It is pretty hard to imagine the current Hollywood action movie being a huge, bawdy blockbuster it’s without the influence of Bruce Willis. He took an average action movie star and turned them from the typical musclebound and humorless hero into a vulnerable, wisecracking smartass who could easily blow the enemy away and make at least three best jokes before their body hit the ground.
Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955, in the town of Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. David Willis, his father (1929-2009), was an American soldier. Marlene, his mother, was German, born in Kassel. Bruce is the eldest of four kids: he has a brother, David, and a sister, Florence. In 2001, his younger brother Robert died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 42.
In 1987, Bruce Willis married the actress Demi Moore, and they had three kids, including Rumer, before they divorced in 2000. Willis has been married to the model Emma Heming since 2009, with whom he has two lovely daughters.
Bruce Willis is a Golden Globe award and Emmy-award winning actor who first made a splash on the big screen in Moonlighting and co-starring Cybill Shepherd, but his fame grew with the films such as Die Hard, Armageddon, The Expendables and The Sixth Sense.
Willis became a mega superstar with his remarkable, breakout role on the hit show ‘Moonlighting’ and also his memorable, career-making role as John McClane in the summer movie blockbuster ‘Die Hard.’ In this post, we will look at some interesting facts you might not know about Bruce Willis -one of the most memorable and leading actors in Hollywood.
1. Bruce Willis accepted John McClane’s iconic role in “Die Hard” after both Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected the project. The film becomes a huge hit, and today, no one can imagine a different actor other than Bruce Willis playing the role.
2. On Memorial Day 1987, the police arrested Bruce for disturbing the peace and assaulting one of their police officers who came to quiet a raucous party held at his home. The authorities eventually dropped the charges after Bruce accepted to apologize to his neighbors.
3. On July 23, 2002, former President George W. Bush appointed Bruce Willis to be the national spokesman for Children in Foster Care.
4. The wedding of Bruce Willis to Demi Moore was quite interesting: The ceremony was presided over by the Little Richard, and Ally Sheedy was a bridesmaid. The wedding happened at Hotel in Las Vegas and The Golden Nugget Casino.
5. After high school, Willis got a job at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant. He was the security guard at the plant. Also, Willis transported workers at DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey.
6. The success of ‘Moonlighting’ assisted Bruce score a lucrative spokesperson gig with the Seagrams. Interestingly, it became one of the cheesiest commercials of the ’80s, where Willis and some friends hang out on a porch and sing into wine cooler bottles as heavily-built men do. Unluckily (or luckily for us), a drunk driving bust put the kibosh on Bruce’s days as a singing spokesperson.
7. Despite the movie being very popular and setting him on an international platform, he suffered some hearing loss. In the celebrated “table scene” in which McClane (Bruce) kills one of the baddies by shooting from under a long table was deafening and close to Bruce’s ears that it made him lose two-thirds of his hearing in the left ear.
8. He’s the co-founder of the Planet Hollywood, a theme restaurant inspired by a remarkable portrayal of Hollywood, along with the actors Sylvester Stallone, Demi Moore, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
9. Bruce was the first star to feature in a video game. He decided to lend his body movement and voice for Trey Kincaide in the action game “Apocalypse.”
10. In his high school days, he was a talented wrestler but suffered a severe sprain which required a surgery and left a scar on his right shoulder.