Nuclear Power Plant. He also worked as a private investigator in many cases. After a few years, he got enrolled in the famous state university named Montclair State University. In that university, he pursued the drama course. But shortly, in his junior year, he withdrew himself from the course to pursue his passion that is acting in the beautiful city of New York. Other than being a popular student in his school days, he also attended a theatrical program named Stella Adler Conservatory. The course spanned three years held in New York.
Like many others, he also struggled to find roles and characters to portray on screen. Looking for work here and there, finally, in 1977, he found a role as a major character in a popular television series named Heaven and Earth. After the success of this television show, he got other offers to play major as well as supporting roles in many television shows and movies. For instance, he played a role of a supporting character in Frank Sinatra’s movie named The First Deadly Sin. After a couple of years, he was offered a minor role in the movie named The Verdict. In this movie, he starred with the very popular Pual Newman. Other than that, he also made a few television appearances in different shows, namely Hart to Hart and Miami Vice.
Followed by that, for his graceful acting, he was offered the lead role in the popular television series named Moonlighting. He drew the character named David Addison, who by profession was an investigator. It is said that to earn the role, he beat out somewhere around 3000 artists. In that movie, he co-starred with Cybil Shepherd, who played the role of the character named Maddie Hayes. The whole story rotates around a crime and two detectives working for the company named Blue Moon Detective Agency. The show had its final episode telecasted in the month of May 1989. With having such a great storyline as well as a great cast, the show was a hit for the popular channel named ABC. Other than that, this also earned him many major and minor roles.
Other playing major and supporting roles in popular television series, he also played the role of the lead character in the movie named Blind Date, which was released in 1987. Though for some reason or the other, the movie received some negative reviews, it was a great box-office success. With being in the lead roles on and off, he received his first breakthrough with the release of the movie named Die Hard in 1988. The role which he was offered was already turned down by two popular stars, namely Sylvester Stallone as well as by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which leads to catching the attention of the audience. But offering him the role made the character more iconic as with his graceful acting, he added some warmth and humor to the role of the character named John McClane. Though he earned $5milllion from the role, it was enough for a struggling actor in the Hollywood industry. The director was so impressed with his graceful acting that he was cast in the second installation of the movie, which was named Die Hard 2. The second installation was more successful as compared to the first one in terms of both commercials as well as critical success.
But as fate may happen, his career came to a stop when he played a role in a line of flop movies that were released in the early 1900s. These movies included The Bonfire of the Vanities, which was released in 1990; Hudson Hawk, which was released in 1991; and then Color of Night which was released in 1994. Followed by a line of movies of box-office failure, he made his comeback in 1994 with Quentin Tarantino’s movie named Pulp Fiction. In this movie he played, the role of the character named Butch Coolidge, who by profession was a boxer. With the success of this movie, he earned some modest revenue of $1,685 per week. Other than that, the movie made huge box-office success and was recorded as the highest-grossing movie earning more than $100million.
With the success of this movie, his career rose, and he made an appearance in a few hit movies, for instance, the third installation of the popular series Die Hard, which was named Die Hard: With a Vengeance which was released in 1995. After a few years, he played the role of a major character in the popular science fiction movie named Armageddon with a cast including popular stars, namely Ben Affleck, Live Tyler Owen Wilson, and Keith David. This movie made a huge box office success and was regarded as the highest-grossing film of the year. In the following year, that is, in 1999, he played the role of a major character in M. Night Shyamalan directed movie named The Sixth Sense. In that movie, he played the role of the character named Dr. Malcolm Crowe, who by profession was a child psychologist. Being impressed with his acting in the movie, the director Shyamalan offered him another role for his superhero movie named Unbreakable, which was released in 2000.
Being an actor of the science fiction and rom-com genres, he was also engaged with the comedy movies, namely The Whole Nine Yards. Other than being a star on the big screen, he also made a few appearances in some television shows named Ally McBeal, Mad About You. Not only does his television appearance stops here, but he also played a role of a character in the popular television series named Friends. He made his appearance in three episodes with the role of the character named Paul Stevens. With his awesome acting skills in the sitcom, not only did he impressed the audience, but he also caught the eye of the critics. He earned the prestigious Emmy Award for the same.
Following the success of his movies and television shows, he was offered more and more roles. His career had no signs of slowing down. He played a major role in the movie named Hostage. Other than that, he played different roles in the movies named Live Free or Die Hard, which was released in 2007, as well as in Surrogates which was released in 2009. He also played the role of a muscular and stiff character in the movie named Sin City, Red. Followed by that, he played a major role in the movie ‘Moonrise Kingdom.’ The role offered to him had a more soft side as compared to his other roles. With his movies from different genres, it proves that he can pull out any role from any genre starting from Romcom to science fiction, from action to soft roles.
Following the success of these movies and television shows, he earned more roles in different movies, namely A Good Day to Die Hard, which was released in 2013, as well as RED 2, which was released in 2013 as well. Being one of the most versatile and successful stars of the Hollywood industry, he has a list of movies with being in the major supporting role as well in the lead role. He appeared in movies, namely Extraction, which was released in 2015, Marauders, which was premiered in the following year, that is, in 2016. Other than that, he also played major roles in the movies named First Kill, released in 2017. In that following year, he did two back to back his movies, namely Death Wish as well as Reprisal. Followed by these movies, in 2019, he played the role of his old character in the last installation of M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy movie Unbreakable. This part was named Glass. In that movie, his co-stars were very popular James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sarah Paulson. Though for some reason or the other, the movie received negative reviews from the critics’ board but was a huge box-office hit with an earning of $247 million around the world.
With his role in the movie under the genres of comedy-drama named Moonlighting, he showcased his acting skills so well that not only did it impressed the audience but also caught the eye of the critics. For this movie, he earned several awards and nominations. Other than that, he became popular in the action genre with his role in the movie named Die Hard. In that movie, he played the role of the character named John McClane. Not only one but the movie has five installations which bought more fame and success to Willis.
Not only is he one of the most popular and versatile actors in the Hollywood industry but a successful producer and singer as well. With having so much success and fame, our very favorite Bruce Willis’s net worth of somewhere estimated to be $250 million.
Awards and achievements:-
Being one of the most versatile actors, he has a never-ending list of awards. He earned his first-ever award in 1987, which was the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award under the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the popular television series named Moonlighting. He also won The Golden Globe Awards for being the Best Actor- Television Series Comedy for his role in the movie Moonlighting. Other than that, he was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for the popular sitcom Friends under the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the award in 2000. Apart from winning awards for movies and television shows, he also earned the prestigious Office of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the award by the French government in the month of April 2005.
In the early days of his career, our very favorite Bruce Willis tied the knot with Demi Moore in 1987. Shortly they became parents of three daughters, namely Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. But for some reason or the other, they got legally separated in 2000. After a few years, he got married to a very popular model named Emma Heming in 2009. Within a few years, they became parents of two beautiful daughters named Evelyn Penn and Mabel Ray.