|Date of birth||
March 19, 1955
|Place of Birth||
Idar-Oberstein, State of Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany
Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an internationally renowned American actor, made famous by his role of John McClane in the original Die Hard. He has since reprised the role in all of its sequels, something no other actor has accomplished in the series; Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. He has confirmed there will be a sixth and final installment, currently titled Die Hardest.
Willis has appeared in the number of successful movies, including The Last Boy Scout, Striking Distance, Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, Mercury Rising, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Sin City, The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards, Tears of the Sun, Hostage, 16 Blocks, The Expendables and it's sequel The Expendables 2, RED and its sequel RED 2, Looper, Moonrise Kingdom and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also had a lead voice acting role in Over the Hedge.
As John McClaneEdit
Willis was finally hired to interpret John McClane in the first Die Hard movie, in 1988, after director John McTiernan offered the script of the movie and thew role to a variety of action stars, including Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and Don Johnson, all of whom turned it down.
Demographic data from CinemaScore helped persuade the studio and director John McTiernan to cast Willis. He was paid $5 million to star in the film, a figure virtually unheard of at the time for an actor who had starred in only one moderately successful film, and normally paid to the major stars of the time, such as Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty.
McClane's character role catapulted Willis to movie star and action hero status. After the success of the first Die Had film, Willis would reprise his role as John McClane in the next sequels, which also were box office successes.