THE SIXTH SENSE
(Dr. Malcolm Crowe) 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 Twelve Monkeys,
along the way becoming an international box office superstar.
Willis was raised in a working-class family in New Jersey and
attended Montclair State College because of its highly regarded
theater 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 off-Broadway plays and television commercials
while occasionally playing his harmonica and sitting in with rhythm-and-blues
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 hit television series Moonlighting,
for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award.
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 highest-grossing films of
The following year Willis took a dramatic turn by portraying a
Vietnam War veteran haunted by combat memories in Norman Jewison's
In Country, he then returned to comedy, providing the voice
of wisecracking baby Mikey in the highly successful Look Who's
In 1990, he starred in the hit sequel to Die Hard, Die Hard
2: Die Harder, and followed that with a starring role in Mortal
Willis co-starred 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,
co-starring Paul Newman. He also starred in the hit Die Hard
With a Vengeance, as well as The Fifth Element, and
in the box office blockbuster Armageddon.
Later this year, Willis will be seen in Breakfast of Champions,
based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, for which he also served
as producer. He has also completed a starring role in The Story
of Us opposite Michelle Pfeiffer for director Rob Reiner.
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 Stronger, also for Motown.
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