S: BRUCE WILLIS By: Maido Maasepp and Mark Joel Tamm
FC: BRUce Willis | By:maido and Mark Joel Maasepp Tamm | (CC) some rights reserved
1: Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955), better known as Bruce Willis, is an American actor, producer, and musician. His career began in television in the 1980s and has continued both in television and film since, including comedic, dramatic, and action roles. He is well known for the role of John McClane in the Die Hard series, which were mostly critical and uniformly financial successes. He has also appeared in over sixty films, including box office successes like Pulp Fiction, Sin City, 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, and The Sixth Sense.
2: FAMILY | Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, the son of a Kassel-born German, Marlene, who worked in a bank, and David Willis, an American soldier. Willis is the eldest of four children: he has a sister, Florence, and a brother, David. His brother Robert died of pancreatic cancer in 2001, aged 42. After being discharged from the military in 1957, Willis's father took his family back to Penns Grove, New Jersey, where he worked as a welder and factory worker.]Willis attended Penns Grove High School in his hometown, where he encountered issues with a stutter. He was nicknamed Buck-Buck by his schoolmates.[Finding it easy to express himself on stage and losing his stutter in the process, Willis began performing on stage and his high school activities were marked by such things as the drama club and student council president.
3: LIFE AFTER SCHOOL | After high school, Willis took a job as a security guard at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant[and also transported work crews at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey.[He quit after a colleague was killed on the job, and became a regular at several bars. After a stint as a private investigator (a role he would play in the television series Moonlighting as well as in the 1991 film, The Last Boy Scout), Willis returned to acting. He enrolled in the drama program at Montclair State University, where he was cast in the class production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Willis left school in his junior year and moved to New York City.[ Willis returned to the bar scene, only this time for a part-time job at the West Bank Cafe in New York City's Manhattan Plaza. After multiple auditions, Willis made his theater debut in the off-Broadway production of Heaven and Earth. He gained more experience and exposure in Fool for Love, and in a Levi's commercial.
4: Early Career | Willis left New York City and headed to California to audition for several television shows. In 1984, he appeared in an episode of the TV series Miami Vice, titled "No Exit."[He auditioned for the role of David Addison Jr. of the television series Moonlighting (1985-89), while competing against 3,000 other actors for the position.[The starring role, opposite Cybill Shepherd, helped to establish him as a comedic actor, with the show lasting five seasons. During the height of the show's success, beverage maker Seagram hired Willis as the pitchman for their Golden Wine Cooler products. The advertising campaign paid the rising star between 5 to 7 million USD over two years. In spite of that, Willis chose not to renew his contract with the company when he decided to stop drinking alcohol in 1988.
5: Bruce Willis' 1980's | In the late 1980s, Willis enjoyed moderate success as a recording artist, recording an album of pop-blues titled The Return of Bruno, which included the hit single "Respect Yourself",[ promoted by a Spinal Tap-like rockumentary parody featuring scenes of him performing at famous events including Woodstock. Follow-up recordings were not as successful, though Willis has returned to the recording studio several times. Willis acquired major personal success and pop culture influence playing John McClane in 1988's Die Hard. This film was followed up by Die Hard 2: Die Harder in 1990 and Die Hard With a Vengeance in 1995. These first three installments in the Die Hard series grossed over US$700 million internationally and propelled Willis to the first rank of Hollywood action stars.
6: Marriages and family | At the premiere for the film Stakeout, Willis met actress Demi Moore. Willis married Moore on November 21, 1987 and had three daughters: Rumer Willis (b. August 16, 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (b. July 20, 1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (b. February 3, 1994) before the couple divorced on October 18, 2000. The couple gave no public reason for their breakup. Regarding the divorce, Willis stated, "I felt I had failed as a father and a husband by not being able to make it work." He credited actor Will Smith for helping him cope with the situation. After their breakup, rumors persisted that the couple planned to re-marry, until Moore married the actor Ashton Kutcher. Willis has maintained a close relationship with both Moore and Kutcher, even attending their wedding. Willis and Moore currently share custody of their daughters. Willis was engaged to Brooke Burns until they broke up in 2004 after ten months together.He married Emma Heming in Turks and Caicos on March 21, 2009;
7: guests included his three daughters, Moore, and Kutcher. The ceremony was not legally binding, so the couple wed again in a civil ceremony in Beverly Hills six days later. Willis has expressed interest in having more children.
8: Musical Roles & Other | Solo albums * The Return of Bruno, 1987, Motown, OCLC 15508727 * If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger, 1989, Motown / Pgd, OCLC 21322754. * Classic Bruce Willis: The Universal Masters Collection, 2001, Polygram Int'l, OCLC 71124889.
9: Compilations / Guest appearances * Moonlighting soundtrack, 1986; track "Good Lovin'" * Hudson Hawk soundtrack, 1991; tracks "Swinging on a Star" and "Side by Side", both duets with Danny Aiello * Rugrats Go Wild soundtrack, 2003; "Big Bad Cat" with Chrissie Hynde and "Lust for Life" * Blues Traveler, North Hollywood Shootout, 2008; track "Free Willis (Ruminations from Behind Uncle Bob's Machine Shop)"
10: WHAT I THINK ABOUT BRUCE WILLIS | Bruce Willis is a very funny person, though he is not a comedian, he expresses his comedic side, with being angry and saying something hilarious at the same time. He is a man who takes his job very seriously and I really like his movies because they are full of action and also comedy. I also like his singing. It doesn't matter that his songs are old because he can sing very well and he has an amazing voice. | -Maido Maasepp
11: Willis found his influence for becoming an actor at Penns Grove High School -- the school he attended to. Namely, because he had encountered a lot of issues with stuttering, and he found it easy to express himself on stage, losing the issues with stuttering in the process. He started performing on stage and his high school activities were marked by such things as the drama club and student council president. According to an interview with http://web.orange.co.uk (http://web.orange.co.uk/article/film/red-bruce-willis), Bruce Willis was just fooling around and he never considered himself a singer -- " I never really called myself a singer and for a good reason. I used to shout in key. That was about as close as I ever got. I liked to think of myself as a singer but there are other people that really are singers that do it a lot better than I ever did. I was just fooling around." | Influence
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