Top 10 interesting facts about Bruce Willis

Some lesser known interesting facts about Bruce Willis

  • Bruce Willis’ influence took the average action movie star and turned him from the typical muscle bound, humorless hero into a vulnerable, wisecracking kick ass who could blow the enemy away and make good jokes before their termination.
  • Willis became a superstar overnight with his breakout role on the hit show ‘Moonlighting’ and his memorable, career-making role as John McClane in the summer movie blockbuster ‘Die Hard.’
  • Willis mother was German and his father was an American soldier who met his mom while stationed in West Germany. Bruce was born in the West German town of Idar-Oberstein in 1955, and didn’t come to America until he was around two-years-old when his father left the military and brought his family back with him to New Jersey.
  • Willis had a hard time with the physical act of speaking due to a severe stutter he struggled with until the age of 9. According to an interview he gave to Reader’s Digest, he noticed his stutter was gone. “When I stepped off the stage, I started stuttering again,” Willis said. “And I went, ‘This is a miracle. I’ve got to investigate this more.'”

  • He sported military fatigues and spiked hair to his ‘Moonlighting’ audition. ABC executives didn’t think Willis was right for the part, let alone a leading man based on his bizarre outfit: “A spiky-punk hairdo, combat fatigues and an earring,” according to Newsweek. Still, the show’s creator, Glenn Gordon Caron, saw something brash and dashing in the young actor and had him do a screen test with the show’s leading lady Cybill Shepherd. The two had great screen chemistry and Willis eventually won the part.
  • The TV super stardom that ‘Moonlighting’ brought earned Willis a shot at a movie career with ‘Die Hard.’ the famous “table scene” in which McClane kills one of the baddies by shooting from underneath a long table was so loud and close to Willis’ ears that he lost two-thirds of his hearing in his left ear.
  • ‘Die Hard’ launched Willis’ movie career but it was films like ‘Armageddon’ and ‘The Fifth Element’ that turned him into one of the world’s biggest action stars. Following ‘Armageddon,’ Willis was offered the chance to appear in a video game as the main character’s sidekick, a third-person sci-fi shoot ’em up called ‘Apocalypse’ on the Sony PlayStation.
  • The success of ‘Moonlighting’ helped Willis score a lucrative spokesperson gig with Seagrams.
  • ‘The Return of Bruno,’ Willis’ 1987 soul album released on the venerable Motown label. The album — which was boosted by back-up from R&B legends like The Temptations and Ruth Pointer from The Pointer Sisters — was a moderate success thanks to Willis’ cover of the soul classic ‘Respect Yourself.’ Willis released one more album, ‘If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger,’ in 1989 before refocusing his career back to acting.
  • He had his own cartoon
  • Willis found another way to expand the “Bruno” franchise with the 1996 animated series ‘Bruno the Kid.’ The actor provided the voice for the title character, a small kid with a receding hairline who lived a double life as an ordinary 11-year-old and a secret agent working for a government agency. Willis also sang the show’s theme song (naturally), adding another notch to his short-lived music career.
  • Bruce’s famous marriage to fellow superstar Demi Moore added to Hollywood’s long list of power couples and rocker Little Richard was the one who literally brought them together. Moore and Willis were married in Las Vegas by Little Richard who became a religious minister later in his career, shortly after the death of his mother.
  • Willis has been an political supporter of Republican presidential candidates such as George W. Bush. He actually put two bounties on enemy combatants Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden for their capture.

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