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->''There are many winding paths a man can follow to greatness. He could build an orphanage, or perhaps write a symphony. But there is only one man in the history of history to have achieved greatness by screaming "yipee-ki-aye-ay motherfucker" and pushing [[AlanRickman Professor Snape]] out of a window. That man was this man.''
-->-- '''''{{Website/Cracked}}'''''

'''Bruce Willis''' (born March 19, 1955) is an actor, producer and blues musician known for his [[DreamworksFace smirk]] and [[RatedMForManly Manliness]].

Seriously, Bruce Willis was once known for his work in comedy, such as in the popular comedy/drama/mystery series ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''. During the show's run, Willis was also hired to do wine cooler commercials, no doubt making people go [[HeyItsThatGuy "Hey, it's that guy!"]]

His big break came when he played a resourceful, smoking, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] NYPD officer named John [=McClane=] in the thriller ''Film/DieHard''. People were at first surprised and skeptical when they heard of his casting, since he was mostly known as a funny guy, as well as that annoying guy from those wine cooler commercials. Playing [=McClane=] with a mix of humor and sympathy and performing most of his own stunts, Willis proved he had the chops as a serious action star, and ''Die Hard'' was a hit that jump-started a blockbuster franchise.

Before and following his success on ''Die Hard'', Willis was a mildy successful pop singer for a brief period of time, most notably under the persona of Bruno (no, not ''[[{{Bruno}} that]]'' persona).

Since ''Die Hard'', Willis has had a healthy film career, alternating between action, comedy, and even straight-up drama. In many of his action movies, Willis is the king of the heroic comeback, and usually has one scene where the bad guys [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown work him over badly]], only for him to come back in the final reel and win out. This was perhaps best codified in 1994's ''Film/PulpFiction'' in which he plays a down-and-out boxer who bets the money he took to take a fall on himself and earns himself a very bizarre day, only to come through in the end and ride off into the future on a chopper with his girl by his side. It's also worth noting that the ending of Bruce's story arc is also technically the end of the movie itself, at least as far as the strict continuity of events is concerned.

He also co-founded the Planet Hollywood restaurant alongside fellow action movie titans Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and SylvesterStallone. Appropriately, all three shared the big screen for the first time (although Willis was just a [[TheCameo cameo]]) in 2010's ''TheExpendables''.

A frequent collaborator with Creator/QuentinTarantino.

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!! Notable Roles:
!!! {{Film}}
* John [=McClane=] in ''Film/DieHard'' (1988), ''Film/DieHard2'' (1990), ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' (1995), ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (2007), and ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' (2013).
** Willis also plays this character in a cameo at ''[[LoadedWeapon1 National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1]]'' (1993)
* Tom Mix in ''Film/{{Sunset}}'' (1988)
* The voice of baby Mikey in ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' (1989) and ''Look Who's Talking Too'' (1990)
* Peter Fallow in ''Film/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'' (1990)
* Eddie "Hudson Hawk" Hawkins (and co-writer) in ''HudsonHawk'' (1991)
* Joe Hallenbeck in ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'' (1991)
* Dr. Ernest Menville in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' (1992)
* Det. Tom Hardy in ''Film/StrikingDistance'' (1993)
* Butch Coolidge in ''Film/PulpFiction'' (1994)
* North's guardian angel (complete with... a bunny suit? [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Our Angels Are Very Very Different]].) in ''Film/{{North}}'' (1994)
* Bill Capa in ''Film/ColorOfNight'' (1994)
* Leo in ''Film/FourRooms'' (1995)
* James Cole in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' (1995)
* John Smith in ''Film/LastManStanding'' (1996)
* Muddy Grimes in ''[[BeavisAndButthead Beavis and Butt-Head Do America]]'' (1996)
* Korben Dallas in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' (1997)
* The Jackal in ''TheJackal'' (1997)
* Harry S. Stamper in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (1998)
* Major General Devereaux in ''Film/TheSiege'' (1998)
* Art Jeffries in ''Film/MercuryRising'' (1998)
* Dr. Malcolm Crowe in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' (1999)
* James Stefan "Jimmy The Tulip" Tudeski in ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'' (2000) and ''The Whole Ten Yards'' (2004)
* David Dunn in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'' (2000)
* Russ Duritz in ''Film/TheKid2000''
* Joe Blake in ''Film/{{Bandits}}'' (2001)
* William Rose Bailey in ''[[Film/CharliesAngels Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle]]'' (2003)
* Lt. A.K. Waters in ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'' (2003)
* Spike the Dog in ''Film/RugratsGoWild'' (2003)
* AsHimself in ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'' (2004)
* Jeff Talley in ''Film/{{Hostage}}'' (2005)
* John Hartigan in ''Film/SinCity'' (2005)
* Sonny Truelove in ''Film/AlphaDog'' (2006).
* Mr. Goodkat in ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' (2006)
* RJ in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' (2006)
* Jack Mosley in ''Film/SixteenBlocks'' (2006)
* Harrison Hill in ''Film/PerfectStranger'' (2007)
* Lt. Muldoon in ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' (2007)
* Himself in ''WhatJustHappened'' (2008)
* Agent Greer in ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'' (2009)
* Jimmy Monroe in ''Film/CopOut'' (2010)
* Frank Moses in ''Film/{{Red}}'' (2010)
* Mr. Church in ''Film/TheExpendables'' (2010, 2012 sequel) [[note]] Short cameo on the first movie, has bigger role in the sequel.[[/note]]
* Adult Joe in ''Film/{{Looper}}'' (2012)
* General Joe Coulton in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' (2013).

!!! {{Television}} {{Series}}
* David Addison, Jr. in ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' (1985-1989)
* Bruno The Kid in ''WesternAnimation/BrunoTheKid'' (1996-1997)

!! Producer Credits:
* ''Bruno The Kid''
* ''The Series/CrocodileHunter:'' ''[[TheMovie Collision Course]]'' (2002)
* ''Hostage''

! Tropes associated with him include:
* ActionHero
* BaldOfAwesome
* DeadpanSnarker
* DoingItForTheArt: Is considered one of the codifiers in terms of A-list actors willingly taking a gigantic paycut to do an independent film, with ''Film/PulpFiction''; the film's success and the career boost that Willis got from it had other big-name actors following suit with the same strategy. Considering his MoneyDearBoy stance to action movies nowadays, it seems like this trope is the only way to get him invested in a role (while Creator/KevinSmith had a headache dealing with Willis on ''Film/CopOut'', Rian Johnson of ''Film/{{Looper}}'' said Willis was cordial and accessible to the crew and all-in with the material, including [[spoiler: playing the eventual antagonist.]])
** AwesomeDearBoy: Another reason why the independents were taken was to challenge himself and work with who we wanted.
-->I got to work with PaulNewman; I did ''Film/NobodysFool'' because all my scenes were with him. I did ''DeathBecomesHer'' because I wanted to work with MerylStreep, GoldieHawn and the director, Bob Zemeckis. Iím more proud of some of the small films than the big ones. ''Mortal Thoughts'', ''Nobodyís Fool'', ''LuckyNumberSlevin''.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Sang the theme song for his animated kids' show ''WesternAnimation/BrunoTheKid''.
* MoneyDearBoy: Has implied that this is the only reason he still does action movies, as "explosions bore me."
* PlayingAgainstType:
** As a nebbishy plastic surgeon in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' and a convict sent to the past to stop a virus in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''.
** And a cruel villain in ''Film/TheJackal''
** Playing [[spoiler: a well-intentioned extremist and villain protagonist]] in ''Film/{{Looper}}''
** Although he played a policeman in ''Film/MoonriseKingdom'', his character doesn't say one liners, run away from explosions, make sarcastic remarks and say one liners.
** Also a child psychologist in ''Film/TheSixthSense''.
* RatedMForManly
* TomHanksSyndrome: A variant, as he begun in comedy but after ''Die Hard'' drifted into more serious roles, usually of the action genre (while still dropping plenty of one liners).
* TypeCasting: Almost every role he has played had been either a cop or an action hero.
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