Bruce Willis: Snapshot

Bruce Willis
Date of Birth
March 19, 1955
Birth Place
Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Bruce Willis parlayed his Moonlighting success into a starring role in the action franchise Die Hard that made him one of Hollywood's top dogs. As he expanded his range, much-maligned failures (Hudson Hawk, Color of Night) were balanced with surprise successes (Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense).

His 13-year marriage to Demi Moore produced three daughters. But when she later married younger heartthrob Ashton Kutcher, instead of playing the jealous ex-husband, Willis attended their ceremony.

Meanwhile, in March 2009, Demi and Ashton returned the favor, attending Willis's intimate wedding to model Emma Heming, with whom he welcomed daughters Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn.

Bruce Willis: Five Fun Facts

  1. Bruce Willis was picked as the voice of baby Mikey in the Look Who's Talking films over more established comedians. Director Amy Heckerling tells PEOPLE, ""Bruce is perfect because he has an airy, quiet kind of voice. It's sophisticated and the baby is very knowing.""
  2. In 2002, Bruce Willis bought 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from daughter Tallulah, then 8, to send to troops in Afghanistan. The Girl Scouts' bakery, which is open for two months a year, had to reopen to finish the order.
  3. According to Playboy, the producer of Moonlighting auditioned 3,000 actors for the male lead before finding Bruce Willis.
  4. In 2000, Bruce Willis was voted to PEOPLE's Worst Dressed List. "Obviously, fashion is not his specialty," says designer Elie Tahari. "He doesn't look like he spends much time shopping for clothes."
  5. In May 2006, a mock attempt to beat magician David Blaine's mark by holding his breath underwater in a giant tank on the Late Show With David Letterman left Blaine's record intact. Bruce Willis only lasted twenty seconds.

Bruce Willis: Biography


Bruce Willis


College Dropout

After his sophomore year at Montclair State College, the blue-collar, Carney's Point, N.J., native (he was born on a military base in Germany) drops out of school and moves to New York determined to make it as an actor. Willis parties hard, tending bar and nightclubbing while getting roles off Broadway and off off Broadway. "I'd just start walking, anywhere, wind up in some new neighborhood, spend all day doing that," he later tells The New York Times in 1995.


Bruce Willis

March 05

Mr. Primetime

As wisecracking private detective David Addison, Willis becomes a household name opposite Cybill Shepherd on the ABC primetime series Moonlighting. "Women find him appealing and guys have a fantasy that they could be like him," ABC talent vice-president Gary Pudney tells PEOPLE in 1987. "That's why he's become such a valuable commodity to us so quickly."


Bruce Willis

November 21

Rolling the Dice

After dating for several months, Willis marries actress Demi Moore in a suite at the Golden Nugget hotel in Las Vegas. It's the first marriage for Willis, while Moore, 25, who was engaged to fellow Brat Pack actor Emilio Estevez until the previous winter, was married in the early '80s to musician Freddy Moore.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Lorenzo Aguis/Getty

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Classmates Yearbook Archives; ABC/Getty; David McGough/DMIPhoto

Edited by Julia Wang

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