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Bruce Willis biography: 13 things about actor born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany


Professionally known as Bruce Willis, Walter Bruce Willis is a retired actor born in Idar-Oberstein, Birkenfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany to an American father named David Willis and a German mother named Marlene Willis. David was a soldier, a welder, a master mechanic and factory worker while Marlene worked in a bank.

Marlene is from Kassel, Germany while Davis is from Carneys Point Township, Salem County, New Jersey, United States. They have two more sons namely Robert Willis and David Willis Jr. and a daughter named Florence Willis.

Bruce has five children. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. After his father was discharged from the military in 1957, their family relocated from Germany to Carneys Point Township. When he attended Penns Grove High School in Carneys Point Township, he joined the drama club and found that acting reduced his stutter. After graduating from high school in 1973, he worked as a security guard at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County. He later worked as a private investigator then enrolled in the drama program of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. In 1977, he moved from New Jersey to New York City, New York, USA.
  2. In the early 1980s, he lived in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, New York City while working as a bartender at Kamikaze, an art bar in Manhattan. He played bit roles in the television show “A Guru Comes” and the films “The First Deadly Sins” in 1980 and “The Verdict” in 1982.
  3. He played Tony Amato in “Miami Vice” in 1984, David Addison in “Moonlighting” from 1985 to 1989, Bruno Radolini in “The Return of Bruno” in 1987. His debut studio album “The Return of Bruno” was released in 1987, followed by his second studio album “If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger” in 1989. He starred in the films “Blind Date” in 1987, “Sunset” in 1988 and the films “In Country” and “Look Who’s Talking” in 1989.
  4. On November 21, 1987, he and Demi Moore got married. She gave birth to their daughters Rumer Willis in August 1988, Scout Willis in July 1991 and Tallulah Willis in February 1994.
  5. He played John McClane in “Die Hard” in 1988, in “Die Hard 2” in 1990, “Loaded Weapon 1” in 1993, “Die Hard with a Vengeance” in 1995 and “Live Free or Die Hard” in 2007 and “A Good Day to Die Hard” in 2013.
  6. He starred in the 1990 films “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, the 1991 films “Mortal Thoughts”, “Hudson Hawk”, “Billy Bathgate” and “The Last Boy Scout” in 1991, the 1992 films “The Player” and “Death Becomes Her”, the 1993 film “Striking Distance”, the 1994 films “Pulp Fiction”, “North”, “Color of Night” and “Nobody’s Fool”, the 1995 films “Four Rooms” and “12 Monkeys”,
  7. From 1996 to 1997, he played the title character in “Bruno the Kid”. He starred in the 1996 film “Last Man Standing”, the 1997 films “The Fifth Element” and “The Jackal”, the 1998 films “Mercury Rising”, “Armageddon” and “The Siege”, the 1999 films “Breakfast of Champions”, the 2000 films “The Whole Nine Yards”, “The Kid” and “Unbreakable”, the 2001 film “Bandits” and the 2002 films “Hart’s War” and “Grand Champion”.
  8. He and Moore announced their separation on June 24, 1998 and filed for divorce on October 18, 2000, which was finalized on October 19, 2000. He played Dr. Nickle in “Ally McBeal” in 1999, Paul Stevens in “Friends” in 2000 and Lee in “True West” in 2002. He starred in the 2003 film “Tears of the Sun” and the 2004 film “The Whole Ten Yards”.
  9. In 2004, he and Brooke Burns were in a relationship for 10 months. He attended Moore and Ashton Kutcher‘s wedding on September 24, 2005. He starred in the 2005 film “Hostage” and played Vic in “That ’70s Show” in 2005. He played John Hartigan in “Sin City” in 2005 and in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” in 2014.
  10. He starred in the 2006 films “Alpha Dog”, “Lucky Number Slevin”, “16Blocks” and “Fast Food Nation”, the 2007 films “Perfect Stranger” and “Planet Terror”, the 2008 films “Assassination of a High School President” and “What Just Happened”, the 2009 film “Surrogates” and the 2010 film “Cop Out”.
  11. On March 21, 2009, he married Emma Heming in Turks and Caicos. Moore and Kutcher attended the ceremony, which was not legally binding. On March 27, 2009, he and Heming wed again in a civil ceremony in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA. Heming gave birth to their daughters Mabel Willis in April 2012 and Evelyn Willis in May 2014.
  12. He played Frank Moses in “Red” in 2010 and in “Red 2” in 2013. He starred in the 2011 films “Setup” and “Catch: 44”, the 2012 films “Lay the Favorite”, “The Cold Light of Day”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Expendables 2”, “Looper” and “Fire with Fire”, the 2013 film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, the 2014 film “Omar”, the 2015 film “Vice”, “Rock the Kasbah” and “Extraction”, the 2016 films “Precious Cargo”, “Marauders” and “Split”, the 2017 films “Once Upon a Time in Venice” and “First Kill”, the 2018 films “Acts of Violence”, “Death Wish”, “Reprisal” and “Air Strike” and the 2019 films “Glass”, “Motherless Brooklyn”, “10 Minutes Gone” and “Trauma Center”. He appeared in “Comedy Central Roast” in 2018 and played Groogen in “The Orville” in 2019.
  13. He starred in the 2020 films “Survive the Night”, “Hard Kill” and “Breach”, the 2021 films “Cosmic Sin”, “Out of Death”, “Midnight in the Switchgrass”, “Survive the Game”, “Apex”, “Deadlock” and “Fortress” and the 2022 films “American Siege”, “Gasoline Alley”, “A Day to Die”, “Fortress: Sniper’s Eye”, “Vendetta”, “The Wrong Place”, “Die Like Lovers” and “Corrective Measures”. On March 30, 2022, his family announced that he was diagnosed with aphasia and he would be taking a break from acting.

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