During the following decade, Willis returned to his action roots by reuniting with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, his one-time Planet Hollywood business partners, in The Expendables series. He also appeared in comic-book adaptation RED and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, before starring with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper. In 2015 he worked on the Broadway stage for the first time, in the Stephen King classic Misery.
Of course, it’s John McClane in the Die Hard franchise that remains Willis’ most iconic role. The star first portrayed the vest-clad NYC cop in 1988 and reprised the character in its 1990 sequel and 1995’s Die Hard with a Vengeance. After a 12-year break, the series returned for Live Free or Die Hard, while fifth installment A Good Day to Die Hard arrived in 2013.