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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 [[Creator/AlanRickman Professor Snape]] out of a window. That man was this man.''
-->-- '''''Website/{{Cracked}}'''''

'''Walter Bruce Willis''' (born March 19, 1955) is an American 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.

His big break came when he played resourceful, smoking, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] NYPD officer John [=McClane=] in the thriller ''Film/DieHard''. People were at first surprised and skeptical when they heard of his casting, since [[TomHanksSyndrome 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 ''[[Film/{{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 Creator/SylvesterStallone. Appropriately, all three shared the big screen for the first time (although Willis was just a [[TheCameo cameo]]) in 2010's ''Film/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 in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'' (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 ''Film/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 ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis and Butt-Head Do America]]'' (1996)
* Korben Dallas in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' (1997)
* The Jackal in ''Film/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/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' (2003)
* Lt. A.K. Waters in ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'' (2003)
* Spike the Dog in ''Film/RugratsGoWild'' (2003)
* AsHimself in ''Film/OceansTwelve'' (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 ''Film/WhatJustHappened'' (2008)
* Agent Greer in ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'' (2009)
* Jimmy Monroe in ''Film/CopOut'' (2010)
* Frank Moses in ''Film/{{Red}}'' (2010, 2013 sequel)
* Mr. Church in ''Film/TheExpendables'' and ''Film/TheExpendables2'' (2010, 2012) [[note]] Short cameo on the first movie, has bigger role in the sequel.[[/note]]
* Captain Sharp in ''Film/MoonriseKingdom'' (2012)
* Adult Joe in ''Film/{{Looper}}'' (2012)
* General Joe Coulton in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' (2013)
* Omar in ''Film/ThePrince'' (2014).

!!! Discography:
* ''The Return Of Bruno'' (1987)
* ''If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger'' (1989)

!!! VideoGames:
* ''Apocalypse'' (1998)

!!! {{UsefulNotes/Television}} {{Series}}
* David Addison, Jr. in ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' (198589)
* Bruno the Kid in ''WesternAnimation/BrunoTheKid'' (199697)

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

! Tropes associated with him include:
* ActionHero
* BaldOfAwesome: Since the late 1990s.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Sang the theme song for his animated kids' show ''WesternAnimation/BrunoTheKid''.
* DullSurprise
* MisterSeahorse: Bruce parodied his then-wife Creator/DemiMoore'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.
* ThePrimaDonna: He's gotten this reputation in TheNewTens. Creator/KevinSmith said he was a nightmare to work with on ''Film/CopOut'', and he's also been difficult in interviews looking disinterested in the films he's promoting and not bothering to answer questions. Creator/WoodyAllen also replaced him from his movie ''Cafe Society'' for not knowing his lines, even with the help of cue cards.
* RatedMForManly
* TheSouthpaw: Willis is left-handed, and thus so are most of the characters he portrays, such as John [=McClane=]. However there are exceptions. In ''Film/SinCity'', he wielded his gun with his right hand to portray the character of John Hartigan, who was right-handed in the original comics, accurately.
* YoungerAndHipper: His big break, John [=McClane=] in the ''Franchise/DieHard'' films, was a huge example of this. In ''Nothing Lasts Forever'', the novel the film was based on, Joe Leland ([[AdaptationNameChange 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 ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', forced the scriptwriters to overhaul the character completely to fit Willis' acting style.
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