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PERSONAL DATA OF BRUCE WILLIS
Age: 66 years old
Height: 183 cm
Born in: Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Born on: 19/03/1955
Spouse: Emma Heming (s. 2009), Demi Moore (s. 1987-2000)
Sons: Rumer Willis, Tallulah Belle Willis, Scout LaRue Willis, Evelyn Penn Willis, Mabel Ray Willis
BIOGRAPHY OF BRUCE WILLIS
Walter Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, the March 19, 1955, but he is half American by paternal line, in fact his father was a soldier and when he is discharged from the army he returns with the whole family to New Jersey. The passion for acting came very soon for self-correction, the little Bruce was in fact a stutterer and for this he was often targeted by peers; thanks to the school stage, he manages to overcome the speech therapy problem and develops an inclination towards acting, which during the school years will lead him to participate in theater clubs.
Upon graduation, Willis held various jobs, including a private investigator, and after leaving his drama course at the University of Montclair, he moved to New York, where he worked as a bartender. In search of fortune, Willis also leaves the Big Apple and tries an acting career in California, where between one audition and another he manages to get small parts in some episodes of the series. Miami Vice (1984) and On the edge of reality (1985). The turning point, always in the television field, comes with Moonlighting – Blue Moon Agency (1985), a series between the detective and the sentimental, which sees him as the protagonist together with Cybill Shepherd. Willis thanks to his interpretation manages to obtain over the years of production of the series several awards for his role, such as a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actor.
In 1987 she finally received her first leading role in the cinema – until now she had only received gigs as an extra – alongside the sex-symbol Kim Basinger with Blind date of Blake Edwards, a director who also wants it in his subsequent work, Intrigue in Hollywood (1989). Although it was launched by a master of cinema like Edwards, it is not with these films that he receives the coveted fame – although they have begun to make him known – but with Crystal trap (1988) by John McTiernan. In the action movie Willis plays the role of the agent John McClane engaged in fighting a group of German terrorists, led by Alan Rickman. Crystal Trap consecrates his interpreter as a Hollywood star, but also as the hero of the moment, Willis has in fact performed most of the stunts required by the film without the help of a stuntman. The role of John McClane and the saga dedicated to him, Die Hard, will be a milestone in the actor’s career, who will play his role in four other films: 58 minutes to die – Die Harder (1990), Die Hard – Die Hard (1995), Die Hard – Live or die (2007) and Die Hard – A good day to die (2013).
The success of the first film leads Willis to leave TV – with the consequent cancellation of Moonlighting as well – to attempt a film career. After receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Vietnam – Truth to forget (1989) and voicing the child protagonist of Look Who’s Talking (1989) and Look who’s talking 2 (1990), the 90s opened with the cast entering the flop Bonfire of the vanities (1990) by Brian De Palma, next to Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith is Morgan Freeman. In 1992 he is Dr. Ernest Menville, contested by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death makes you beautiful of Robert Zemeckis and appears in a cameo, playing himself, ne The protagonists of Robert Altman. His career, which in the early 90s seemed to have rested on its laurels, undergoes a surge with his participation in the cult movie pulp Fiction (1994) with John Travolta, Uma Thurman is Samuel L. Jackson, film in which Quentin Tarantino, undecided on who to bet for the part of boxer Butch, after choosing Willis decides to rewrite the physical history of the character from budding boxer to fighter now near the end of his career.
The second part of this decade is totally demanding and crowned by highly successful films, in which Willis is the protagonist: The army of the 12 monkeys (1995) of Terry Gilliam, Still alive (1996) of Walter Hill is The fifth element (1997) of Luc Besson. Followed, however, by other flops, The Jackal (1997) and Mercury Code (1998), from which he will recover with the success of Armageddon – Final Judgment (1998), although he was severely attacked by critics and garnered Willis his second Razzie Award for Worst Lead Actor. The actor, however, does not give up and manages to close the 90s in style with the role of Malcolm Crowe neither The sixth sense (1999), which received critical and public acclaim, reviving the career of Willis, who opened the 2000s with an Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his participation in three episodes of Friends (1994).
He is the protagonist together with Matthew Perry of FBI: Witness protection (2000), which will also have a sequel in 2004, but there are other works that mark this decade starting from Under court martial (2002) with Colin Farrell to Sin City of Robert Rodriguez, which will also want it in 2007 in Grindhouse – Planet Terror and in the sequel Sin City – A woman to kill for (2014). And as always, maximum points alternate, such as Alpha Dog (2006) and Slevin – Criminal Pact (2006), to failures, such as The Last Dawn (2003) and Cops Out – Two cops on the loose (2010). Shares the set alongside other Hollywood toughs in The expendables (2010), where it supports Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others, who will come back together with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Willis himself in The Expendables 2 (2012).
2012 sees him busy with sentimental comedy Moonrise Kingdom – A love escape of Wes Anderson and next to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the sci-fi thriller Looper – On the run from the past, both films that have achieved excellent results. In 2015 he made his Broadway debut with William Goldman’s adaptation of Misery, from the Stephen King novel. In 2018, however, after some minor films, he is the protagonist of The executioner of the night of Eli Roth, remake of the ’74 film of the same name.
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