Walter Bruce Willis became a mega superstar in the twinkling of the eye after he appeared on the hit show Moonlighting (1985 – 1989). This was his breakout role and subsequently after the series ended, he became the go-to cast for several action movie blockbusters like the Die Hard (1988) and its four successful sequels. The Germany-born American actor turned the typical, humorless action hero into a wisecracking smartass that blew the enemy away with very little effort.
Date of Birth: March 19, 1955
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
By all accounts, Willis was a popular kid in his high school thanks to his good sense of humor and his election as the Student Council President. His playful self always got him in trouble but there was a softer side to him when he was in theatre. This love for the stage grew when he realized that his stutter disappeared completely as soon as he began performing for large crowds. Bruno (his nickname) followed in his dad’s footsteps after he finished high school and worked in a chemical factory then as a security guard before eventually returning to being a drama student. Eager to begin his own life, he quit school and moved to New York City to see how he could finally make it as an actor.
Unsurprisingly, things did not go smoothly as he continued working odd jobs until his time came in the movie industry when a casting director “discovered” him while he was bartending. Today, the star actor has made a habit of wowing the entire industry thus becoming a valuable commodity. Keep scrolling as we bring you juicy details on all you need to know about the personal life of the “not-so-tough” action hero.
David Andrew Willis (father)
Date of Birth: November 13, 1929
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Date of Death: September 3, 2009 (aged 79)
Davis was an American soldier who was once stationed in West Germany, it was there he met the beautiful Marlene and in no time started a family. The Willis family did not return to the United States until David was leaving the military when the Looper (2012) star was around two. In Carney’s point where they relocated to, the young Willis watched his dad feed the family through work as a welder then later as a factory employer. In 1971, he divorced Marlene and remarried Alma who then became the stepmother to the four Willis kids.
Marlene Willis (mother)
She worked as a banker after the family relocated to New Jersey. Marlene is the mother to the star actor and has been way more reserved than her son when it comes to life in the spotlight. She appeared in the 2013’s documentary of her son. All we know is that the Over The Hedge (2006) actor is reportedly close to his mother buying her an expensive condo in 2002 and going with her as his date when he received a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
David Willis (younger brother from same parents)
Like his elder brother, David is also a part of the large movie industry but focuses mainly on film producing.
Florence Willis Rogers (younger sister from same parents)
The Sixth Sense (1999) actor has only one female sibling and she is known as Flo. She is a designer of bedcovers.
Robert Willis (younger brother from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1959
Date of Death: June 26, 2001 (aged 42)
He was a producer who once worked in partnership with Skyline Entertainment and a website designer. He died at the young age of 42 from pancreatic cancer.
Demi Moore (ex-spouse)
Duration of Marriage: November 21, 1987 – 2000 (13 years)
Date of Birth: November 11, 1962
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Demi is the famous hoarse-voiced actress from Striptease (1996). Her early life was full of hardships and she resorted to appearing on the cover of an adult magazine in a bid to fend for herself. After many odd jobs, her breakthrough role came with the St. Elmo’s Fire (1985). Today, she is one of the accomplished actresses in Hollywood and even joined the list of the highest paid after starring in Ghost (1990).
In Details: Demi Moore and her turbulent family
The cross-eyed star met with Pulp Fiction (1994) actor after her 1985 divorce from Freddy Moore. Their union lasted for 13 years and within those years, they had become parents to three lovely daughters. After her divorce with Willis, Moore married 15-years-younger actor Ashton Kutcher but they also lasted only eight years. Since Demi’s divorce with Bruce, they maintain a cordial relationship and continue to co-parent their three grown-up daughters.
Emma Heming-Willis (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: March 21, 2009 till present
Date of Birth: June 18, 1978
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Heming was born into Malta to parents who divorced when she was pretty young. She stayed with her mum and till date refers to her as the “ultimate guide in her life”. It was her mother again that entered her into a modelling competition in the early 1991 and fortunately, Emma won. For over a decade, she kept advancing in her career, walking several hallowed runways and meeting the most gifted photographers in the business.
After his divorce with Moore, the Sin City (2005) favorite literally vowed never to marry again but this lasted until he met Emma. They met at the gym of their mutual trainer in 2007 and the movie star admitted that all it took was one date with her for him to acknowledge that love was truly the answer. After dating for 15 months and staying engaged for 5, the love birds got married in 2009 and their romance keeps getting better by the day.
The La Senza spokeswoman refers to her sweet half as a totally silly individual but more importantly, a great father to their two daughters. Willis on the other hand is just as proud of his wife as he says he never wants to be away from the pretty model. Heming and Willis have two daughters together and she gets along very well with his three other children from his first marriage with Moore.
Rumer Glenn Willis (daughter with Demi Moore)
Date of Birth: August 16, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Leo
She is the first child to Bruce and is a fellow actor like her father. Rumer, named after British novelist Rumer Godden never got a University degree as she was there only for a semester before dropping out.
Scout LaRue Willis (daughter with Demi Moore)
Date of Birth: July 20, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Actress Scott Willis was named after the main character in the famous Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tallulah Belle Willis (daughter with Demi Moore)
Date of Birth: February 3, 1994
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
She is the youngest daughter he had while still with Demi Moore and Tallulah is famous for making news with her eating disorder, drugs and alcohol abuse and her general party lifestyle on Hollywood. She sought help and attended rehab and is now living sober and healthier. Tallulah bears an undeniable resemblance to Marlene Willis.
Mabel Ray Willis (daughter with Emma Heming-Willis)
Date of Birth: April 1, 2012
Zodiac Sign: Aries
She was born three years after Emma and the Armageddeon (1998) talent got married they have remained “overjoyed” ever since. They waited till Mabel was 6 weeks old before sharing her pictures on social media. Who knows if the adorable “pumpkin” would follow the path of modelling or acting like her parents? Like her mom, Ray also gets along well with her much older paternal half sisters.
Evelyn Penn Willis (daughter with Emma Heming-Willis)
Date of Birth: May 5, 2014
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Evelyn and Mabel have so far succeeded in revealing the doting side to this action star. They definitely keep him young at heart in the cutest ways possible and he’s doing a great job juggling fatherhood and a busy film career.