10 Things You Probably Never Knew About Bruce Willis

February 24, 2017

Bruce Willis has had quite the acting career. He got his big break on the show Moonlighting in 1985, but things only got better from there.

His biggest role has to be his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise. This is the role that shot him to the top of the A-list, right up there with other heartthrobs like John Travolta. Unlike John’s more dance-oriented roles, though, Bruce’s jobs cemented him as one of the greatest action heroes of our time.

But there’s more to Bruce Willis than the characters he plays. Acting helped him overcome struggles in childhood, and he treats it like a real art form. Not every top actor sees their profession in that light.

Bruce Willis also has five daughters he views as some of the most important parts of his whole life – much more important than any movie. Rumer, Tallulah Belle, and Scout LaRue were born from his first marriage with Demi Moore, while Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn are from his current marriage to Emma Heming.

But what else is there to know about Bruce? These 10 facts from Bruce Willis’ biography will acquaint you with the actor all the more!

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1. He Was Class President

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Bruce was elected president for the class of 1973 at Penns Grove High School. He’s said that really all he wanted to do was make his friends laugh with his speeches.

2. He Overcame A Stutter

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As a child, Bruce struggled with a stutter that would get him bullied for years. He soon realized that he stuttered much less on stage while playing a character, and he eventually overcame the speech impediment altogether after working with speech therapists later in life.

3. He Was Born In Germany

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His father, David, was an American soldier stationed in Germany. That’s where David met Marlene, a German woman. Bruce was born in Kassel in 1955, and didn’t move to New Jersey until he was about 2 years old.

4. He Suffered Hearing Loss On The Set Of “Die Hard”

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When he was shooting the bad guys from underneath the table in the first Die Hard movie, the sound was so loud and the space so confined that he lost two-thirds of his hearing in that ear.

5. He Could Have Been In ‘Ghost’

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Bruce was offered the starring role in the movie Ghost, but he turned it down. He didn’t think that the whole “playing a ghost thing” would work. Instead, the role went to Patrick Swayze.

6. His Biggest Hero Isn’t An Actor

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Bruce reports that his biggest heroes are the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of their country as part of the U.S. military.

7. His Net Worth Is Pretty Darn Huge

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Bruce’s net worth is $180 million — though looking at the success of all of his films, that’s not really much of a surprise!

8. He Has Homes In Seven Different Places

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He has property in Los Angeles and New Jersey, two apartments in Manhattan, a home in Malibu, a ranch in Montana, a beach home in Turks and Caicos, and more than one property in Idaho. I guess home is never that far away for Bruce!

9. He Went To Demi’s Wedding To Ashton Kutcher

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When Demi got married to Ashton Kutcher in 2005, Bruce attended the wedding. Some were quite surprised that he was able to remain friends with his ex-wife.

10. He Once Hosted “Late Show With David Letterman”

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Bruce was scheduled to be a guest on Late Show with David Letterman on February 26, 2003, when David Letterman had to take a sick day due to a bad eye infection. Instead of canceling the show and playing a re-run, Bruce was asked to step in as a host at the very last minute.

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