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Bruce Willis

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% Precious Cargo (2016)
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Birthplace:   Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
Born Walter Willis -- an Army brat to parents stationed in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany -- on March 19, 1955, Bruce Willis grew up in New Jersey from the age of two. As a youngster, he developed a stutter that posed the threat of social alienation, but he discovered an odd quirk: while performing in front of large numbers of people, the handicap inexplicably vanished. This led Willis into a certified niche as a comedian and budding actor. After high-school graduation, 18-year-old Willis decided to land a blue-collar job in the vein of his father, and accepted a position at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deep Water, NJ, but withdrew, shaken, after a co-worker was killed on the job. He performed regularly on the harmonica in a blues ensemble called the Loose Goose and worked temporarily as a security guard before enrolling in the drama program at Montclair State University in New Jersey. A collegiate role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof brought Willis back in touch with his love of acting, and he instantly decided to devote his life to the profession.Willis made his first professional appearances on film with minor roles in projects like The First Deadly Sin, starring Frank Sinatra, and Sidney Lumet's The Verdict. But his big break came when he attended a casting call (along with 3000 other hopefuls) for the leading role on Moonlighting, an ABC detective comedy series. Sensing Willis' innate appeal, producers cast him opposite the luminous Cybill Shepherd. The series, which debuted in 1985, followed the story of two private investigators working for a struggling detective agency, with Willis playing the fast-talking ne'er-do-well David Addison, and Shepherd playing the prim former fashion model Maddie Hayes. The show's heavy use of clever dialogue, romantic tension, and screwball comedy proved a massive hit with audiences, and Willis became a major star. The show ultimately lasted four years and wrapped on May 14, 1989. During the first year or two of the series, Willis and Shepherd enjoyed a brief offscreen romantic involvement as well, but Willis soon met and fell in love with actress Demi Moore, who became his wife in 1987.In the interim, Willis segued into features, playing geeky Walter Davis in the madcap 1987 comedy Blind Date. That same year, Motown Records -- perhaps made aware of Willis' experiences as a musician -- invited the star to record an LP of blue-eyed soul tracks. The Return of Bruno emerged and became a moderate hit among baby boomers, although as the years passed it became better remembered as an excuse for Willis to wear sunglasses indoors and sing into pool cues.Then in 1988, Willis broke major barriers when he convinced studios to cast him in the leading role of John McClane in John McTiernan's explosive action movie Die Hard. Though up until this point, action stars had been massive tough guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, execs took a chance on Willis' every-guy approach to the genre - and the gamble paid off. Playing a working-class cop who confronts an entire skyscraper full of terrorists when his estranged wife is taken hostage on Christmas Eve, Willis' used his wiseacre television persona to constantly undercut the film's somber underpinnings, without ever once damaging the suspenseful core of the material. This, coupled with a smart script and wall-to-wall sequences of spectacular action, propelled Die Hard to number one at the box office during the summer of 1988, and made Willis a full-fledged movie star.Willis subsequent projects would include two successful Die Hard sequels, as well as other roles the 1989 Norman Jewison drama In Country, and the 1989 hit comedy Look Who's Talking, in which Willis voiced baby Mikey. Though he'd engage in a few stinkers, like the unsuccessful Hudson Hawk and North, he would also continue to strike told with hugely popular movies like The Last Boyscout , Pulp Fiction, and Armageddon.Willis landed one of his biggest hits, however, when he signe

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Desejo de matar
  • Paul Kersey
2018
No Score Yet Death Wish
  • Paul Kersey
2018
No Score Yet Acts of Violence
  • Detective James Avery
2018
No Score Yet Acts of Violence
  • Detective James Avery
2018
15% First Kill
  • Police Chief
2017
18% Once Upon a Time in Venice
  • Steve Ford
2017
21% Marauders
  • Hubert
2016
0% Precious Cargo
  • Eddie
2016
6% Extraction
  • Leonard Turner
2015
8% Rock the Kasbah
  • Bombay Brian
$2M 2015
4% Vice
  • Julian Michaels
2015
No Score Yet Five Against a Bullet
  • Actor
2015
67% Altman
  • Actor
2014
0% The Prince
  • Omar
2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Hartigan
$11.1M 2014
86% BB King: The Life of Riley
  • Actor
2014
43% Red 2
  • Frank Moses
$53.3M 2013
28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • General Joe Colton
$122.6M 2013
14% A Good Day To Die Hard
  • John McClane
$67.4M 2013
No Score Yet Die Hard Marathon
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Kane and Lynch
  • Kane
2013
No Score Yet Madly Madagascar
  • Actor
2013
19% Lay the Favorite
  • Dink
$21.5k 2012
7% Fire With Fire
  • Mike Cella
2012
93% Looper
  • Old Joe
$66.4M 2012
5% The Cold Light of Day
  • Martin
$3.8M 2012
66% The Expendables 2
  • Mr. Church
$85.1M 2012
93% Moonrise Kingdom
  • Captain Sharp
$45.6M 2012
No Score Yet Catch .44
  • Mel
2011
No Score Yet Setup
  • Biggs
2011
70% Red
  • Frank Moses
$89M 2010
42% The Expendables
  • Mr. Church
$103M 2010
19% Cop Out
  • Jimmy
$44.1M 2010
No Score Yet Morgan's Summit
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Last Full Measure
  • Actor
2010
38% Surrogates
  • Greer
$38.6M 2009
51% What Just Happened?
  • Himself
$1.1M 2008
50% Assassination of a High School President
  • As?l Kirkpatrick
2008
82% Live Free or Die Hard
  • Producer
  • John McClane
$134.6M 2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Lt. Muldoon
2007
49% Nancy Drew
  • Bruce (uncredited)
$25.5M 2007
11% Perfect Stranger
  • Harrison Hill
$23.8M 2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Lt. Muldoon
$25M 2007
54% Alpha Dog
  • Sonny Truelove
$15.2M 2007
50% Fast Food Nation
  • Harry
$1M 2006
No Score Yet Hammy's Boomerang Adventure
  • Actor
2006
58% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Col. Doug Masterson
$11M 2006
75% Over the Hedge
  • RJ
$155.1M 2006
14% Just My Luck
  • Producer
$17.3M 2006
58% The Hip Hop Project
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2006
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Mr. Goodkat
$22.5M 2006
56% 16 Blocks
  • Jack Mosley
$37M 2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Wildwood Days
  • Actor
2005
78% Sin City
  • Hartigan
2005
35% Hostage
  • Jeff Talley
  • Producer
$34.7M 2005
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle
  • William Rose Bailey
$100.7M 2003
41% Rugrats Go Wild
  • Spike
$39.5M 2003
4% The Whole Ten Yards
  • Jimmy `the Tulip' Tudeski
$16.3M 2003
33% Tears of the Sun
  • Lt. A.K. Waters
$43.5M 2003
53% The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
  • Producer
$28.3M 2002
20% Grand Champion
  • CEO
2002
60% Hart's War
  • Col. McNamara
$19.1M 2002
64% Bandits
  • Joe Blake
$41.2M 2001
68% Unbreakable
  • David Dunn
2000
49% The Kid
  • Russ Duritz
$68.5M 2000
45% The Whole Nine Yards
  • Jimmy `The Tulip' Tudeski
$57.3M 2000
28% The Story of Us
  • Ben Jordan
1999
26% Breakfast of Champions
  • Dwayne Hoover
1999
85% The Sixth Sense
  • Malcolm Crowe
1999
44% The Siege
  • Major General William Devereaux
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Harry S. Stamper
1998
17% Mercury Rising
  • Art Jeffries
1998
15% The Jackal
  • The Jackal
1997
72% The Fifth Element
  • Korben Dallas
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Leo
1996
72% Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Muddy Grimes
1996
37% Last Man Standing
  • John Smith
1996
No Score Yet Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie
  • Bruno the Kid
1996
88% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
  • James Cole
1995
51% Die Hard: With a Vengeance
  • John McClane
1995
91% Nobody's Fool
  • Carl Roebuck
1994
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Butch
1994
22% Color of Night
  • Capa
1994
14% North
  • Narrator
1994
14% Striking Distance
  • Det. Tom Hardy
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Man Whose House Is Attacked
1993
52% Death Becomes Her
  • Dr. Ernest Menville
1992
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
44% The Last Boy Scout
  • Joe Hallenbeck
1991
47% Billy Bathgate
  • Bo Weinberg
1991
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Screenwriter
  • Hudson Hawk
1991
57% Mortal Thoughts
  • James Urbanski
1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Peter Fallow
1990
17% Look Who's Talking, Too
  • Mikey
1990
69% Die Hard 2
  • John McClane
1990
58% Look Who's Talking
  • Mikey
1989
70% In Country
  • Emmett Smith
1989
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Himself
1989
92% Die Hard
  • John McClane
1988
17% Sunset
  • Tom Mix
1988
No Score Yet The Return of Bruno
  • Actor
1988
21% Blind Date
  • Walter Davis
1987
96% The Verdict
  • Courtroom observer (uncredited)
1982
63% The First Deadly Sin
  • Man entering diner as Delaney leaves (uncredited)
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Dr. Nickle
  • 1999
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Himself
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1985

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