Bruce Willis has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He is known as one of the top action film stars that tinsel town has to offer. Born in West Germany in 1955, the 62-year-old actor is known worldwide for his role in films like Die Hard, Death Becomes Her, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, Red, Looper, and Armageddon. While his film career is nothing short of amazing, his personal life has made him an interest piece for his many fans. His first marriage to fellow actress Demi Moore, put the two of them on the radar of every major magazine and paparazzi schedule.
We often saw the two on red carpets together, while they made sure to maintain a homestead away from the public eye in Idaho. They were together for 13 years and seemed like they were there for the long hall. Sadly, they weren’t able to make their relationship last and divorced in 2000. They have three beautiful daughters together, of which Rumer, their eldest, has walked in their acting footsteps. While Bruce and Demi couldn’t make it work, both of them did indeed try again. Demi remarried to Ashton Kutcher, which ended in divorce as well, while Bruce remarried with model Emma Heming.
Bruce seems to love being surrounded by women, as he has only ever produced daughters. Bruce and Emma welcomed to girls into the world after they married in 2009. Other than the women in his life, Bruce has kept a steady film and television career, one that has earned him a net worth that is nothing short of remarkable. He has a huge heart that he shows through his philanthropic causes, and is one seriously incredible actor.
Bruce and Demi
Bruce met Demi Moore on the premiere of the film Stakeout. The couple married in November of 1987. This was Bruce’s first marriage and Demi’s second (she was married for a brief time when she was 17!). Once they were married they didn’t waste any time starting their family. They welcomed three daughters throughout their marriage – Rumer, born in 1988, Scout, born in 1991, and Tallulah, born in 1994.
Bruce and Demi were considered to be THE Hollywood power couple. They were together from 1987 until 2000. During their marriage, they were always seen together in a united front. They moved to Hailey, Idaho, where they raised their daughters out of the media spotlight. They liked having their space away from Hollywood, where things seemed to go wrong more easily. They did, however, attend many Hollywood events and red carpets together.
When Demi and Bruce announced that they were separating in 1998, the world was shocked. No one saw this union ending from a mile away. They filed for separation in 1998 but didn’t file for divorce until 2000. While the divorce was not final, the separation was in effect as Demi was dating someone else from 1999 to 2002. On the end of his marriage, Bruce said, “I felt I had failed as a father and a husband by not being able to make it work.”
A young Bruce
Sweet little Walter Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. His mother was a German national, while his father was an American soldier. Willis is the eldest child and has three additional siblings. One of his siblings, his brother Robert, passed away in 2001 from pancreatic cancer. Willis was raised in New Jersey, where he said that he came from a “long line of blue collar people”.
When Bruce was a young boy, he suffered a severe stutter. He discovered that he was able to overcome the stutter by being on stage of all things. He was in his high school production of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court when he made this revelation. He said, “When I stepped off the stage, I started stuttering again,” Willis said. “And I went, ‘This is a miracle. I’ve got to investigate this more.'”
Once he graduated from high school, Bruce landed a job as a security guard. He then followed that job up with a private investigator gig. After his time as an investigator, Bruce decided to take his love of acting to the next level. He enrolled at Montclair State University and was in their Drama Program. Bruce didn’t end up graduating as he dropped out during his junior year in 1977. He moved to New York City thereafter and worked as a bartender.
NY to CA
Bruce moved to California after his time in New York City didn’t prove fruitful. He was in a few minor roles but nothing worth writing home to, until he landed his role in Moonlighting in 1985. He auditioned for the role along with 3,000 other actors. It was his lucky break. He was about to move back east too! The show Moonlighting was his breakout role.
Bruce’s breakout role was actually on a television show and not a film. His role in the show Moonlighting back in 1985 really had people noticing him. For the role of David Addison Jr., which he portrayed for four years and 65 episodes, he won a Golden Globe Award, People’s Choice Award, Primetime Emmy Award, and was nominated for more of the same in later years.
Bruce has been in a lot of films that have a military theme to them, such as In Country, Hart’s War, G.I. Joe Retaliation, and The Siege, to name a few. Not only did he star in these military themed films, but he also grew up in a military family, which put the military in high regard for him. As such, Willis visited Iraq in 2003, as well as wanted to volunteer to fight during the second Iraq war, but was declined due to his age.
On his visit to Iraq
“I went to Iraq because what I saw when I was over there was soldiers—young kids for the most part—helping people in Iraq; helping getting the power turned back on, helping get hospitals open, helping get the water turned back on and you don’t hear any of that on the news. You hear, ‘X number of people were killed today,’ which I think does a huge disservice. It’s like spitting on these young men and women who are over there fighting to help this country.”
Bruce landed his major film role in Die Hard, essentially the film series that made him who he is today, due to the fact that both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the role. We are very happy that Arnie and Syl didn’t want the role, because we couldn’t imagine it going to anyone other than Bruce. Could you?
Speaking of Die Hard, also known as one of the films that made him the Hollywood heavyweight he is today, it was also the film that caused Bruce to go almost entirely deaf in his left ear. During the scene where his character kills one of the bad guys by shooting him under a table, the shots were so loud that Bruce lost much of his hearing in the ear in question.
He can sing
Bruce has his own music album. Now before you go out and hear it, we have to warn you that its not very good. However, his 1987 album, The Return of Bruno, was a surprise hit after one of its singles, Respect Yourself, was the one of the top five hit songs of 1987. Bruce released another album after this one but it didn’t do as well. His singing career was over after that failed attempt.
Bruce won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Paul Stevens, Rachel Green’s boyfriend on Friends. He was on the show for three episodes but made quite the impression with audiences. His time on the show was in 2000. It seems that anything Bruce touches turns to gold. He also won an Online Film & Television Association Award for the role.
Voice over work
You know the film Look Who’s Talking, with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley? Well, believe is or not, it was Bruce who did the voice of the baby! He went on to reprise the voice over gig with Look Who’s Talking Too, where the baby gets a younger sister. It’s amazing how versatile and fun he is with his film roles.
Major film success
Bruce has been in some of the biggest films of the last three decades. Some of his hit films include, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Sin City, Red, The Expendables 2, Looper, The Whole Ten Yard, Moonrise Kingdom, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Bruce is considered as one of the top action film stars in Hollywood history.
Bruce is one of the co-founders of Planet Hollywood. The themed restaurant, a la Hard Rock, was founded by himself and other action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former wife Demi Moore (who was G.I. Jane so she totally counts as an action star!). The chain is no longer successful but it was a huge hit when it first opened.
Bruce has always been a very savvy businessman, so when Belvedere SA Sobieski Vodka came to him and asked him to be a representative for the brand as their international face, he agreed to do so but only in exchange for 3.3% of the company! The agreement was signed in 2009, making Willis a lot more wealthy and with a never-ending flow of vodka.
The Sixth Sense
Bruce took the role of Dr. Malcolm Crowe in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense only because he owned Disney. Bruce was the reason for another Disney film not going into production and had therefore gotten himself into a bit of a mess with the company. It was after the death of the film he was also producing and starring in, The Broadway Brawler, that Disney called Willis up to pay his dues. The debt – The Sixth Sense.
Considering how many hit films he has under his belt, it is not that surprising to learn that Bruce Willis is worth $180 million. His fortune comes from his many successful films, as well as many endorsement deals, business transactions, and properties all over the country. His salary from Live Free or Die Hard in 2007 was $25 million! This net worth is well after the divorce from Demi, that cost Willis $90 million in a settlement.
Bruce got a second chance at love when he met Emma Heming. Emma is an English actress and model. The couple married in March of 2009 in Turks and Caicos, as well as in Beverly Hills, California a few days later, as their initial ceremony was not a legally binding one. The wedding was a very small affair and was attended by Bruce’s daughters, as well as former wife Demi Moore and her new husband (at the time), Ashton Kutcher.
Currently, Bruce is 62 years old, while his beautiful wife Emma is just 39 years of age. The 23-year age gap doesn’t seem to bother them, or anyone else for that matter. What got more press was the fact that his ex-wife Demi, married Ashton Kutcher, who was 15 years her junior. It is less common for the older party in a relationship to be the woman, which is changing, thankfully.
Bruce’s second wife, Emma, is a model with Elite Model Management. She has appeared in ads for Dior, Gap, Escada, Redken, and John Frieda. She has also been on the covers of major magazines, such as Glamour, W Magazine, Elle, Town and Country and was in Maxim magazine in the 86th spot of their Top 100 list. She has also walked the runway of designers like Chanel, John Galliano, Valentino, Herve Leger, and Ralph Lauren.
Bruce, who was already a father to three daughters (Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah), welcomed two more daughters with Emma. Clearly he is able to produce just girls! Bruce and Emma welcomed Mabel Ray in 2012, and Evelyn Penn in 2014. Emma is step mother to Bruce’s elder girls, who absolutely adore their little siblings. A modern family for sure, but a blissful one at that too!
Bruce and Demi have to be the coolest exes around. While they were married for years and divorced, they stayed in touch because of their daughters and remained good friends. So good, in fact, that Bruce was actually in attendance when Demi married Ashton Kutcher in 2005. Bruce and Demi take cordial exes to a whole new level. Such a wonderful example. Demi and Ashton were also in attendance at Bruce’s second wedding too!
Rumer Willis is Bruce’s eldest daughter. She has followed in her famous parent’s footsteps and has entered the acting world. Rumer has been in films like The House Bunny, Sorority Row, and Return to Sender, as well as television shows like CSI: NY, Army Wives, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Pretty Little Liars, and Empire. She was also on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Emma Hemings is the peep hole into the lives of the Willis clan. Her Instagram profile is full of photos of Bruce and her children. Her profile reads, “Wife, mama, stepmama, founder/CEO @CocoBabaOfficial, lifestyle blogger and ambassador to @RoomtoGrowOrg (👻emhemwill) EmmaHemingWillis.com.” She is the very proud stepmother to Bruce’s older girls, whom she displays often on her social media profiles.
Donating a ski resort
When you have as much money as Bruce Willis has, it’s just good karma to do something good with some of it. In 2012, Bruce offered to give a ski report to charity, a ski resort in Idaho that he owns. The president of the ski area planning firm that was working on the area’s future, said, “The owner wants to turn ownership to a non-profit entity that could continue operations of the ski area.”
In 2013, Bruce donated five of his own motorcycles to an auction that would benefit wounded combat soldiers and their families. Bruce said, “I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes.” What a mensch!
Bruce has been a working actor since the moment he decided it was the path he wanted to be on. His most recent role has been in three film productions that are currently in post-production, and one in pre-production phases. In 2018, the films The Bombing and Reprisal are set to be released, as well as the film Glass that is set to premiere in 2019.