TEARS OF THE SUN
BRUCE WILLIS has demonstrated incredible versatility in a career that has
included such diverse characterizations as the prizefighter in Quentin
Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, the philandering contractor in Robert Benton's
Nobody's Fool, the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam's Twelve
traumatized Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison's In Country, the compassionate
child psychologist in M. Night Shyamalan's Oscar-nominated The Sixth Sense (for
which he won the People's Choice Award) and his signature role, detective John
McClaine, in the Die Hard trilogy.
Following studies at Montclair State College's prestigious theater program,
the New Jersey native honed his craft in several stage plays and countless
television commercials, before landing the leading role in Sam Shepard's 1984
stage drama Fool for Love, a run which lasted for 100 performances off-Broadway.
Willis achieved international stardom and garnered several acting awards
(including an Emmy and a Golden Globe) for his starring role as private eye
David Addison in the hit TV series Moonlighting, a role that he won over 3,000
other contenders. He made his motion picture debut opposite Kim Basinger
in Blake Edwards' romantic comedy Blind Date. In 1988, he created the role of
John McClane in the blockbuster Die Hard. He reprised the character in two
sequels Die Hard 2 and Die Hard: With A Vengeance, 1995's global box office
His wide array of film roles includes collaborations with such respected
filmmakers as Michael Bay (Armageddon), M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense
and Unbreakable), Alan Rudolph (Mortal Thoughts, Breakfast of
Hill (Last Man Standing), Robert Benton (Billy Bathgate, Nobody's Fool), Rob
Reiner (The Story of Us), Ed Zwick (The Siege), Luc B esson (The Fifth
Barry Levinson (Bandits) and Robert Zemeckis (Death Becomes Her).
Other motion picture credits include The Jackal, Mercury Rising, The Whole
Nine Yards (and its upcoming sequel The Whole Ten Yards) and Disney's
He also voiced the character of the wise cracking infant, Mikey, in Look Who's
Talking and Look Who's Talking Too. He recently voice the character of Spike in
the animated The Rugrats Meet The Wild Thornberrys.
In addition to this work before the cameras, Willis produced The Whole Nine
Yards and executive produced Breakfast of Champions, an adaptation of Kurt
Vonnegut's best selling novel. With longtime agent, and now partner, Arnold
Rifkin, he co-founded Cheyenne Enterprisers, LLC, a film and television
production company based in Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In January
2000, the partners signed a film production deal with Joe Roth's Revolution
Willis also maintains a hand in the theater. In 1997, he co-founded A Company
of Fools, a non-profit theater troupe committed to developing and sustaining
stage work in the Wood River Valley of Idaho, and throughout the U.S. He
recently starred in and directed a staging of Sam Shepard's dark comedy True
West at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey, Idaho. The play, which depicts the
troubled relationship between two brothers, was aired on Showtime and dedicated
to Willis' late brother Robert.
An accomplished musician, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album The Return of
Bruno, which w ent platinum and contained the #5 Billboard hit Respect Yourself.
Three years later, he recorded a second album If It Don't Kill You, It Just
Makes You Stronger. Last year, he launched a U.S. club tour with his new musical
group The Accelerators.
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