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When Bruce Willis first went on national television in 1985 as the roguish detective David Addison, he struck an instant chord with the public as an incredible TV actor.

Bruce's greatest strength as an actor was that he was relatable in every manner; he had the knack of observing life through the eyes of ordinary people and didn't hesitate to share that with the world. Bruce gives a lot of humanity to most of the roles he performs, especially John McClane from the 'Die Hard' movie franchise.

Bruce had a stutter when he was a teenager, an issue that quickly disappeared when he stepped onto the stage, so he pursued drama as a vocation. He worked a few odd jobs after graduation before enrolling in Montclair State College to study acting. Willis was in a rush though and didn't want to spend his time studying acting. He wanted to act. As a result, he dropped out of theater school and moved to New York to pursue an acting career.

Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Marlene, his mother, was a Kassel native. David Willis, his father, had been an American soldier. Willis has two brothers, Robert (deceased) and David, as well as a sister, Florence.

After years of hardship and, of course, waiting tables, Bruce finally got his big acting break in 1985, when he beat off 3000 other actors to play the lead role of David Addison in the TV show 'Moonlighting', which was not only a smash but also served as the ideal launch pad into movies for Bruce. When Hollywood came knocking, Bruce landed the role of John McClane in 'Die Hard', a character he would reprise for years to come.

This article gives you some interesting facts about Bruce Willis. Did you know, for example, that Bruce was the first Hollywood star to have a video game named after him, or that he once dismissed a director due to artistic differences?

If you're a fan of the 'Die Hard' or 'Pulp Fiction' movies, then you're sure to enjoy these Bruce Willis facts.

Fun Facts About Bruce Willis

Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955, and is an American artist, producer, and singer. He was born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, to a German mother and an American father, and moved to New Jersey with his family in 1957.

In the '70s, he began his acting career in Off-Broadway theater. He gained much fame after starring in the successful television show 'Moonlighting' (1985–89). In 2015, he made his Broadway debut in the production of Misery. Willis made his debut as a musician in 1987 with 'The Return of Bruno'.

In 1977, the movie star left college and moved to New York City, where he started his career as an actor with Off-Broadway parts and various commercial appearances.

In the early '80s, Willis had a series of minor appearances in movies before landing the famous role of a wisecracking detective alongside Cybill Shepherd in the comedy series 'Moonlighting' (1985–89).

Willis made his feature film debut in 1987 with Blake Edward's movie 'Blind Date', which also starred Kim Basinger and John Larroquette.

In 1987, he also married Demi Moore and the two soon became a Hollywood 'It' couple. They were married until October 2000. Demi Moore is also a famous actress who appeared in films including 'St. Elmo's Fire' and 'About Last Night'. Demi Moore was also a member of what they dubbed 'The Brat Pack', made up of a group of young actors who often appeared together in teenage 'coming of age' films in the '80s.

Due to creative differences with producer Joe Feury during the shooting for the movie 'Broadway Brawler', Willis got the producer and several other members of the crew fired. This resulted in the movie being shelved. In lieu of Disney paying for the loss, Bruce Willis agreed to star in three Disney movies which were 'The Kid', 'Armageddon', and 'The Sixth Sense'.

Interesting Facts About Bruce Willis' Career

Willis served as a security person at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant before deciding to pursue acting as a career. He went to Montclair State University and majored in acting.

Willis later made his acting debut in the Off-Broadway musical 'Heaven and Earth'. He was active with Off-Broadway theater before he became recognized as a film actor.

Willis is also better known for his acting than for his singing. In the late '80s, he was a somewhat successful singer. Willis was nominated for the Saturn Award four times. He has won an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award.

Willis is best known for starring as John McClane in the 'Die Hard' movie series. He earned critical and commercial recognition for his role in the movies. From 1985 until 1989, he played David Addison in the television series 'Moonlighting'.

While Willis starred in several movies during his career, his acting in the 'Die Hard' series made him an international star with a fan following all over the world.

Facts About Bruce Willis' Accomplishments

At the American Cinematheque Gala Tribute, Willis earned the American Cinematheque Trophy recognizing his extraordinary talent in the entertainment sector and his commitment to his career, which is devoted to creating a meaningful impact on the art of motion pictures.

He also received the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year in 2002, an honor given by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Dramatizations to performers who leave an indelible impression on the entertainment industry. In 2005 he was the International Actor Winner of the Manaki Brothers Film Festival's Golden Camera Award.

He was appointed an Officer of a French Order for Arts and Letters for his contributions to the film industry by the French government at a ceremony in Paris the following year.

On Oct 16, 2006, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was the 2,321st star given in its history. The star is positioned at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard. On Feb 11, 2013, he was promoted to the status of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Did you know that Willis has also worked as a voice actor and lent his voice for 'Lego Movie 2'?

During the shooting of 'Broadway Brawler', Willis used his status to fire producer Joe Feury.

Facts About Bruce Willis Before He Was Famous

Willis worked security at Salem Nuclear Power Plant and transported crew employees elsewhere at DuPont Chambers Works in Deepwater, New Jersey after finishing high school in 1973.

He then worked as a private detective, which possibly came in handy when he landed his role in the TV comedy-drama 'Moonlighting', as well as the action film 'The Last Boy Scout'. He enrolled in Montclair State University's drama program after being cast in a performance of 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'. He dropped out of school and moved to New York City in 1977, where he worked as a bartender at Manhattan art bar Kamikaze in the early '80s while residing in the famous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.

In New York, he served as an extra in Paul Newman's climactic summation passage in 'The Verdict'. He was an assistant to Ed Harris in the principal role of 'Eddie' in the 1983 Off-Broadway drama 'Fool for Love', before taking over the role in 1984. Later that year he starred in the episode 'No Exit', on the TV show 'Miami Vice'. In 1985, he guest-starred in 'Shatter Day', the inaugural episode of 'The Twilight Zone's' 1980s revival.

Walter Bruce Willis is Bruce Willis' actual name. He is also known by the nickname Bruno. He was born at Idar-Oberstein, Germany, on Mar 19, 1955. By nationality, he is American, and is a well-known movie star who has featured in several action films and comedy-drama movies.

Walter Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Marlene, his mother, was a Kassel native. David Willis, his father, had been an American soldier. Willis has two siblings, Robert (deceased) and David, as well as a sister, Florence. They moved their family to Carneys Point in New Jersey after he was released from the service in 1957. Willis comes from a 'huge queue of blue-collar people,' according to him. His dad used to do work as a fabricator, a mechanic, and an industrial worker, while his mom worked in a bank.

Bruce Willis was born on a military installation in Germany, at 'Idar-Oberstein' American Military Base. His father's name was David Willis, and he was released in 1957 from the army. His dad then supported his family, which included his German partner Marlene Willis with four children, by working as a fabricator and factory worker.

Bruce Willis attended Montclair State University in New Jersey to study acting and landed a role in the school production of 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'. He left before graduating and to pursue employment as an actor, he relocated to New York.

Bruce Willis made his stage debut in the drama 'Heaven And Earth' in 1977. Following that, he landed the main part in another off-Broadway production, 'Bullpen', while also working as a bartender and making a name for himself.

Bruce Willis was well-known for his ability to amuse his audience. He drew the attention of some executives at the pub and met other struggling actors, notably John Goodman. He received his first movie appearance as an extra in 'The Verdict', a Paul Newman film, in 1979. In the same year, Bruce Willis took over for Ed Harris in 'Fool for Love'.

He graduated from high school in 1973 and then worked security at Salem Nuclear Power Plant and carried crew workers somewhere at DuPont Chambers Works in Deepwater, New Jersey. He began acting after working as a private investigator (a job he would later reprise in the TV comedy 'Moonlighting', as well as the action movie 'The Last Boy Scout'). He participated in the drama program at Montclair State University, where he had been cast in a production of 'Cat in a Hot Tin Roof.'

Bruce Willis Bruce is no longer a believer in traditional religion. He used to be a Lutheran, but he no longer believes in it. He has stated that he realizes why religions have evolved but he believes that science has rendered religion obsolete.

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