How Much Money Was Bruce Willis Paid for ‘Die Hard’?

<p><a href=””>Actor</a> Bruce Willis is best known for starring in the <em><a href=””>Die Hard</a> </em>movie franchise. He played the character John McClane from 1988 until 2013. How much was Willis paid for <em>Die Hard?</em> Here’s what we know.</p>

<h2>Bruce Willis’ movie and TV career</h2>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-custom-image-1200″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”3000″ height=”1970″ src=”″ alt=”Bruce Willis poses in front of a ‘Die Hard’ movie poster. ” class=”wp-image-3437912″ srcset=” 3000w, 150w, 640w, 768w, 1024w, 1536w, 2048w, 1200w, 91w” sizes=”(max-width: 3000px) 100vw, 3000px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”> Bruce Willis | Sean Gallup/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p>One of Willis’ early acting roles was in a 1984 episode of <em>Miami Vice</em> titled “No Exit.” He played the character Tony Amato. The following year, <a href=””>Willis starred in <em>Moonlighting</em></a> alongside Cybill Shepherd. Willis remained on the series for 66 episodes until it ended in 1989.</p>

<p>In 1987, Willis secured his first major film role. He played the character Walter Davis in <em>Blind Date</em> alongside Kim Basinger. Willis established himself as an action movie star the following year when he played John McClane in <em>Die Hard</em>.</p>

<p>In 1989, Willis voiced Mikey in <em>Look Who’s Talking</em> and the 1990 sequel <em>Look Who’s Talking Too</em>. Some of Willis’ other acting appearances include roles in <em>Armageddon</em>, <em>The Bonfire of the Vanities</em>, <em>The Expendables</em>, Glass, and <em>Red</em>.</p>

<p>During a 1988 interview with <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Oprah Winfrey</a>, Willis said sudden fame was “frightening” for him. He didn’t know how to handle his new life.</p>

<p>“It’s very frightening,” says Willis. “And being the kind of tough guy that I am, or like to think that I am, you never want to let anyone know you’re afraid. You never want to tell anyone that you’re afraid of what is happening in your life. It was scary for me.”</p>

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<h2>How much was Bruce Willis paid for ‘Die Hard’?</h2>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-custom-image-1200″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1280″ height=”884″ src=”″ alt=”Bruce Willis attends a ‘Die Hard’ event with his wife. ” class=”wp-image-3437913″ srcset=” 1280w, 640w, 768w, 1024w, 1200w, 87w, 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Heming Willis | Dave M. Benett/WireImage</figcaption></figure>

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<p>Willis was reportedly paid $5 million for <em>Die Hard</em>. At the time, a salary like this was unheard of. The late Alan Ladd Jr., former chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, told the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Chicago Tribune</a> that Willis’ high salary would throw the entertainment business “out of whack.”</p>

<p>Ladd told the publication he was “stunned” when he heard how much Willis would be paid. According to him, other actors would start requesting higher salaries.</p>

<p>“We haven’t gone after a big star in the last month,” Ladd said. “But if we try to make a deal with Tom Selleck, for example, after <em><a href=””>Three Men and a Baby</a></em>, is he going to say, ‘I’ve just been in a big, successful picture, so I want $6 million’?”</p>

<h2>Bruce Willis’ highest-grossing films</h2>

<p>As of this writing, Willis’ highest-grossing film is <em><a href=””>The Sixth Sense</a></em>. The 1999 film had worldwide box office earnings of $673 million. This includes $294 million at the domestic box office and $379 million internationally.</p>

<p>His other high-grossing films include <em>Armageddon</em>, with $555 million in worldwide box office earnings; <em>Live Free or Die Hard</em>, with $382 million in worldwide box office earnings; and <em>G.I. Joe Retaliation</em>, with $376 million in worldwide box office earnings.</p>

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<h2 id=”h-bruce-willis-net-worth”>Bruce Willis’ net worth</h2>

<p>As of this writing, Willis has an estimated net worth of $250 million, according to <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Celebrity Net Worth</a>. He has built his impressive wealth with paydays from movies such as <em>Last Man Standing</em> ($16.5 million), <em>Live Free or Die Hard</em> ($25 million), and <em>Unbreakable </em>($20 million).</p>

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