Bruce Willis retiring: His life and career in pictures

Updated: Apr 01, 2022, 06:15 PM(IST)

Bruce Willis, one of the most-loved actors of the '80s, has announced his retirement from the film industry after being diagnosed with aphasia. From working as a security guard to becoming the highest-paid actor, take a look at his shining career. 

Early career: Worked as a security guard

Actor Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, on March 19, 1955. In the past, he had always described his background as a "long line of blue-collar people". 

Willis joined the drama club during his teenage and worked as a security guard and private investigator before venturing into the giant world of acting.



After appearing at different broadway shows and playing roles in dramas in NYC, Bruce got his breakthrough role as a leading man in the comedy-drama series 'Moonlighting' in 1985alongside Cybill Shepherd.

The show revolved around cases investigated by the Blue Moon Detective Agency and its two partners, Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes (Shepherd) and David Addison Jr. (Willis).

The show, which was a mixup of mystery, sharp dialogue, and sexual tension between the lead stars, introduced Willis to the whole world as a star and brought Shepherd back into the spotlight after a nearly decade-long absence. 

The show lasted five seasons and earned Willis both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. 




Die Hard: His biggest legacy

After Willis pretty much cemented his place in the industry, he got another iconic role in 'Die Hard' of John McClaine, which has  perhaps become the biggest piece of his cinema legacy and the franchise that made him a movie star and action hero status

In the five-film series, he played a role of a New York City police detective John, later on, he reprised his role in 1990's Die Hard 2, 1995's Die Hard with a Vengeance, 2007's Live Free or Die Hard and 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard. 



Shinning career!

In his career of four decades, he has been bestowed with many awards including Golden Globe for his outstanding role in 'Moonlighting' and Emmy awards. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. 


His military interests

We have seen Bruce playing a military role with perfection in his many films including, 'In Country', 'The Siege', 'Tears of the Sun', 'Grindhouse' among others, and no doubt - we loved them all. Being from a military family, he always had a soft corner for all the armed forces. A few years back, after his daughter suggested purchasing Girl Scout cookies to send to troops, following that, he purchased 12,000 boxes of cookies, and they were distributed to sailors aboard. 

In 2003, Willis visited Iraq and entertained the troops with his band, 'The Accelerators'. Willis also once considered joining the military to help fight the second Iraq War, but due to his age, he was not selected. 


His special bond with ex-Demi Mooore

Willis has a very special bond with his ex-wife/actress Demi Moore. They got married in the year 1987 and got divorced in the year 2000. The couple share three daughters.

Talking about his divorce, Willis once stated, "I felt I had failed as a father and a husband by not being able to make it work."

It's been years since the formar couple ended their marriage, but the bond between the two remains the same. 

Later, Willis was engaged to actress Brooke Burns until they broke up. 


Happily ever after

In the year 2009, he tied the knot again with model Emma Heming in presence of their close friends and family.


His fortune

Bruce Willis has made millions from his shinning career of four decades. Willis, who is an actor, producer, and singer is reportedly has a fortune of $333 million.


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