|Estimated value:||€160 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
Bruce Willis is a legend as an actor and one of the top earners in Hollywood. His fees are often in the tens of millions. He celebrated his greatest successes with leading roles in action films. In addition, he not only appeared successfully as a film producer, screenwriter and musician, he is also one of the founders of the international restaurant chain “Planet Hollywood”.
Bruce Willis was born in 1955 in the small German town of Idar-Oberstein. His father, David Willis, comes from the USA and was stationed as a soldier in Germany at the time. His mother Marlene comes from near Kassel. Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in Germany before moving to the United States with his parents. He then grew up with three younger siblings in New Jersey. A handicap in his childhood turned out to be a stroke of luck: he stuttered when he spoke. In order to treat this disorder, his parents sent him to acting classes at an early age. After graduating from high school, Willis worked part-time at a chemical plant to fund his acting studies at Montclair State College.
As a young man, Willis first worked in the theater and in commercials before appearing in the 1985 television series The Model and the Snoop. He made his Hollywood debut in 1987 opposite Kim Basinger in the comedy Blind Date. About a year later, he had his breakthrough starring in the action flick Die Hard. In it, Willis plays the idiosyncratic policeman John Mclane, who has the right saying in store for every situation. With this role, which was tailor-made for him and for which he received a fee of 5 million US dollars, he achieved world fame overnight. Since then, Bruce Willis has been one of the most famous faces in Hollywood. However, there were ups and downs in his career, as he did not want to focus solely on the action genre as an actor. The result was that some of his films flopped – such as “Hudson Hawk – The Master Thief”. Willis took it to new heights when he won over critics and audiences in Pulp Fiction. In the cult film by Quentin Tarantino he embodies a boxer named Butch Cooligde. He only made $800,000 for the role, but it gave his acting career a real boost.
Pulp Fiction was followed by many years in which Bruce Willis shot one blockbuster after the other. In 1995, he reprized his third role as cop John McLane in Die Hard Now for a fee of $15 million. Shortly before, he had played the leading role in the end-time thriller “12 Monkeys”: A cult film directed by Terry Gilliam. In 1997, Willis starred in the Luc Besson science fiction film The Fifth Element. The disaster film “Armageddon”, in which he took part in 1998, is also one of the highlights of his career. A little later he shone in the box office hit “The Sixth Sense”. He was paid $20 million for his appearances in The Kid and Unbreakable for the first time in 2000. He was able to surpass this mark in 2002 when he took on the leading role in the war drama “The Tribunal”. Three years later, he played a major role in the comic book adaptation Sin City – another film that quickly gained cult status. Already at the age of 51, in October 2006, Bruce Willis was honored for his life’s work: he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Before and after Bruce Willis did some less successful films, but he landed another hit in 2007 with “Die Hard 4.0”. For this he was paid $25 million. With such sums, it is not surprising that Forbes magazine lists Bruce Willis among the highest paid Hollywood actors. Further highlights of his career followed in 2010 with appearances in action films such as “The Expendables” and “RED – Older, Tougher, Better”.
“I like having the dough to come and go as I please.”
“I am shaken by the question of what it is like to be a multi-millionaire. I always have to remind myself that it’s me.”
“I’ve always had confidence. Before I got famous, that confidence got me into trouble. After I became famous, I only got into more trouble.”
In 1998, Willis became the first actor to star in a video game. No one before had ever taken on the role of a video game voice actor. In addition, the developers digitally added his appearance and movements, and he received a placement on the cover of the game.
In November 2005, Willis offered a $1 million bounty from his own Net Worth for al Qaeda terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. He announced the reward on the television show Rita Cosby Live & Direct.
|Estimated value:||€160 million|