Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955), better known asÃ‚Â Bruce Willis, is an American actor, producer, and musician. His career began in television in the 1980s and has continued both in television and film since, including comedic, dramatic, and action roles. He is well known for the role ofÃ‚Â John McClane in theÃ‚Â Die Hard series, which were mostly critical and uniformly financial successes. He has also appeared in over sixty films, including box office successes likeÃ‚Â Pulp Fiction,Ã‚Â Sin City,Ã‚Â 12 Monkeys,Ã‚Â The Fifth Element,Ã‚Â Armageddon, andÃ‚Â The Sixth Sense.
Motion pictures featuring Willis haveÃ‚Â grossed US$2.64 billion to 3.05 billion at North AmericanÃ‚Â box offices, making him the ninth highest-grossing actor in a leading role and twelfth highest including supporting roles.
He is a two-timeÃ‚Â Emmy Award-winning,Ã‚Â Golden Globe Award-winning and four-timeÃ‚Â Saturn Award-nominated actor. Willis was married to actressÃ‚Â Demi Moore and they had three daughters before their divorce in 2000 after thirteen years of marriage.
- For his work on the television showÃ‚Â Moonlighting he won anÃ‚Â Emmy (“Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series”) and aÃ‚Â Golden Globe (“Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-SeriesÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ Comedy/Musical”) plus received additional nominations for the show.
- He was nominated for aÃ‚Â Golden Globe for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role in the filmÃ‚Â In Country
- Maxim magazine had named his sex scenes inÃ‚Â Color of Night (1994) as the best sex scenes ever in film history.
- In the 1999 drama/thriller film,Ã‚Â The Sixth Sense, Willis won theÃ‚Â Blockbuster Entertainment Award (“Favorite ActorÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ Suspense”) and theÃ‚Â People’s Choice Award (“Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama”). He was also nominated for theÃ‚Â Saturn Award for Best Actor and received two nominations for theÃ‚Â MTV Movie Awards for “Best Male Performance” and “Best On-Screen Duo”.
- In 2000, Willis won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work onÃ‚Â Friends.
- In February 2002, Willis was awarded the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award from Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. According to the organization, the award is given to performers who give a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.
- Also in 2002, Willis was appointed as national spokesman for Children in Foster Care by PresidentÃ‚Â George W. Bush. Willis wrote online: “I saw Foster Care as a way for me to serve my country in a system by which shining a little bit of light could benefit a great deal by helping kids who were literally wards of the government.”
- In April 2006, he was honored byÃ‚Â French government for his contributions to the film industry. Willis was named “Officier Dans L’ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres” (Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters) in a ceremony inÃ‚Â Paris. The French Prime Minister stated “This is France’s way of paying tribute to an actor who epitomizes the strength of American cinema, the power of the emotions that he invites us to share on the world’s screens and the sturdy personalities of his legendary characters.”
- On October 16, 2006, Willis was honored with a star of theÃ‚Â Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard and it was the 2,321st star awarded in its history. Willis, reacting to his reception of the star, stated “I used to come down here and look at these stars and I could never quite figure out what you were supposed to do to get one…time has passed and now here I am doing this, and I’m still excited. I’m still excited to be an actor.”