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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 acting career.

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 star.

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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