bruce willis

Bruce Willis, born on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, has become one of the most successful American actors – and also one of the richest – through films and franchises such as “Die Hard”. According to estimates by various US magazines, his fortune should amount to 230 million euros. According to your calculations, this amount seems sensible if you only consider your material assets.

When Did He Start His Career?

Young Bruce first grew up in Germany as the son of a US soldier and a German mother. His career as a successful actor was mainly initiated by a limitation. Because Willis was a notorious stutterer. That’s why his parents signed him up for a drama shoe to train fluency in speaking.

As with most of his fellow actors, Willis first played in smaller productions. So he took on various roles at the New York theater, but also played smaller roles in various commercials to secure his financial livelihood. When his talent was noticed during a large number of auditions and performances, he got a first leading role in the crime series “Moonlighting”, which received extremely good reviews, and the Emmy Award, which is important for US series, as well as the Golden Globe, could win.

Films That Make Bruce Willis Famous For His Acting

Die Hard (1988)

Through other smaller roles, he met Blake Edwards, who eventually accepted him for his production “Die Hard”, a role that seemed to be made for Willis. Since “Die Hard” (Die Hard) he should have appeared in numerous other great action films, including of course in the sequels, which have grossed a billion US dollars to date. Then, however, there was a brief career break in the 1990s because Willis consciously wanted to break away from the genre action, which he never succeeded in doing.

12 Monkeys (1995)

As with most of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam films, “12 Monkeys” was far too surreal to be digested by a broad mainstream audience. It helped that A-list celebrities Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt were in the lead and that the plot was easier to follow than the unnecessarily complex dystopian satire “Brazil”, but it still didn’t get to be a big blockbuster. Based on the groundbreaking French short film “La Jetée”, “12 Monkeys” is a collection of science fiction tropes: time travel, a dystopian future, a virus outbreak, a cultic uprising.

It was only through a collaboration with the successful director Quentin Tarantino in “Pulp Fiction” that he achieved another big-screen hit, which was equally well-received by critics and viewers. Other extremely successful films included “The Sixth Sense”, which was nominated six times for the Academy Award (Oscar), “The Fifth Element” and “Armageddon”.

LOOPER (2012)

If Willis can’t play a superhero or a tough cop, it’s mostly science fiction stuff. In this film by Rian Johnson, the loopers are contract killers for a syndicate from the future, who teleport people through time travel to the present, where they are then killed – because that is no longer possible in the future. Yes, I didn’t quite understand it when I watched it for the second time, but the film (after “Pulp Fiction”) has the highest Willis ranking on and therefore somehow has to be included in this list.

 Sixth Sense

This is more than just the movie that started M. Night Shyamalan’s career. It’s also what compelled him to end every film he would ever make on a twist and turn, big. And when you look back, that phrase doesn’t make any sense. Bruce Willis would have known he was a ghost long before Haley Joel Osment pointed it out to him, at which point he hadn’t opened a door or been in the bathroom in months.


Complex thriller with comic book references, which has now been completed into a trilogy with “Split” (2017) and “ Glass ” (2019) and also got off quite well with the critics (for Willis’ standards). The supposed depth can also be seen in the way in which film freaks exchange ideas about lighting design, motifs, and camera settings in forums, which is certainly rather untypical for a Willis film. Not for a work by director M. Night Shyamalan.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

“Reservoir Dogs” has proven that Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker to be reckoned with, but “Pulp Fiction” has proven that he is very versatile. Pulp Fiction epitomizes Tarantino film as it features non-linear storytelling, literature-inspired structure, graphic grindhouse violence, excessive use of profanity, and an abundance of pop culture references across the prism of genre characters. From Christopher Walken’s monologue to Bruce Willi’s father’s gold watch to Samuel L. Jackson reciting the Sonny Chiba version of the Bible verse Ezekiel 25:17, the film is full of dark comedy, unforgettable moments, instantly recognizable imagery, and timeless performances. A real masterpiece.

The Expendables

The “Expendables” series, where Bruce Willis fights alongside many other action heroes such as Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jean Claude Van Damme, and co. Is also an absolute success. The Expendables 3 had to do without Bruce Wills, however, as the actor allegedly wanted to collect 4 million dollars for 4 days of shooting. Then Sylvester Stallone replaced him with Harrison Ford.

As is the tradition in Los Angeles in such cases, Willis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his life’s work. If you take a look at the fees Bruce Willis receives for his films, he is one of the best-paid American actors. Between 2007 and 2008 alone, he earned $ 41 million for his acting performances. But he doesn’t just make money as an actor. Bruce Willis is also active as a film producer, screenwriter, and also musician.

Amazing Facts About The Bruce Willis

In 1998, Willis became the first actor to star in a video game. No one had ever played the role of a video game speaker before. Besides, the developers digitally added his looks and movements, and he got a placement on the cover of the game.

In November 2005, Willis offered a $1 million bounty from his fortune to al-Qaeda terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. He announced the reward on the television program “Rita Cosby Live & Direct”.

The Possessions And Fortune Of Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis never stays in the same property for long. Since last year he has been trying to sell his luxury property in Beverly Hills (near Los Angeles) for 22 million US dollars. He also owns a ranch in Idaho, which he initially looked to sell for $ 15 million, but has since dropped to $ 8.8 million due to lack of demand. Because of the still difficult real estate market, it is still not easy to sell luxury properties at a good price in the United States.

According to various sources, Willis owns numerous other top properties in the Los Angeles region and New York, while commuting himself regularly from the west coast to the east coast. In New York, he owns a very lavish apartment in the kitchen of which he made a wall look like a famous New York subway station.

Willis also owns a whole collection of old and rare car models, some of which he has already auctioned, for example, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 from 1968. This noble muscle car changed hands for around 160,000 US dollars. There is no mention of the exact amount. With assets of 230 million euros, that’s probably no problem either.

Film Fees From Bruce Willis: 

Bruce Willis earned the following salaries in some of his films:

Movie NameYearMoney
Die Hard1988$ 5,000,000
Look who’s talking!1989$ 10,000,000
Die Hard 21990$ 7,500,000
Look Who’s Talking 21990$ 10,000,000
Purgatory of the Vanities1990$ 3,000,000
The Last Boy Scout – The Goal Is Survival1991$ 14,000,000
Pulp Fiction1994$ 800,000
Die Hard: Even More Than1995$ 15,000,000
Last Man Standing1996$ 16,500,000
Armageddon1998$ 14,800,000
State of Emergency1998$ 5,000,000
The Sixth Sense1999$ 14,000,000
The Kid – Image is Everything2000$ 20,000,000
Unbreakable2000$ 20,000,000
The Tribunal2002$ 22,500,000
Die Hard 4.02007$ 25,000,000