Creator / Bruce Willis

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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 Professor Snape out of a window. That man was this man.

Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor, producer and blues musician known for his smirk and Manliness.

Seriously, Bruce Willis was once known for his work in comedy, such as in the popular comedy/drama/mystery series Moonlighting. During the show's run, Willis was also hired to do wine cooler commercials.

His big break came when he played resourceful, smoking, snarky NYPD officer John McClane in the thriller Die Hard. 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 had a brief but mildly successful stint as a pop singer, most notably under the persona of Bruno (no, not 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 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 Pulp Fiction 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 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Appropriately, all three shared the big screen for the first time (although Willis was just a cameo) in 2010's The Expendables.

A frequent collaborator with Quentin Tarantino.


Notable Roles:

Film

Discography:

  • The Return Of Bruno (1987)
  • If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger (1989)

Video Games:

  • Apocalypse (1998)

Television Series

Producer Credits:

Tropes associated with him include:

  • Action Hero
  • Bald of Awesome: Since the late 1990s.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Sang the theme song for his animated kids' show Bruno the Kid.
  • Dull Surprise
  • Mr. Seahorse: Bruce parodied his then-wife Demi Moore's nude pregnant-belly cover shot on Vanity Fair by also posing naked with a pregnant belly in the same fashion for the September 1991 issue cover of Spy magazine.
  • The Prima Donna: He's gotten this reputation in The New Tens. Kevin Smith said he was a nightmare to work with on Cop Out, and he's also been difficult in interviews looking disinterested in the films he's promoting and not bothering to answer questions. Woody Allen also replaced him from one movie for not knowing his lines, even with the help of cue cards.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • The Southpaw: Willis is left-handed, and thus so are most of the characters he portrays, such as John McClane. However there are exceptions. In Sin City, he wielded his gun with his right hand to portray the character of John Hartigan, who was right-handed in the original comics, accurately.
  • Younger and Hipper: His big break, John McClane in the Die Hard films, was a huge example of this. In Nothing Lasts Forever, the novel the film was based on, Joe Leland (the McClane equivalent) is no-nonsense, uncool, tight-assed, and around twice Willis' age at the time he did that film. The casting of Bruce Willis, fresh from Moonlighting, forced the scriptwriters to overhaul the character completely to fit Willis' acting style.

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