Character: John McClane | Genre: Action | Year: 1988 | Director: John McTiernan
In 1988 the action movie Die Hard made Willis a household name. Based on a police officer who fights an entire terrorist group while trying to save his wife and the hostages in the occupied building, gave birth to a new type of action hero that also was provided by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bruce Willis has made a name for himself as an action hero without all the muscles and martial art kicks. Bruce was born in West Germany on 19 March 1955. His passion for drama developed in conjunction with his love of music and singing and he launched his career on Broadway.
The brute force
Although his career started out with comedies Bruce Willis found his niche as a tough guy and many still associate him most all with the Die Hard-characters and movie such as The Last Boy Scout (1991).
Die Hard 2
Character: John McClane | Genre: Action | Year: 1990 | Director: Renny Harlin
Obviously, an action movie that becomes a big hit will get a sequel, or at least one. Die Hard has got a few sequels and perhaps Die Hard 2 is the most successful, although it lacks much of the charm and great story that marked the original.
Apart from the very successful Die Hard collection covering 15 years, some of the highlights during the 90's include Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element which definitely showed his interest to break away from the typical hero movies. He would later return to the science fiction genre in the half-convincing Surrogates.
Character: James Cole | Genre: Science-fiction | Year: 1995 | Director: Terry Gilliam
One of Bruce Willis best movies, Twelve Monkeys, involves time paradoxes and can be a little hard to follow the first time. Nevertheless, in complexity and psychology it reaches high in the genre.