G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
(General Joe Colton) 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
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 three sequels- DIE HARD: DIE HARDER
(1990), DIE HARD: WITH A VENGEANCE (1995's global box-office champ),
and LIVE FREE, DIE HARD (one of the box-office hits of summer 2007).
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, GRIND HOUSE).
Other motion picture credits include THE JACKAL, MERCURY RISING, HART'S
WAR, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, THE KID, TEARS OF THE
SUN, HOSTAGE, 16 BLOCKS, ALPHA 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 as well as the
lead character RJ & Spike in the animated hit features OVER THE
HEDGE and RUGRATS GO WILD!
Willis was last seen in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (the fifth installment
in the popular DIE HARD franchise), the Golden Globe nominated feature
film RED opposite Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, Wes
Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM and Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller LOOPER.
In addition to his work before 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 brother David
Willis and business partner Stephen Eads, he 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' late brother Robert.
An accomplished musician as well, 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 DON'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. service men.
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