Bruce Willis

Born March 19, 1955, on a military base in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, Bruce Willis grew up in Penns Grove, N.J. He studied acting in New York City while tending bar and made his movie debut as an extra in The First Deadly Sin (1980).

In 1985, Willis landed the part of a wisecracking private eye opposite Cybill Shepherd on TV's "Moonlighting," which catapulted him to fame and earned him an Emmy two years later. Major roles in cinematic fare followed, including Blind Date (1987) and Sunset (1988). His casting as tough cop John McClane in 1988's Die Hard paid off in spades, making him one of the biggest television-to-silver-screen successes.

In subsequent years, Willis has alternated between action epics (multiple Die Hard sequels, The Last Boy Scout, Armageddon), comedy (Death Becomes Her, The Whole Nine Yards) and personal, offbeat projects (Twelve Monkeys, Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense).