Today is the day that Walter Bruce Willis was born . Of course, we know him more as Bruce, or David , or John. Bruce was born today in 1955 in West Germany. Bruce spent most of the formative years of his life in New Jersey. Shortly after high school and a short college, Bruce ventured to New York where he began his career as a bar tender. This is where he earned the endearing name of Bruno. But this was not where Bruce’s story ends. He went to Hollywood to audition to be the boyfriend in “Desperately Seeking Susan.” Instead Bruce came away with the role of his career, “David Addison” the wisecracking, skirt chasing detective in Moonlighting. He had the fortune of being on television in two of the most popular shows at the time.
Did you know Bruce was a recording artist? It’s true! Back in the days of Moonlighting. He recorded two albums , this was one of them. Bruce is also an accomplished harmonica player and has a great bluesy type voice. His song “Respect Yourself” was popular in the late eighties.
Bruce took the chance that many tv stars did and did a movie. The gamble paid off . Other than the series, Bruce is most known for the Die Hard series where he plays hero John McClane. He will be making his fifth movie in the series.
Bruce made many tv appearances but here is one of his best known ones. He lost a bet with co star Matthew Perry , where he agreed to do a guest appearance on Friends. Bruce is the father of the girl that Ross is dating. His daughter is one of Ross’s college students and to make matters worse, “Paul” falls for Ross’ ex , Rachel.
So here is a toast to Bruno on his birthday! Happy birthday Bruce from Chitownstarconnections