Bruce Willis has had one of the longest running action careers of our generation.åÊHe was born Walter Bruce Willison in Germany in 1955, the son of an American soldier and German mother. After his father‰Ûªs discharge, the family moved to Carneys Point, New Jersey in 1957. Willis started performing in high school to help cope with a stutter. After high school, Willis worked a number of jobs, including bartender, security guard and private investigator(!).