Fast Facts

  • Was born on an American military base in West Germany in 1955 and lived there for two years before his family moved to New Jersey.
  • Suffered from a stutter when he was younger, but he soon realized that it went away whenever he was in front of a large crowd of people, which led him to try acting.
  • Some of his jobs before acting: security guard at a nuclear-power plant, waiter and bartender in New York City, where he was discovered.
  • Began his entertainment career as a harmonica player in the band Loose Goose. Still involved in music, he occasionally tours with his band Bruce Willis & the Accelerators and founded the blues label Uptop Music in hopes of signing unknown talent.
  • Beat out more than 3000 actors for his breakthrough role in the series Moonlighting.
  • Scored a Top 10 hit with "Respect Yourself" off his debut album The Return of Bruno---Bruno is his nickname---in 1987. Released a follow-up album in 1989 titled If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger.

Awards

  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1986, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: Winner

Relationships

  • Brooke Burns — Ex-fiancée
  • Emma Heming — Wife
  • Florence Willis — Sister
  • Demi Moore — Ex-wife
  • Robert Willis — Brother
  • David Willis Jr. — Brother
  • Scout LaRue Willis — Daughter
  • Mabel Ray Willis — Daughter
  • David Willis — Father
  • Tallulah Belle Willis — Daughter
  • Evelyn Penn Willis — Daughter
  • Marlene Willis — Mother
  • Rumer Willis — Daughter

College

  • Attended Montclair State College, Montclair, New Jersey, United States