With over four decades of acting experience, Bruce Willis has proven to be one of the most talented actors in the United States.
The roles he plays in movies like Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, Sixth Sense, and Moonrise Kingdom have earned him a spot as one of the most recognized actors in Hollywood.
In this article, I’m going to reveal all you need to know about Bruce Willis. You are going to see everything from Bruce Willis’s net worth, biography, top-grossing movies, and family.
By the time you are done reading this post, you will know everything there is to about the one and only John McClane.
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Bruce Willis Profile Overview
Before we reveal everything there is to know about Bruce Willis, there are few details we need to go over first before you can fully understand the man. The table below contains a Mini Bio of Bruce Willis and some essential facts about this amazing actor that you should know.
|Full Name||Walter Bruce Willis|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California|
|Birth Date||19th of March 1955|
|Age||65 years old|
|Profession||Actor, Voice Actor, Musician, Entrepreneur, Songwriter, Investor, and Movie Producer.|
|Spouse/Girlfriend||Demi Moore (1987 – 2000)|
Emma Heming (2009)
|Children||Rumer Willis (16th of August 16, 1988)|
Scout Willis (20th July 1991)
Tallulah Willis (3rd of February 1994)
Mabel Willis (11th of April 2012)
Evelyn Willis (6th of May 2014)
|Net Worth||$215 million|
Bruce Willis Biography
Bruce Walter Willis was born in Los Angeles, California on the 19th of March 1955. He is one of the three children of David Willis and Marlene Willis.
His father, David Willis was an American soldier while his mother, Marlene was a German woman from Kassel who migrated from Europe to the States before the Second World War.
Two years after he was born, his father was dismissed from military duties and the family moved to his hometown of Carneys Point, New Jersey. After they migrated from California to New Jersey, the family settled down and took up blue-collar jobs.
His mother was employed as a cashier in the bank, while his father became a welder, master mechanic, and took a part-time job in the factory.
Bruce and his siblings, Robert and David were enrolled in Penns Grove High School. He was a very shy person and usually stutters when he talks. His colleagues at school criticized him for this and gave him the nickname “Buck-Buck”.
Before his seventh grade, he decided to join the drama club. After a couple of on-stage acting and presentation, Bruce found out that he doesn’t stutter when he is acting or making any presentation on stage.
This encouraged him to develop his talents in acting and disappointed a lot of people that enjoyed bullying him because of this speech impediment. Because of his knowledge in acting, he was awarded the role of student council president.
Bruce graduated from high school in 1973 and got employed as a private investigator, a security guard at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant, and a driver for the DuPont Chambers Works factory in New Jersey.
Shortly after, Bruce Willis was featured in an action-comedy film, “The Last Boy Scout”, the love he had for acting was rekindled and he enrolled in the Montclair State University to complete a course in Drama and theater arts.
During his time in school, he was among the production cast of the movie “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. After graduating in 1977, Bruce Willis relocated to Manhattan, New York City, and lived close to Hell’s Kitchen.
During his stay in NYC, Bruce Willis worked as a bartender at the Manhattan art bar Kamikaze.
In 1982, Bruce Willis got the chance to perform as an extra in the movie “The Verdict”. After the movie, He moved to California and appeared in six movies and TV shows before the end of 1989.
Between 1983 and 1989, Bruce played very versatile roles in movies like The Twilight Zone, Look Who’s Talking, Shatterday, No Exit, Moonlighting, Blind Date, Sunset, and Die Hard.
Die Hard was the biggest of all the movies he was featured in during this time. The movie grossed close to $140 million worldwide and his role as John McClane catapulted him to the spotlight as one of the most iconic actors in the USA.
The massive success of Die Hard lead to the creation of other Die Hard sequels like Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), and A Good Day to Die Hard (2013). These movies grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide.
During this time, Willis was also writing songs. He made a pop-blues album titled “The Return of Bruno” and one of the most successful songs on his album was the song “Respect Yourself” featuring The Pointer Sisters.
He also dropped his version of the Drifters song “Under the Boardwalk“ and it was one of his most impressive tunes. The song was not so successful in the US but was rated #2 in the UK Top 40 Song Countdown.
During that time, he starred alongside actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Sylvester Stallone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bruce Willis met his first wife Demi Moore in the premiere of the movie “Stakeout”. On the 21st of November, 1987, the couple got married and gave birth to three children: Rumer (1988), Scout (1991), and Tallulah (1994).
Before the end of 2000, the couple got separated.
On the 21st of March 2009, Willis married Emma Heming in Beverly Hills. The couple later had two daughters Mabel (2012) and Evelyn (2014). They have been together ever since and the love seems to grow stronger every day.
Bruce Willis Movies & Awards
Aside from winning two Emmys, two People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his role in films like Die Hard and Moonlighting, Bruce Walter Willis is recognized by millions of people in the USA as one of the most iconic actors of all time.
Aside from acting and movie production, Bruce Willis was also a songwriter and released several pops, blues, and jazz albums during the peak of his career. That aside, he is popular for his iconic role as a soldier in most of his movies, an attribute he got from his father.
His most iconic movies is the Die Hard film series. Aside from Die Hard, Bruce Willis starred in a couple of action movies like The Expendables, Pulp Fiction, The Last Boy Scout, G.I. Joe, Sixth Sense, Looper, Moonrise Kingdom, Death Wish, and Armageddon.
Bruce Willis has also been given credits for the success of movies like The Last Boy Scout, 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Mercury Rising, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, Red, Unbreakable, Split, and Glass.
Bruce Willis Net Worth & Salary
Today, Bruce Walter Willis has a net worth that is estimated to be around $231 million. Despite paying a staggering $90 million divorce settlement to Demi Moore, he still managed to maintain his status as one of America’s richest veteran actors.
Aside from the money Willis makes from his music and movies, he also has other small businesses, brands, and companies that help him maintain his affluent status and serve as a passive income streams.
After the movie “Moonlighting” in 1986, Bruce got an endorsement deal with Golden Wine Cooler Products that allowed him to earn up to $1.7 million before he even became a professional actor.
Bruce Willis also signed a contract with Belvedere SA’s Sobieski Vodka to become their ambassador and international face of the company. Today, he owns about 4% of this multi-national company.
Bruce Willis resides with his family in their multimillion Dollar mansion in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Bruce Willis also owns properties and apartments in Los Angeles, Penns Grove, New Jersey, Manhattan, and Phoenix.
He also owns other small businesses in Hailey, Idaho, and Beverly Hills including The Mint Bar and The Liberty Theater. Willis is also the co-founder of Planet Hollywood. He started this company with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
Bruce owns quite a lot of extremely valuable properties around the globe. In March 2019 he listed a sprawling estate in Turks and Caicos for $33 million.