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As he jokingly described it, he now has a “tendency to say, ‘Whaa?'” when speaking to others. Rumer Willis, Willis’ eldest daughter, elaborated on his father’s condition, saying his hearing loss is due to a scene in “Die Hard” when “he shot a gun off next to his ear,” Rumer said (per the Toronto Sun). She also said it affects his ability to cooperate in interviews.

That year, Willis had just begun an acting career in Blind Date with Kim Basinger. And between Moonlighting and Blind Date, he has gone to make 73 other films from Pulp Fiction to TheSixth Sense to 12 Monkeys to The Bonfire of the Vanities. And of course, his blockbuster his, Die Hard, stands out in his career as an actor. Today, Willis admits that he has a glass of wine with dinner, as he casually mentioned in his GQ interview.


Most of his latest films have been direct-to-video productions in which Willis appears in — what are essentially — glorified cameos so that his name can be used in press releases and on the film poster, according to Yahoo News. It’s called the “geezer teaser” genre — a marketing ploy by obscure movie productions that hire film stars past their prime but whose names still hold lucrative weight, and Willis has been the frontman during the 2010s. Stars used in this formula are compensated considerably but are never used substantially in those films, according to Vanity Fair.

In 2007, he appeared in the Planet Terror half of the double feature Grindhouse as the villain, a mutant soldier. This marked Willis’s second collaboration with the director Robert Rodriguez, following Sin City. He already had stage experience during the early years of his career and a few productions throughout — including “True West” — but this marked his first time on the Great White Way, according to the BBC. With the March 30 announcement of his retirement, his career seems to have been unfairly cut short, even at his ripe-old age of 67. Perhaps it’s because he had far grander expectations for the end of his career than what he was dealt. In a 2013 interview with GQ, he voiced a desire to retire with “the same grace” as did Cary Grant.

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According to The Los Angeles Times, nearly 20 people on set with Willis suspected his mental decline. He had trouble memorizing his lines and was dependent on an earpiece. He allegedly misfired a gun loaded with blanks on the set of “Hard Kill.” His agents at the Creative Artists Agency made sure his shooting times on films were restricted to two days, and the actor often limited his time to four hours. On one occasion, Willis questioned crew members why he was on set, visibly confused. “I had been sober [for a while]. But once I realized that I wasn’t gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day … I have wine now, mostly when I eat.”

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Although not a wine cooler, he admits to having a glass of wine with meals. The middle years to now makes me start to think that there should come a time when I should not work so much. I don’t question other actors in their age and what they do; I just think, “Wow, they’re still fucking great.” They’re still doing it. There are movies where if I know Anthony Hopkins is in it, I’ll go see it. Bruce Willis first came on the scene when he played David Addison in the popular 1980s TV series “Moonlighting.” Opposite him was Cybill Shepherd, who played his love interest Maddie Hayes.

The most prominent awards he’s received are two Primetime Emmys for his early career role in the show “Moonlighting” and for his guest star role on “Friends,” according to his IMDb awards page. He’s received a Golden Globe — and a nomination — but they were also mostly for “Moonlighting.” During a 2013 interview with GQ, Willis revealed that he was comfortable drinking again once he realized he wasn’t going to run himself “off the pier of life with alcohol,” in his own words.

  1. Back in the 1980’s, Bruce Willis was getting paid enormous amounts of money to promote Seagram’s Golden Wine Cooler.
  2. It’s called the “geezer teaser” genre — a marketing ploy by obscure movie productions that hire film stars past their prime but whose names still hold lucrative weight, and Willis has been the frontman during the 2010s.
  3. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense,” which garnered six Oscar nominations (via IMDb).
  4. That’s not to mention his appearances in the critically acclaimed movies “12 Monkeys” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” according to IMDb.

Willis has won a variety of awards and has received various honors throughout his career in television and film. Also in 2000, Willis played Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski in The Whole Nine Yards alongside Matthew Perry. Willis was originally cast as Terry Benedict in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) but dropped out to work on recording an album.[34] In the sequel, Ocean’s Twelve (2004), he makes a cameo appearance as himself. In 2006, he lent his voice as RJ the Raccoon in Over the Hedge.

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There’s a fireplace—gas—and Willis considers it for a moment. Willis’ development is particularly tragic considering his early struggles with stuttering. He worked hard to overcome that impediment and now is faced with another one. But as Kiran notes, aphasia can be treated through speech rehabilitation therapy.

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They tied the knot that same year in a wedding that was officiated by singer Little Richard, per People. It was the start of a romance that carried them for 20 years together and yielded three children, but it all ended in 2000, according to US Magazine. Willis has said he thinks he will do one more movie in the series. Willis won an Emmy for “Moonlighting” in his TV days, but he’s not upset if he never adds an Oscar to that shelf. Willis will celebrate five years sober next month, while Scout and Tallulah have been sober five and seven years, respectively.

Watching her mother relapse into drug abuse was harrowing for Rumer, partly because it reminded her of her own issues. In an interview with GQ, Willis said he never expected an Oscar and didn’t pay much attention to the lack of recognition. Calling an Oscar nomination “whimsical,” he said, “You don’t get an Oscar for comedy, and you don’t get it for shooting people.” But Willis would experience worse on-set conditions while filming 2003’s “Tears of the Sun.” Willis was struck on the head during a pyrotechnics explosion, which led him to sue the production studio and a special effects worker a year later, according to The Guardian. The lawsuit claimed that he suffered “extreme mental, physical, and emotional pain,” required medical attention on set, and would require further treatment in the future.

Moore wrote in her 2019 autobiography “Inside Out” that their marriage became strained due to philosophical differences (via Showbiz Cheatsheet). Moore was a working mother with a successful career, and Willis longed for a more traditional dynamic, where he was the breadwinner and Moore would stay home with their children. Their views clashed when Moore was offered a role in a film that would’ve taken her away from home. Meanwhile, Willis had to be on site in Europe for his film “Hudson Hawk.” Perhaps desiring more stability at home, he told her he no longer wanted to be married. However, she also credits his request for a divorce to a desire for more freedom.