Bruce Willis

by ethnic on August 19, 2008

Bruce Willis

Birth Name: Walter Bruce Willis

Place of Birth: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: March 19, 1955

*English, as well as Dutch, French, Welsh, and Irish (father)
*German (mother)

Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer, and singer.

He was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany (now Germany), to an American soldier, David Andrew Willis, and a German mother, Marlene. Bruce’s father’s ancestry was English, with some Dutch, French, Welsh, and Irish. Bruce moved to the U.S. at the age of two, settling in Carneys Point, New Jersey, where his father was from.

Bruce has five children, two with his wife, British model and actress Emma Heming, and three, including actress Rumer Willis, with his former wife, actress, model, and filmmaker Demi Moore.

Bruce’s paternal grandfather was Edgar George Willis (the son of Edgar Prettyman Willis and Cora Augusta Tarburton). Bruce’s grandfather Edgar was born in Dover, Delaware. Bruce’s great-grandfather Edgar was the son of William F. Willis and Wilhelmina Mina Prettyman. Cora was the daughter of George Noble Tarburton and Elizabeth Ann Jacobs.

Bruce’s paternal grandmother was Martha Florence Tingle (the daughter of David Henry Tingle and Julia Martha Parsons). Bruce’s grandmother Martha was born in Maryland. David was the son of Manaan/Manain Tingle and Mary Truitt. Julia was the daughter of William Parsons.

Sources: Genealogies of Bruce Willis (focusing on his father’s side) –

Bruce’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Some of Bruce’s father’s other genealogical lines –

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Capricious April 3, 2015 at 5:16 am

I thought he looked like a mix of German and Italian. They tend to look like that.

cwm85 July 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Lol not really. Tho some germans are darker in terms of hair and eyes like some Italians. I thought he was Irish. But he is german and English with some welsh, Irish.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 11:41 pm

I don’t know, there is something “ethnic” about his eye shape. I thought Jewish too.

Christian March 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

i can definitely see the german and british in his face and bone structure

in germany millions look like him

he is the sort of MICHAEL STIPE-(REM ) type

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 1:15 am

Who is Michael Stipe or Stiperem????????

andrew March 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

cant believe u dont know the R.E.M., they are as famous as the U2 or Red Hot Chili Peppers. But I have never thought Bruce looks like Michael Stipe of R.E.M. lol

nnnnn March 15, 2013 at 12:45 am

I know R.E.M. and I can recognize their music and their
faces. But one can’t remember the names of all members of all bands. Stipe is that bald singer?

andrew March 15, 2013 at 7:28 am

yes. R.E.M. as band are dissolved now

Mike June 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

coolest dude

too bad Rumor took more after him than Demi LOL

nnnnn September 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

You mean, Demi is a beautiful woman? LOL

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 1:13 am

Demi looks a little bit better, as Bruce, cuz she isn’t bald
As she was bald (as soldgier Jane) they looked like twins.
If she has his talent…

Anonymous August 12, 2010 at 2:44 am
ethnic March 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Drake, I would agree that his father has Scottish ancestry as Willis is a Scottish name.

Drake March 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

i have somewhere read that his american father who was serving in Germany (if i’m not mistaken) is of scottish origin, but i forgot where is that source.

nnnnn September 28, 2012 at 12:19 am


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