Being an actor is one of the career paths that make it easy to achieve fame, but it takes Bruce Willis to remain relevant and active in the industry for over 3 decades. Of course, the man is without a doubt one of the most influential actors in Hollywood. Furthermore, he is a producer and singer at the same time.
Did you know that Willis is a big supporter of the military, that he once traveled to Iraq just to encourage the soldiers? Well, there are other things you probably haven’t heard about the actor. Let’s take a look at a brief account of his life and family life, the wealth he has accumulated, and other facts from his life.
Bruce Willis Bio (Age)
It is no secret that this Hollywood star was born on March 19 and in 1955 as Walter Bruce Willis. His birthplace was in West Germany, more precisely in Rhineland-Palatinate, in Idar-Oberstein. Bruce was born into the family of David Willis, who was an American soldier. David was discharged from military service about two years after Bruce’s birth in 1957. He became a welder and worked in a factory to feed his family. Meanwhile, Bruce’s mother, Marlene, Bruce’s mother, worked in a bank.
Bruce was born with the responsibility of being a first child. He is the eldest of his parents’ four children, including his sister Florence and his two brothers, Robert and David. Unfortunately, he lost Robert. The ancestry of this actor is quite complex as he is of mixed origin. Although he is a citizen of the United States of America, his ethnic background is connected with German, Welsh, Irish, Dutch, French, and English.
Records indicate that the American actor was a student at Penns Grove High School in Salem County, New Jersey. It is said that he was a stutterer and that he overcame his inability to express himself by performing on stage. This was the birth of an actor who would dominate the film industry in the years to come. Even though Bruce had what it took to survive in the film industry when he finished high school, his active involvement in the activities of his school’s drama group meant he had other jobs to do before he decided to devote all his attention to acting.
Bruce was first seen in Moonlight, a television series, and to further his acting career, he moved away from New York City and settled in California where he auditioned for roles. It wasn’t long before he started getting smaller roles. His first leading role in a feature film was in the romantic comedy Blind Date in 1987. Bruce had a handful of other leading roles, but it was his portrayal of John McClane in the 1988 action thriller Die Hard that became his big hit.
Bruce Willis’ filmography boasts a very long list of roles on television and even more in films. While these roles have enabled him to achieve the status of one of the highest-earning actors, they have also earned him many coveted awards.
In 2006, his services to the industry earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the same year, the French government honored him as an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters. A few years later (2013) he was elevated to the status of commander. In 2011, Bruce was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and beyond the Emmy and Golden Globe, he can boast of winning the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, the Golden Raspberry, the People’s Choice Award, and a number of other honors.
His Net Worth
Before Bruce made a name for himself as an actor, he was an enthusiastic businessman. At the time of writing this article, the total value of the man’s assets is estimated to be $180 million. Admittedly, the true extent of Bruce’s wealth is best known to him, but the amount is not unrealistic considering his many sources of income and his investment portfolio.
Bruce Willis owns quite a few properties in Idaho, New York City, Manhattan, California, and New Jersey. He is also co-owner of Cheyenne Enterprises, a California-based production company. He is known to have become the global face of Sobieski Vodka, among other things, after being given a 3.3% stake in the company.
Bruce Willis’ Wife and Daughters
Bruce met Demi Moore at the premiere of the 1987 film Stakeout. They wasted no time in becoming life partners, which was on November 21, 1987. Everything seemed to go well between the two of them until sometime in June 1998 it turned out that they were about to break up. In October 2000 their divorce was finalized.
Demi and Bruce had such a good relationship that Bruce attended the wedding ceremony between her and Ashton Kutcher in 2005. Although the two are no longer together, they have three daughters who remind them of what they had. Their first, Rumer, was born on August 16, 1988. After Rumer came Scout and then Tallulah. They were born on July 20, 1991, and February 3, 1994, respectively.
Bruce later found love again in Brooke Burns, they even went so far as to get engaged, but then the expected marriage did not come about because they fell apart very soon. The actor moved on and dated Tamara Feldman before settling down with Emma Heming in a marriage that was celebrated in Turks and Caicos on March 21 and in 2009. With the model, Bruce Willis has two more daughters – Mabel Ray Willis and Evelyn Penn Willis.
Height and Other Facts
For an actor of his caliber, it is not surprising that people are very interested in knowing every little detail about him, including his height. Well, the actor is 1.83 m tall. Below are more fun facts about him:
1. Bruce Willis is one of those actors where people find it hard to believe that they have never won an Oscar.
2. He has a fondness for the harmonica.
3. Bruce once blamed Colombia for the drug problems in the United States of America. Later he apologized for this comment.
4. His sex scenes in the 1994 “Color of Night” is considered one of the best sex scenes in film history.
5. Mr. Willis is a big fan of the New York Jets of the NFL