Bruce Willis’ career skyrocketed when Die Hard came out the rest is history

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In 1987, Bruce Willis hopped on the actor-turned singer bandwagon, joining John Schneider, Eddie Murphy and Don Johnson. Willis was at the height of his Moonlighting role of David Addison when he recorded his debut album, The Return of Bruno. It was an R&B album that was released by Motown, and did pretty well. It peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A big part of that success was due to the single “Respect Yourself” which reached all the way up to #5 on the charts on March 7, 1987. The song was a remake that was originally performed by The Staples Singers in 1971. Bruno did a great job covering the song, but it didn’t hurt that June Pointer sang some verses with him.

His follow-up singles “Young Blood” and “Under the Boardwalk” did not fare nearly as well, peaking at #68 and #59, respectively. However, “Under the Boardwalk” did well in the U.K. peaking at #2 there.

Bruce Willis’ career skyrocketed the following year when Die Hard came out. The rest is history.

80 S When actor Bruce Willis auditioned for a role in the series “Moonlighting,” ABC at first turned him down. Then they asked him to do a screen test with Cybill Shepherd and the sparks flew.

in 1987, Bruce Willis hopped on the actor-turned singer bandwagon, joining John Schneider, Eddie Murphy and Don Johnson. Willis was at the height of his Moonlighting role of David Addison when he recorded his debut album, The Return of Bruno. It was an R&B album that was released by Motown, and did pretty well. It peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A big part of that success was due to the single “Respect Yourself” which reached all the way up to #5 on the charts on March 7, 1987. The song was a remake that was originally performed by The Staples Singers in 1971. Bruno did a great job covering the song, but it didn’t hurt that June Pointer sang some verses with him.

His follow-up singles “Young Blood” and “Under the Boardwalk” did not fare nearly as well, peaking at #68 and #59, respectively. However, “Under the Boardwalk” did well in the U.K. peaking at #2 there.

Bruce Willis’ career skyrocketed the following year when Die Hard came out. The rest is history.

“I flew out on a Monday, tested on a Wednesday, and got the gig on Friday,” says Willis, a New Yorker.

Willis and Miss Shepherd created magic on the television screen like no couple has done for years, when they rubbed against each other, or rubbed each other the wrong way.

During its brief springtime run, it was one of the few bright ratings spots among ABC’s also-rans. The network ordered more shows for the fall.

Willis stars as David Addison, a fast-talking private eye, who finds himself teamed up with glamorous model Maddie Hayes, played by Cybill Shepherd. Maddie’s business manager swindled all her assets except one of her tax write-offs: the detective agency.

It’s the battling, mismatched pair, reminiscent of “Remington Steele” and the Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy movies, which makes the humor, the sparks and the romance.

Addison is an impulsive, quick-witted schemer. Maddie’s strong-willed and authoritative, with an icy demeanor that would chill an ordinary suitor, but to Addison, it’s like catnip to a Persian.

“Addison’s a guy who’s been having a party all his life,” says Willis, lounging on a huge L-shaped couch in his secluded canyon home. He wears baggy khaki pants, a shirt that looks like it’s part of a pajama set, and a week’s growth of beard. Every now and then he takes a drink from a bottle of mineral water.

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