Big-screen star Bruce Willis turns 69 today

Willis first made a splash on TV in “Moonlighting” before becoming a big-screen star via hits like “Die Hard”

Big-screen star Bruce Willis turns 69 today

Film actor Bruce Willis was born Walter Bruce Willison on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, where his father was stationed in the U.S. military at the time. Willis’s career was launched when he played detective David Addison on the 1980s TV hit “Moonlighting”. In 1988, he became a bona fide movie star with the success of the action blockbuster “Die Hard”. Appearances in subsequent hits such as “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and “The Sixth Sense” (1999), as well as his marriage to actress Demi Moore, ensured that Willis remained one of the most well-known actors of his generation. His recent films include “The Expendables” (2010), “Red” (2010) and “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012). At the premiere for the film “Stakeout”, Willis met actress Demi Moore. They married on November 21, 1987. The couple, who divorced in 2000, have three children together: Rumer Willis born in1988, Scout LaRue Willis born in 1991 and Tallulah Belle Willis born in 1994. On March 21, 2009, Willis, backtracked on his pledge never to marry again, when he tied the knot with model-actress Emma Heming at the Turks and Caicos Islands. They then married again a few days later in a civil ceremony at Willis’ California home.

More recently, the actor has retired due to illness. Willis’s family announced that he was retiring after suffering from aphasia, and in February 2023 he was officially diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

By Ken Warren, 2018

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