From “Die Hard” to “A Day to Die”, let’s look back at Bruce Willis’ filmography

The world woke up to heartbreaking news on March 31st when it was announced that Bruce Willis would be stepping away from acting after being diagnosed with the neurological condition known as Psoriasis. aphasia.

In a joint statement posted by the actor’s family on Instagram, they shared that Willis had been diagnosed with aphasia – a disorder that affects an individual’s ability to communicate – “affecting their cognitive abilities”. As a result of this, the die hard The star is retiring from a “profession that meant so much to him”.

Willis was one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood with a career spanning four decades. He made his acting debut after starring in the 1985 comedy-drama TV series moon light He became famous during his time in the critically acclaimed 1988 film die hard. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 films. He even made a lot of movies in the last two years before his retirement.

From the action movie series die hard To recently released day to dieLet’s take a look at some of Bruce Willis’ films that have defined his career over the years.

die hard (1988)

Bruce Willis as Detective John McClain in Die Hard. | via IMDB

Willis gained wide recognition after starring in the first franchise of die hard, where he played an NYPD detective named John McClain. The film revolves around McClain trying to rescue his estranged wife who has been held hostage by a group of German terrorists.

die hard She also produced four sequels: Die Hard 2: Die Hard (1990), Die hard with revenge (1995), Live free or die hard (2007) and Good day to die hard (2013).

death became her (1992)

Meryl Streep as Madeline Ashton, Bruce Willis as Doctor Ernest Menville and Goldie Hawn as Helen Sharp in Death. | via IMDb

In 1992, Willis starred alongside Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in the film death became herWhere he played Dr. Ernest Merville.

The film follows the story of novelist Helen Sharp (Hawn), who loses her husband, Mervell, to her sister, Madeline Ashton (Streep). After the accident, Sharp became depressed and went to a psychiatric hospital. After recovering, Sharp returns home to avenge the husband’s robbery of Merville again and the murder of Ashton. However, Sharp’s plan becomes impossible as Ashton is receiving the treatment that grants her immortality.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Bruce Willis as Butch College in Pulp Fiction. | via IMDb

Willis joins the star-studded cast of the movie Pulp Fictionwhich tells the stories of Los Angeles criminals: two killers Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta), boxer Butch Coolidge (Willis), gangster Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) and his wife Mia (Uma Thurman).

12 monkeys (1995)

Bruce Willis as James Cole and Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goins in 12 Monkeys. | via IMDb

Willis also starred alongside Brad Pitt and Madeline Stowe in the 1995 science fiction film 12 monkeys.

12 monkeys The film revolves around the story of James Cole, a prisoner of the year 2035, who is sent back in time to investigate the man-made virus that wiped out the human race. However, Cole is accidentally sent into the wrong year and ends up in a mental institution, where he meets psychiatrist Dr. Katherine Riley (Stu) and Jeffrey Goins (Pete), the son of a virologist.

Fifth Element (1997)

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Bruce Willis as Corbin Dallas in The Fifth Element. | via IMDb

located in the twenty-third century, Fifth Element Willis sees playing Corbin Dallas, a taxi driver and former special operations officer, who finds himself caught in the middle of a war and joins forces with a young woman named Lilo (Mila Jovovich) to search for four mystical stones to save the planet.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sir and Bruce Willis as Dr. Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense. | via IMDb

Willis played not only the role of a policeman, prisoner, and boxer, but also the role of a child psychiatrist in the 1999 film. The Sixth Sense.

Playing the role of Dr. Malcolm Crowe, the premise of the film centers on a young boy who claims to see dead people they don’t know they’re dead. Because of his ability, the boy seeks help from award-winning child psychologist, Crowe. Crowe feels the case is all too familiar as the boy shows the same symptoms as his previous patient who committed suicide. Therefore, he takes up the case for a chance to redeem himself.

Unbreakable (2000)

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Bruce Willis as David Dunn in Unbreakable. | via IMDb

Willis again collaborated with Jackson and Shyamalan in the 2000 film Unbreakable.

The film follows the life of Willis’ character named David Dunn, who discovers something unusual about himself after a train accident in which he finds himself both alive and strangely hurt. Shortly after the accident, a man named Elijah Price (Jackson) called him and told him of his theory that Dunn might be unbreakable.

after success UnbreakableWillis and Jackson teamed up once again to reprise their roles as Dunn and Price, respectively, in the two follow-up films to the franchise: split, rip (2016) and glass (2019), starring alongside James McAvoy.

Sin City (2005)

Bruce Willis as John Hartigan and Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan in Sin City. | via IMDb

Willis joined another ensemble in the 2005 Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez film Sin CityHe has worked opposite Mickey Rourke, Cliff Owen, Jessica Alba, Jamie King, Bencio del Toro, Brittany Murphy and Elijah Wood.

Based on Miller’s original comic series, Sin CityThe plot tells different tales of the crime: a policeman (Willis) vows to protect a young woman (Alba) from the hands of a child molester, a former convict (Rourke) who seeks revenge for the death of his partner, a “Hero Cop” (Del Toro) who becomes corrupt and takes matters into his own hands. , and Owen’s man becomes the protector of the local prostitute community.

Sunrise Kingdom (2012)

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Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp in Moonrise Kingdom. | via IMDb

Set in the 1960s, Willis played the local police officer, Captain Sharp, in the film directed by Wes Anderson. Sunrise Kingdom.

Sunrise Kingdom It is an upcoming movie that follows the story of a 12-year-old orphan named Sam (Jared Gilman) who falls in love with his reporter girlfriend Susie (Kara Hayward). A young couple embarks on a journey to a secluded cove on the island, to stay one step ahead of Sharp’s quest party.

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Bruce Willis as Frank Mina in Motherless Brooklyn. | via IMDb

Willis also appeared in the 2019 movie Motherless Brooklyn, where he played Frank Mina, the head of a detective agency. The film’s introduction focuses on the journey of Lionel Esrog (Edward Norton), a detective diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, to solve the murder of Mina, his mentor, and friend. Upon investigation, Essrog discovers more secrets that threaten the entire city of New York.

day to die (2022)

Mohamed Karim as Det. Reynolds and Bruce Willis as Alston in A Day to Die. | via IMDb

Willis has produced more than 13 films in the past two years. The last movie released was the action movie day to die.

Playing a corrupt police chief, Alston, the film follows Conor Connolly (Kevin Dillon)’s project to pay a local drug lord (Gianni Capaldi) a massive sum of money to kill a drug syndicate member and recover his wife, who is being held hostage. Connolly is forced to team up with his old colleagues and a corrupt police officer (Willis) to save his wife.

Bruce Willis may be retiring from acting, but we can’t deny that the man will forever be a brilliant actor and legend.

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