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Bruce Willis

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The US Trends | Bruce Willis | Bruce Willis is an American actor,producer,and musician.\\\HisCareer began inTV in \\the1980s and has continued both inTV and film,\\including dramatic,comedic,and action roles.\\\Willis is well known for the role of JohnMcClane in the Die Hard series,which were mostly critical and uniformly financial successes.\\\Willis has also appeared in over sixty films,including box office successes like PulpFiction,Sin City,12Monkeys,TheFifth Element,Armageddon,and TheSixthSense.

Motion Pictures featuring Bruce Willis have grossed US$ 2. 64billion to 3. 05 billion atNorth American box offices,making him the ninth highest grossing actor in a leading role and 12th highest including supporting roles. Willis is a 2-time Emmy Award-winning,Golden GlobeAward winning and 4-time Saturn Award nominated actor.Willis was married to actress Demi Moore and they had three daughters before their divorce in2000,following 13years of marriage.

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Walter Bruce Willis was born onMarch19,1955 inWest Germany.Bruce Willis is the oldest ofDavid andMarlene Williston\\\'s 4 children,a group that includes 3sons and a daughter.Initially an Army brat, his father was stationed in theWest German town of IdaOberstein Willis moved with his family to Carney\\\'s Point, New Jersey, in1957 following his father\\\'s discharge.

There, the seeds for the tough, blue collar edge that's come to define so many of Willis' roles were planted as he watched his father feed the family through work as a welder and later a factory employee.

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By all accounts Bruce Willis, nicknamed Bruno by his friends, was a popular kid with a good sense of humor who in high school was elected Student Council President. He liked pranks and wasn't immune from getting into occasional trouble. Coupled with this, however, was a slightly softer side that centered on his interest in the theater and the stage. It was born oddly enough out of the realization that a stutter that plagued his speech as a youngster, immediately went away as soon as he began performing in front of large groups.

After graduating high school, Bruce Willis followed in his father's footsteps and found work with his hands, first in a chemical factory and then as a security guard, before returning to the classroom as a drama student at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Willis' interest in acting didn't wane, but eager to strike out on his own, he quit school after his sophomore year and moved to New York City to try and make it as a working actor.

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For Willis, whose acting heroes include Robert De Niro, Gary Cooper, Steve McQueen, and John Wayne, work didn't come easy. He waited tables, tended bar and, when he had the chance, auditioned for roles. His first real break of any kind came in 1977, when he debuted in the off-Broadway play, Heaven and Earth. More stage work followed, but in 1980 Willis jumped over to film when he scored a bit role in the Frank Sinatra film, The Fist Deadly Sin. Two years later he landed another minor part in The Verdict, starring Paul Newman. There was some exposure on the television screen, too, with occasional appearances on episodes of Hart to Hart and Miami Vice.

In 1984, after replacing Ed Harris in the off-Broadway hit, Fool for Love, Bruce Willis headed west to Hollywood to audition for the Madonna vehicle, Desperately Seeking Susan. He didn't get the part, but in a decision that would prove to be incredibly smart, stuck around an extra day so that he could audition for a new romantic comedy called Moonlighting, set to debut the following March on ABC.

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As the story goes, Bruce Willis dressed in combat fatigues and, donning a punk haircut, read for the part of David Addison, a wise-cracking private investigator. He wowed the TV executives with his gregariousness and charming attitude to beat out some 3,000 other actors.

Co-starring Cybill Shepherd, the show revolved around the complicated, crime-solving duo of Maddie Hayes (Shepherd) and Addison, who ran a down-and-out Los Angeles private investigation firm, The Blue Moon Detective Agency.

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The show, which aired until May 1989, was a huge hit for ABC and an even bigger launching pad for Willis. "Women find him appealing, and guys have a fantasy that they could be like him," ABC talent vice-president Gary Pudney told People magazine. "That's why he's become such a valuable commodity to us so quickly."

In 1987 Bruce Willis returned to film when he was matched with Kim Bassinger in the comedy, Blind Date. That same year, the actor hitched himself to a future of tabloid gossip when he married another star, Demi Moore. The couple, who divorced in 2000, have three children together: Rumer Willis (b. 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (b. 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (b. 1994).

The same year as the release of Blind Date, Bruce Willis, an avid blues fan and harmonica player, stepped into the music studio for Motown Records to record Return to Bruno, a collection of bluesy soul songs that produced a modest sales return.

If his music failed to turn him into the star he dreamed of being, his next film choice wouldn't. In the summer of 1988, Die Hard, an action-packed flick that cast Willis as the muscle-pumping hero, John McClane, hit movie screens across the country with a bang. Even before its release, the film had managed to catch some notice, in part because both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger had turned down the McClane role. When movie executives settled on Willis, in part because he brought a level of warmth and humor to the character, they agreed to pay him $5 million, a huge sum for an actor many still considered a relative Hollywood novice.

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The viewing public didn't care. With Bruce Willis doing his own stunts and whipping out memorable one-liners, Die Hard garnered an impressive $81 million at the domestic box office and spawned three later sequels. It was just the start for Willis, who in the ensuing decades has starred in films that have grossed more than $3 billion in ticket sales.

A year after Die Hard, Willis was at the wheel of another hit, and back in a full-on comedic role as the voice of Mikey, the ever-observant baby, in Look Who's Talking.

His role as the English tabloid journalist in Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) drew mixed reviews, and in 1991 the action movie Hudson Hawk, a vanity project of sorts, which Bruce Willis wrote and starred in, proved to be a box office failure. Other, less memorable projects soon followed.

Then, in 1994, Bruce Willis experienced a comeback of sorts when he took on the role of the weathered but still tough boxer, Butch Coolidge, in the Quentin Tarantino-directed smash hit, Pulp Fiction. Perhaps sensing the film was going to do well, Willis agreed to take a modest salary ($1,685 a week) in return for a share of the profits. The film went on to gross more than $100 million.

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\\From there a steady run of hits followed,from a 3rd installment of theDie Hard series(Die Hard:With a Vengeance)in1995,to the1998 sci-fi action thriller,Armageddon.In1999, Bruce Willis came through with 1 of his more memorable roles as child psychologist Dr.MalcolmCrowe in the M.Night Shyamalan film, TheSixthSense.Along the way,Willis kept busy with more comedy(TheWholeNine Yards)and a bevy of television appearances(Ally McBeal,Mad About You,and Friends)\\.

In recent years, Bruce Willis has shown no signs of slowing down,demonstrating a range that mixes muscular intimidation(Sin City,Live Free or DieHard)with sharp comedic timing(The Whole Ten Yards)that few actors can claim.

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"It\\\'s not just that he\\'s so incredibly cool—it\\'s that he makes you feel like you're cool too,\\"crowed one film critic in2007."\\Willis is the bouncer who listens to you and smiles as he\\\'s tossing you from the bar."

OnMarch21,2009Willis,who remains close toMoore and shares custody of his 3children with her,back tracked on his pledge never to marry again,when he wed model actress,Emma Heming at Willis\\\' home on theTurks andCaicos Islands,in the WestIndies.

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