Last Updated: June 9, 2023
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Net Worth:
$250 Million
Date of Birth:
Mar 19, 1955 (68 years old)
Place of Birth:
6 ft (1.83 m)
Actor, Film Producer, Television producer, Businessperson, Voice Actor, Singer, Musician, Writer, Composer
United States of America
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Bruce Willis is an American retired actor, producer and "musician" who has a net worth of $250 million. During his career, Bruce Willis was consistently one of the highest-paid leading men in Hollywood. Between the late 1980s and his retirement, he earned hundreds of millions of dollars in film salaries alone.

His earnings from 1999's The Sixth Sense totaled $114 million thanks to a generous cut of the film's gross. His upfront salary was $14 million. As of this writing, that's the second-most money ever earned by one actor from a movie. Although technically the #1 record, $156 million, was earned by Keanu Reeves over TWO Matrix movies. So one could say that Bruce's Sixth Sense payday is the largest in Hollywood history.

Bruce Willis has defined cool for a couple of decades. After becoming a household name in the 80s appearing on the popular television series, "Moonlighting", he made a very successful transition to the big screen.  He went on to star in the "Die Hard" franchise, as well as blockbuster films such as, "Pulp Fiction", "12 Monkeys", "Armageddon", "The Sixth Sense", "Unbreakable", "Sin City", and the cult favorite, "The Fifth Element".  Most recently, he has become part of three other successful film franchises, playing co-starring or supporting roles in "RED",  "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", and "The Expendables".  While there were some lean years in the early to mid-90s where he made some terribly dubious projects, including "Hudson Hawk", "Striking Distance", "North", and the seriously unfortunate, "Color of Night", he managed to bounce back quite nicely, and has remained a fan favorite to this day.  When not starring in movies, he has also made the occasional return to the small screen, appearing in guest starring roles on such programs as, "Mad About You", "Ally McBeal", "Friends", and "That 70s Show".


Early Life

Bruce Willis was born in the town of Idar-Oberstein which at the time was part of West Germany, on March 19, 1955. His mother was a bank teller, his father was an American serviceman. Willis moved to Penns Grove, New Jersey as a child. After graduating from high school, Bruce worked as a security job at a nuclear power plant. He then worked as a driver transporting workers at a DuPont factory. He briefly worked as a private investigator before deciding to devote himself to acting.

Bruce studied drama at Montclair State University but left in his junior year to pursue acting full-time in New York City. In NY he mainly tended bar while going on auditions unsuccessfully, though he did work as an extra in the 1982 Paul Newman movie The Verdict.

In 1984 he made the move from New York to Los Angeles. Once in California he began winning bit parts on TV shows like Miami Vice and The Twilight Zone.

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In 1985, Bruce auditioned and won the role of David Addison Jr. on what would become Moonlighting. Starring Opposite Cybill Shepherd, Bruce tapped his previous experience as a private detective over 5 seasons between 1985 and 1989. The show turned Willis into an international star and earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe. He was so popular that Seagram hired Willis to promote their Golden Wine Cooler in a series of advertisements. Willis was paid $7 million over two years for the campaign. That's the same as around $17 million today after adjusting for inflation. Willis ended his contract with Seagrams after he gave up alcohol in 1988.

Die Hard

After being propelled to the A-List, Willis began landing film roles. In 1988 he starred for the first time as John McClane in Die Hard. The role further cemented his status as a star, now of both television and films. He earned $5 million for the first Die Hard, $7.5 million for the second, $15 million for the third and $25 million for the fourth. In total, before even adjusting for inflation, Bruce has earned at least $52 million from the Die Hard franchise. After taking into account inflation, it's more like $70-80 million.


Other Notable Films

In 1989, Bruce provided his voice acting skills for Look Who's Talking. He took home $10 million for his work. He earned another $10 million from the sequel.

In 1994, Bruce took a huge pay cut, accepting just $800,000 star in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The role breathed new life into Bruce's career and set him back on track as a dependable A-list movie star.

He earned critical praise for his work in 1995's 12 Monkeys and audience praise for The Fifth Element in the same year. Other films include Sin City, Red, Moonrise Kingdom, The Expendables 2, Looper, Unbreakable, Split, Glass.

Willis's critical reception has been inconsistent, but he has also delivered a number of box-office mega hits. The four Die Hard movies grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide. Armageddon was the highest-grossing film of 1998, at $553 million. He also received critical and commercial acclaim in The Sixth Sense which earned $673 million and stands as his highest-grossing movie to date.

He has won two Emmys (one for his role on Moonlighting and another for a guest-starring role on Friends), a Golden Globe (for Moonlighting), and two People's Choice Awards (Moonlighting and The Sixth Sense).

Bruce Willis Net Worth

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Personal Life

Willis married actress Demi Moore in 1987. They had three daughters (Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Belle) before their divorce in 2000. When Bruce and Demi split up, Willis cut a settlement check for a cool $90 million! He subsequently married model Emma Heming in 2009. He has two daughters with Heming. Bruce and Demi have maintained a friendly relationship over the years. He attended her wedding to Ashton Kutcher and she attended his wedding to Heming. Willis became a grandfather for the first time in April 2023 when his daughter Rumer gave birth to a baby girl.

Willis is also a musician, with three rock albums and favorable reviews to his name.

In 2022, Bruce Willis made the decision to retire from acting due to aphasia dementia. In February 2023, his family announced Bruce was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. At the time of his retirement, he had eleven films completed awaiting release.

Real Estate

Over the decades Bruce Willis has owned a number of extremely valuable properties around the globe.

In 1990, Bruce and Demi Moore paid $7 million for a 7,000 square-foot penthouse in Central Park's San Remo building in New York City. Soon after the purchased a two bedroom additional apartment in the same building. Demi received this apartment in their divorce. In 2015, she put it on the market for a mind-numbing $75 million. She sold the property in 2017 for $45 million.

In 2014, he sold his former Beverly Hills mansion for $16.5 million. In April 2018, he sold a New York City penthouse for $18 million.

In March 2019, he listed a sprawling estate in Turks and Caicos for $33 million. The 7.4 acre property features a 13,500 square-foot private compound with several guest houses, yoga studio, kids play structure, beach volleyball and four pools. Here's a video tour of this incredible property:

Several months after listing the above home for sale for $33 million, Bruce accepted $27 million from the founder of multibillion-dollar insurance company called Goosehead Insurance. The new owners listed the property for sale in February 2022 for $37.5 million.

Around the same time of the 2019 Turks and Caicos listing, Bruce bought a home in Brentwood, California, for a little under $10 million. And a few months prior he listed a home in upstate New York for $13 million and sold a home in Idaho for $5 million.

Bruce Willis Salary Per Movie

The Sixth Sense is by far Bruce's biggest career payday. For the film he took an upfront salary of $14 million plus a large percentage of the gross receipts. In total he ended up earning around $100 million from the movie. He has been commanding 8-figure salaries since the late 1980s.

In 1988 he earned $5 million for a movie, which is the same as around $10 million today. A year later he earned $10 million for "Look Who's Talking", which is the same as $20 million today. He earned another $10 million one year later for the sequel. He was paid $14 million for "The Last Boy Scout" in 1991, $15 million for 1995's "Die Hard: With a Vengeance", $16.5 million for 1996's "Last Man Standing" and $14.8 million for 1998's "Armageddon".

He earned around $55 million total in 2000, mainly from two movies "The Kid" and "Unbreakable" ($20 million up front each). He then earned $70 million in 2001 and $46 million in 2002. In a typical year he can easily earn a minimum of $20 million or a minimal amount of work.

Bruce Willis Earnings

  • Live Free or Die Hard
    $25 Million
  • Hart's War
    $22.5 Million
  • Unbreakable
    $20 Million
  • The Kid
    $20 Million
  • The Sixth Sense
    % of gross
    $14 Million
  • The Siege
    $5 Million
  • Last Man Standing
    $16.5 Million
  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance
    $15 Million
  • Pulp Fiction
    $800 Thousand
  • The Last Boy Scout
    $14 Million
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities
    $3 Million
  • Look Who's Talking Too
    $10 Million
  • Die Hard 2
    $7.5 Million
  • Look Who's Talking
    $10 Million
  • Die Hard
    $5 Million
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