Bruce Willis attends a photo call in 2013 for the film ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’.
Willis starred with Cybill Shepherd in the TV series “Moonlighting” from 1985 to 1989. They played private detectives in the comedy-drama, aka a “comedy-drama.”
Willis accepts a Best Actor Emmy Award for “Moonlighting” in 1987.
Willis wraps his arm around musician Billy Joel as they sing together in New York City in 1987. Willis released his own debut album that year, ‘The Return of Bruno’.
Willis put a new spin on the action hero archetype when he starred in the 1988 movie “Die Hard.” Many action movies of the 80s involved muscular protagonists who seemed almost invincible. Willis’ John McClane was more vulnerable but also easier to understand.
Willis married another big movie star, Demi Moore, in 1987. The two have three daughters – Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. They divorced in 2000.
Willis, left, appears in a sketch of Wayne’s World during an episode of “Saturday Night Live” in 1989.
Willis and Meryl Streep appear together in the 1992 film “Death Becomes Her”.
Willis, third from right, poses with some of his “Pulp Fiction” co-stars in 1994. With Willis, left to right, are Samuel L. Jackson, Maria de Medeiros, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and John Travolta. Tarantino also directed the film.
Willis appears with Brad Pitt in a scene from the 1995 film “12 Monkeys.”
Willis leaves his handprints outside Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1995.
Willis and his family – left to right, Scout, Rumer and Moore – attend the premiere of Moore’s new film ‘Striptease’ in 1996.
Willis performs at a concert in Berlin in 1996. Willis was born in West Germany in 1955. His father, David, was an American soldier and his mother, Marlene, was German. Willis grew up in New Jersey after his father was discharged from the military.
Willis appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in 1997.
Willis and Milla Jovovich star in the 1997 sci-fi film “The Fifth Element.”
Willis led a team of oil drillers who helped save the world in the 1998 film “Armageddon.”
Willis and Haley Joel Osment appear in “The Sixth Sense” in 1999.
Willis co-starred with David Schwimmer in a 2000 episode of “Friends.”
Willis, as the national spokesperson for foster children, watches Danita Strauss kiss her son Tyler after his adoption was finalized in 2002.
Willis visits US troops in Kuwait in 2003.
Willis appears in a “Sin City” scene with Michael Madsen in 2005.
Willis walks the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of “Sin City” in 2005.
Willis and his daughter Rumer appear together in the 2005 film “Hotage.”
Willis poses with animal character RJ, who he portrays in the 2006 animated film “Over the Hedge.”
Willis shows his support for the Chicago Bears as he attends the Super Bowl in 2007. He is joined by his daughters Tallulah and Rumer, his ex-wife Moore and Moore’s husband, actor Ashton Kutcher.
Willis and fellow actors Danny DeVito and Jack Nicholson listen to a boy thank you during the curtain call for a staged reading of ‘The World of Nick Adams’ in 2008. The event benefited Painted Turtle, a camp and a family care center founded by actor Paul Newman for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Willis looks up to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played a younger version of the Willis character in the 2012 time-travel movie “Looper.” Gordon-Levitt wore prosthetic makeup to look more like Willis, and he even adopted some of Willis. speech patterns and mannerisms.
Willis, center, stars in “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2012.
Willis attends the Berlin premiere of his latest sequel “Die Hard” in 2013. There have been five “Die Hard” films, including the first in 1988.
Willis and his second wife, model Emma Heming Willis, attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. The two married in 2009 and have two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn.
Leon Addison Brown, Willis and Laurie Metcalf attend the opening night of the Broadway play ‘Misery’ in 2015.
Willis attends his Comedy Central roast in 2018.
Willis throws out the first pitch before a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game in 2019.
Willis attends Moore’s 2019 book party with their daughters and his second wife, Emma Heming Willis. Left to right, Rumer Willis, Moore, Bruce Willis, Scout Willis, Emma Heming Willis and Tallulah Willis.
Willis is directed by M. Night Shyamalan in the 2019 film “Glass.”