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Bruce Willis Timeline

Mar.19, 1955: Born as Walter Bruce Willis in Idar-Oberstein, Germany to Marlene and David Willis.

1957: His dad is discharged from the military and moves his family to Carney's Point, New Jersey.

1970/1971: Elected Student Council President.

1970/1971: Takes up drama classes after discovering that he loses his speech impediment while on stage.

1972: Takes up school wrestling which leads to a serious shoulder sprain that leaves a scar.

1973: During his senior year he is suspended for three months for being involved in what he calls "the annual riot".

1973: Graduates from Penns Grove High School, Penns Grove, New Jersey. Is voted "Most School Spirit."

1973: After graduating from high school, he gets a job at the Du Pont factory in nearby Deepwaters. He quits after a fellow driver dies on the job.

1974/1975: Becomes a security guard at a nuclear plant under construction.

1975: Hangs out in bars playing the harmonica in R&B band Loose Goose.

1975: Enrolls in Montclair State College in New Jersey and takes up drama classes. Makes a big impression with his performance in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

1976: Quits college and moves to New York, eventually settling down in Hell's Kitchen.

1976: To pay the bills, he tends bar at the restaurants Café Central and Chelsea Central. He begins as a waiter but is too clumsy, so they make him a bartender.

1977: Makes his off-Broadway debut in Heaven And Earth.

Oct. 3, 1980: Makes film debut in The First Deadly Sin. His role is unaccredited as the man who enters the diner as Edward Delaney (Frank Sinatra) leaves. He also stands in for the killer in the long shots.

Dec. 8, 1982: Has another unaccredited role as a courtroom observer in The Verdict starring Paul Newman.

Nov. 9, 1984: Makes an appearance on the TV series Miami Vice as Tony Amato.

Mar. 3, 1985: ABC's Moonlighting premieres. He plays David Addison alongside co-star Cybill Shepard.

Sept. 20, 1985: Plays Peter Jay Novins on an epidose of The Twilight Zone.

1986: Motown records releases his first album, Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno.

Mar. 27, 1987: Makes official movie debut in Blind Date with Kim Basinger and John Laroquette.

Memorial Day weekend, 1987: Arrested after disturbing the peace and assaulting a police officer. Charges are dropped after he apologizes to neighbors and the officer.

Nov. 21, 1987: Marries Demi Moore.

July 15, 1988: In his breakthrough role, he plays John McClane in Die Hard

Aug. 16, 1988: Demi gives birth to their first daughter, Rumer Glenn Willis.

1989: Motown records releases his second album, If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes you Stronger.

Oct. 13, 1989: Does the voice for Mikey in Look Who's Talking, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.

July 4, 1990: Plays John McClane in Die Hard 2: Die Harder.

Dec. 14, 1990: Once again does the voice for Mikey in Look Who's Talking, Too, starring John Travolta and Kristie Alley.

Dec. 21, 1990: Plays Peter Fallow in The Bonfire of the Vanities with Tom Hanks.

May 24, 1991: Plays Eddie 'Hudson Hawk' Hawkins in Hudson Hawk.

July 20, 1991: Demi gives birth to their second daughter, Scout Larue Willis.

Nov. 1, 1991: Plays Bo Weinberg in Billy Bathgate with Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.

Dec. 13, 1991: Plays Joe Cornelius Hallenbeck in The Last Boy Scout with Damon Wayes and Halle Berry.

July 31, 1992: Plays Dr. Ernest Menville in Death Becomes Her with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn.

Sept. 17, 1993: Plays Detective Sgt. Tom Hardy, Homicide in Striking Distance with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Feb. 3, 1994: Demi gives birth to their third child Tallulah Belle Willis.

Oct. 14, 1994: Plays Butch Coolidge in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction with Tim Roth, John Travolta, and Samuel L. Jackson.

May 19, 1995: Plays Lt. John McClane in Die Hard: With A Vengeance with Samuel L. Jackson.

1996: Though he has a history of publicly supporting Republican candidates, he does not back Bob Dole who has spoken out against Demi Moore's part in Striptease.

Jan. 5, 1996: Plays James 'Jim' Cole in 12 Monkeys with Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt.

1997: Co-founds the non-profit theater company, A Company of Fools.

May 9, 1997: Plays Korben Dallas in The Fifth Element with Milla Jovovich.

June 24, 1998: He and Demi announce they are breaking up.

Apr. 3, 1998: Plays FBI Agent Arthur 'Art' Jeffries in Mercury Rising with Alec Baldwin.

July 1, 1998: Plays Harry S. Stamper in Armageddon with Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, and Clarke Duncan.

Nov. 6, 1998: Plays Major General William Devereaux in Under Siege with Denzel Washington.

Summer 1999: Begins dating Maria Bravo.

Aug. 2, 1999: Plays Malcom Crowe in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense with Haley Joel Osment.

Feb. 18, 2000: Plays Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski in The Whole Nine Yards with Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette, and Natasha Henstridge.

Oct. 8, 2000: He and Demi Moore divorce.

Nov. 2000: Begins dating Emily Sandberg.

Nov. 22, 2000: Plays David Dunn in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable with Samuel L. Jackson.

June 26, 2001: His younger brother Robert dies of pancreatic cancer.

Oct. 12, 2001: Plays Joe Blake in Bandits with Billy Bob Thornton.

Feb. 15, 2002: Plays Col. William A. McNamara in Hart's War alongside Colin Farrell.

Feb. 26, 2003: Hosts David Letterman after Letterman takes his first sick day in twenty years (not including his time off for heart surgery).

Mar. 7, 2003: Plays Lieutenant A.K. Waters in Tears of the Sun.

June 2, 2004: Breaks up with Brooke Burns, whom he has been dating for ten months, due to the difficulty of maintaining a long distance relationship.

July 6, 2003: On his official web site, Bruce reports that his golden lab, Bella, farted and when he attempted to fan away the stench with a blanket, he accidentally hit one of the model constellations hanging from the ceiling. This caused Saturn to fall and split open Bruce's forehead.

July 27, 2004: Plays Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski in The Whole Ten Yards with Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry, and Natasha Henstridge.

Oct. 20, 2004: Sues Revolution Studios because of injuries caused by "ultrahazardous activity" during filming of Tears of the Sun, claiming the injuries cause serious mental, physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Mar. 11, 2005: Plays Jeff Talley in Hostage.

Apr. 2005: Is made an officer in the "Order of Arts and Letters" by France.

Apr. 1, 2005: Plays John Hartigan in Sin City with Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke.

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