Bruce Willis Net Worth

How much is Bruce Willis worth?

Net Worth:$200 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:March 19, 1955
Country:United States of America
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Who Is Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is an actor who is famous for a starring as a hardened reluctant hero in a long string 1990s action movies such as Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element, and many more. The actor is most well known for being the face of the Die Hard franchise as the former New York City cop John McClane, which has now become an iconic character in pop culture. Willis has rarely taken roles outside of the action genre, despite starting out in drama.

We calculate Bruce Willis has a net worth of about $200 million dollars, as of 2021.

How did Bruce Willis get so rich?

Bruce Willis made one of the greatest deals in Hollywood history when he was negotiating a salary for his role in the iconic horror movie, The Sixth Sense. Willis made around $100 million for that movie alone. As well as an upfront salary of $14 million, the actor also received a percentage of back end profits, meaning a piece of the box office gross, and as the movie was one of the biggest hits of the year, making over $650 million worldwide, the actor made enough money to last several lifetimes.

Ever since the beginning of his career, Willis has been demanding high salaries. He made five million dollars for his role in Die Hard, and it was deserved as that movie caused the actor to get permanent hearing loss, as he can only hear one third as well as anybody else. In the latest installment of the franchise, Live Free Or Die Hard, the actor earned a salary of $25 million and who knows how much from back end profits! The actor is still seeing a ton of success and huge pay checks in the 2010s as he has starred in Looper, and the Red Franchise.

Why is he so famous?

It was in 1985 when Willis got his first starring role, which was in the television drama comedy, Moonlighting. He was the star of the show for four years until he started getting headhunted for much larger projects in Hollywood.

The actor is most well known for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard franchise, but he was the unlikely candidate for the role as nobody saw the “guy from Moonlighting” as an action star. People were in such disbelief that he could carry the film that the production company even removed him from the poster of the movie, and as he was the lead actor, the poster had become literally a picture of a building. But the movie was a massive success for the exact reason people didn’t think it would be. In the movie, Willis plays a NYC cop, completely out of his element, trying to take down a bunch of terrorists on his own. An unlikely action star was needed for the movie to be believable. The movie made over $141 million worldwide and Willis has starred in four more movies in the series since then; Die Hard 2, Die Hard With A Vengence, Live Free Or Die Hard, and A Good Day To Die Hard.

The crushing success of Die Hard had a reverse affect and now everybody saw Bruce Willis as an action star and nothing else. In the 1990s, Willis became one of the most bankable action stars in the world. The decade kicked off with Die Hard 2, which made double the money of it’s predecessor. The following year, Willis starred in his first action movie outside of the Die Hard franchise, pairing up with Damon Wayans for the buddy cop movie, The Last Boy Scout.

But the next tent pole movie in Willis’ long and storied career came in 1994 when he starred in Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus, Pulp Fiction. The movie was a multi-strand narrative and the scenes were out of order, it was something that hadn’t been attempted in commercial cinema before, but audiences and critics loved it. It was a success story that you rarely hear about in Hollywood, as Pulp Fiction had a budget of $8 million, something that you would call a micro-budget by today’s standards, but it went on to make over $210 million at the box office, despite the strange flow of the movie.

What makes him so successful?

Few people can pull off so much expression and intimidation with the one stoic look. After having acted for close to 40 years, and for 30 of those years he has been seen in the public eye as an action star, he is still perceived as exactly that, even at 65. Despite his age, Willis is still a bankable action star and is still called upon to breathe new life in to dying franchises, such as in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Willis rarely plays against type, as even in comedies he plays the same hardened stern character with no sense of humor, but it’s made funny when acting alongside a more goofier actor like Tracy Morgan in Cop Out. Willis even guest starred in the sitcom Friends for three episodes, and despite doing exactly what he does best, looking angry, he won an Emmy Award for the “comedic” role.

Though not all of the Die Hard movies are great and you can usually tell if a Die Hard movie is good if Willis has hair in the movie (if he has hair in the movie it’s one of the good ones,) he is invested in the Die Hard franchise more than you think. He reads every draft in the pre-production process and if he doesn’t like it he will request for it to be changed, whether it is a line of dialogue or the complete narrative, which is part of the reason why the sixth installment of the franchise keeps getting delayed.


Together with his starring roles in M. Night Shaymalan movies, with whom he has a great working relationship, and being the face of one of the biggest and best action franchises in the history of cinema, Bruce Willis has built a legacy and managed to reach an estimated net worth of $200 million. Though Die Hard 6 seems to unfortunately be in development hell, it is too much of a money maker not to see the light of day. Besides that, Willis is still working and is currently filming three films at once.

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Written by Victoria Rothstein

Victoria Rothstein entered the financial industry in 2002 and worked with an investment firm in Singapore until 2014. After more than ten years and as a shareholder as well as an executive, she left to focus on her own investments. Originally from New York she continues to live and work within emerging markets. Hong Kong is now her base, yet she is also often in Thailand, Indonesia and mainland China.

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