|Real Name: Walter Bruce Willis|
|Birthday: 19 March 1955|
|Place of Birth: West Germany|
|Family: Demi Moore (1987-2002) Children:Rumer, Scout, Tallulah|
|Education: Montclair State College|
Walter Bruce Willis was born on a military base in
Idar-Oberstein (former West Germany), on March 19, 1955. His father David was
a welder and Industrial worker who moved the Willis family to New Jersey
after being leaving from the military in 1957.
In 1999, he starred in the film revision of the tale by the same title,
of Champions", and was promoted into the $20 million club with his terrifying
role in "The Sixth Sense". The award winning movie that featured
Bruce as child
child psychiatrist Dr. Malcolm Crowe should be seen as one of his best roles
in his career. Next he co-starred with Michelle
Pfeiffer in the riveting and very clever "The Story of Us" about
a married couple who goes through hard times after fifteen years of marriage, and
as mob member Jimmy "The Tulip" in the second-rate, "The
Whole Nine Yards."
On the big screen, he was back to being smart-ass in "Bandits" with (2001), playing a prison fugitive who robs a number of banks with his self absorbed cohort (Billy Bob Thornton), and both men fall madly in love with a fugitive housewife (Cate Blanchett). He was better used as an American prisoner of war managing a murder trial in the WWII drama "Hart's War" with Colin Farrell (2002), then as the organizer of a special operations force on a search and rescue mission in the jungles of Africa in "Tears of the Sun" (2003). That year he also lent his distinctive voice to the animated dog Spike in "Rugrats Go Wild" and had an small cameo in "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle" alongside the sexy celebrity trio of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore.
The actor next showed up in a cameo appearance, playing himself in "Ocean's 12" (2004), the sequel to the 2001 adventure comedy hit starring his good friends Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Brad Pitt. He came back to the thriller adventure roles with "Hostage" (2005). In the film, he was a botched police hostage negotiator who finds himself forced to count on his old talents to save his divided family.
Next, he was welcomed with open arms in the highly acclaimed "Sin City" starring Jessica Alba (2005), Robert Rodriguez's visually striking variation of Frank Miller's crime era comic book series. In one of the actors best movie roles, "That Yellow Bastard," he had the inspiring role of Hartigan, a gracious, but tired and troubled police officer who goes to jail rather than lead the crooked family of a pedophile to the victim he rescued.
Returning to animation, he lent his voice to the calculating and cunning raccoon, RJ, in DreamWorks’ “Over the Hedge” (2005), a witty comedy about a band of forest creatures trying to salvage a nearby backyard after waking from their lengthy winter’s nap. In “Lucky Number Slevin” (2006), he portrayed a famous hit man who helps a man (Josh Hartnett) ensnared between two mob bosses (Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley) trying to get them before they murder him and his romantic love interest played by Lucy Liu.
He then made a small appearance as a retired astronaut who tries to encourage a determined farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) not to build his own space ship in “The Astronaut Farmer” (2006). He next returned to his leading man role in the adventure “16 Blocks” (2006), playing a drunk, hard nosed New York City cop responsible for transporting a small-time criminal (Mos Def) to his grand jury testimony against a crooked cop (David Morse), only to find out the hard way that the police wants the witness murdered.
Next was another small cameo as a muscular military activist in the “Planet Terror” sequence of “Grindhouse” (2007), an anthology of two 90-minute terror films from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez that was a revisit to the days of blood-spattered, sex crazed, features that rolled in sleazy movie house theaters in New York City.
He then fell back to playing the tough guy in “Perfect Stranger” (2007), a dull and slow thriller about an investigative reporter (Halle Berry) who poses as a worker at an advertising agency in order to clear up the murder of a friend connected to a authoritative ad executive.
In the meantime, action thriller fans had a reason to rejoice with the anticipated return of hero police detective John McClane in the fourth episode of the “Die Hard” series, “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007). Returning to the trademark role he fashioned nearly fifteen years earlier, he played a more grown-up, less feisty John McClane entering middle age who would show the world that once an action hero, always an action hero.
After an uncredited appearance in the detective film "Nancy Drew" (2007) starring the young Emma Roberts, he worked next to Michael Biehn in the action comedy "Planet Terror" (2007) about an experimental bio-weapon that is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. In 2008 he played Principal Kirkpatrick in the teen comedy "Assassination of a High School President" (2008), set at a Catholic high school, where the popular girl (Mischa Barton) teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed.
Bruce then starred in the action film "The Surrogates" (2009), set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, where a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates. Next was the horror drama "Pinkville" (2009) about an Army general William R. Peers who investigates the My Lai Massacre, an event in which several hundred Vietnamese civilians were killed by U.S. soldiers.
Another drama followed with "Morgan's Summit" (2009) about a late night radio host who promotes the power of kindness and changes his ways after a brutal crime affects his life and his thoughts turn to vengeance. Finally, "The Last Full Measure" (2009), with Morgan Freeman, about an ambitious government bureaucrat who is given an unwelcome assignment that could harm his carefully orchestrated career.