A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
BRUCE WILLIS (John McClane) has demonstrated incredible versatility in a career that has included such diverse characterizations as the prizefighter in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION (1994 Palme D'Or winner at Cannes), the philandering contractor in Robert Benton's NOBODY'S FOOL, the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam's 12 MONKEYS, the 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 McClane, in the DIE HARD films.
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 next won international stardom and several acting awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe honors, for his starring role as private eye David Addison in the hit TV series MOONLIGHTING, winning the role over 3,000 other contenders. At the same time, he made his motion picture debut opposite Kim Basinger in Blake Edwards' romantic comedy BLIND DATE.
In 1988, he originated the role of John McClane in the blockbuster film, DIE HARD, one of the highest-grossing releases of the year. He later reprised the character in four sequels: DIE HARD 2 (1990), DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (1995's global box-office champ), LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (one of the box-office hits of summer 2007), and now A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
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 CHAMPIONS), Walter Hill (LAST MAN STANDING), Robert Benton (BILLY BATHGATE, NOBODY'S FOOL), Rob Reiner (THE STORY OF US), Ed Zwick (THE SIEGE), Luc Besson (THE FIFTH ELEMENT), Barry Levinson (BANDITS, WHAT JUST HAPPENED), Robert Zemeckis (DEATH BECOMES HER) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE).
Other motion picture credits include THE JACKAL, MERCURY RISING, HART'S WAR, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS (and its sequel THE WHOLE TEN YARDS), THE KID, TEARS OF THE SUN, HOSTAGE, 16 BLOCKS, ALHA DOG, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN and PERFECT STRANGER. He also voiced the character of the wise-cracking infant, Mikey, in LOOK WHO'S TALKING and LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO well as the lead characters, respectively, RJ & Spike, in the animated hit features OVER THE HEDGE and RUGRATS GO WILD!
This past year, Willis successfully added to his credits two critically acclaimed films: director Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM for which Willis and the film received IndependentFilm Award nominations; and director Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller LOOPER co-starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. Willis will reteam with Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary Louise Parker in RED 2, follow up to the Golden Globe nominated RED.
In addition to his work in front of the cameras, Willis produced HOSTAGE and THE WHOLE NINE YARDS and executive produced BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's best-selling novel. With his brother David Willis and business partner Stephen Eads, Bruce Willis co-founded Willis Brothers Films, a film production company based in Los Angeles.
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 starred in and directed a staging of Sam Shepard's dark comedy TRUE WEST at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, Idaho. The play, which depicts the troubled relationship between two brothers, was aired on Showtime and dedicated to Willis's late brother Robert.
An accomplished musician, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album THE RETURN OF BRUNO, which went platinum and contained the No. 5 Billboard hit "Respect Yourself." Three years later, he recorded a second album IF IT DOESN'T KILL YOU, IT JUST MAKES YOU STRONGER. In 2002 he launched a U.S. club tour with his musical group, Bruce Willis and the Blues Band and he traveled to Iraq to play for U.S. servicemen.
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