BRUCE WILLIS (Harry S. Stamper) has demonstrated incredible
versatility in his career, having come full circle from an action
hero in the popular film "Die Hard" to a meek, classic
antihero in "Death Becomes Her," to a traumatized time
traveler in "12 Monkeys," along the way becoming an
international box office superstar.
Willis was raised in a workingclass family in New Jersey
and attended Montclair State College because of its highly regarded
theatre department. After numerous auditions, he landed a role
in the play "Heaven and Earth" in 1977, which was incentive
enough for him to quit school and move to New York to pursue an
Soon he was cast in offBroadway plays and television commercials
while occasionally playing his harmonica and sitting in with rhythmandblues
bands. His acting breakthrough came in 1984 when he replaced the
lead in Sam Shepard's play "Fool For Love," a run which
lasted one hundred performances off Broadway. Later that year,
while on a trip to Los Angeles, Willis was selected from 3,000
contenders to star as David Addison in the phenomenally popular
hit television series "Moonlighting" for which he won
an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award and ultimately become an international
In 1986 his continued pursuit of the love of music resulted in
the release of an album for Motown Records entitled Bruce Willis:
The Return of Bruno which eventually went platinum, hanging
on the charts for over 29 weeks. His remake of the single "Respect
Yourself" landed at an impressive #5 on the charts. In 1989
he released his second album, If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes
You Strong, also for Motown.
Willis made his feature film debut starring opposite Kim Basinger
in the Blake Edwards comedy, "Blind Date." He then reunited
with the director to play cowboy Tom Mix in the murder mystery
"Sunset" before going on to star in the blockbuster
motion picture "Die Hard," one of the highestgrossing
films of 1988.
The following year Willis took a dramatic turn by portraying a
Vietnam War veteran haunted by combat memories in Norman Jewison's
"In Country." Returning to comedy, Willis provided the
voice of wisecracking baby Mikey in the highly successful "Look
Who's Talking" and its sequel "Look Who's Talking Too."
In 1990 Willis starred in the hit sequel to "Die Hard,"
"Die Hard 2: Die Harder," and then starred in "Bonfire
of the Vanities," "Mortal Thoughts," "Hudson
Hawk" and "Billy Bathgate." He followed these roles
with "The Last Boy Scout," "Striking Distance"
and "Color of Night."
Willis costarred in the Quentin Tarantino drama "Pulp
Fiction," which was the 1994 Grand Prize winner of the Palme
d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also seen in "Nobody's
Fool," costarring Paul Newman. He recently starred
in the hit "Die Hard 3" as well as "Last Man Standing,"
"The Fifth Element" and "The Jackal."
Willis recently completed starring in and producing "Breakfast
of Champions," based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, costarring
Albert Finney and Nick Nolte for director Alan Rudolph.
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