Parker, Willis to co-host Tony nominations

15 Apr 2015 | Author: | One comment »

Broadway-Bound Bruce Willis & Tony Winner Mary-Louise Parker Will Announce 2015 Tony Nominations.

United Press International is a leading provider of news, photos and information to millions of readers around the globe via UPI.com and its licensing services.Film star Bruce Willis, who will make his Broadway debut later this year in Misery, and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker will co-host the 2015 Tony Award nominations on April 28.Mary-Louise Parker, a Tony Award winner and three time Tony nominee, will be joined by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis to announce the nominations for the American Theatre Wing’s TONY AWARDS in a live webcast, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

With a history of reliable reporting dating back to 1907, today’s UPI is a credible source for the most important stories of the day, continually updated – a one-stop site for U.S. and world news, as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. Willis’ extensive film career includes memorable roles in movies such as The Sixth Sense, the Die Hard series, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element. She originated the role of ‘Li’l Bit’ in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive, which earned Parker an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. She appeared most recently on Broadway in Sharr White’s original drama The Snow Geese for Manhattan Theater Club and MCC, reuniting her with Proof director Daniel Sullivan. Her work in Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America” garnered her an Emmy Award and the Golden Globe Award; and her work on “The West Wing” and in the television movie “The Robber Bride” were recognized with Emmy nominations, the latter winning her a Gemini Award.

Parker’s other film work includes Romance & Cigarettes, written and directed by John Turturro and produced by the Coen Brothers, and the dark Christian comedy Saved! Parker is known widely for her starring roles in Longtime Companion, Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Naked In New York,The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, Boys On The Side, Reckless, Pipe Dream, Red Dragon, The Best Thief In The World, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Solitary Man, Howl and THE FIVE Senses, for which she was nominated for a Genie Award. Additional theatre credits include Communicating Doors, Bus Stop, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Art of Success, Throwing Your Voice, BABYLON Gardens, The Importance of Being Earnest, Up in Saratoga, The Miser, and Hay Fever.

She won the Robert Brustein Award for ‘Excellence in Theater’ and the Philadelphia Film Festival Award for ‘Career Achievement’ and was recently awarded Steppenwolf theaters’ ‘Excellence in the Arts’. Her personal and professional belongings, along with career memorabilia, are archived at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Bruce Willis has demonstrated incredible versatility in a career that has included such diverse characterizations as the prizefighter in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994 Palme D’Or winner at Cannes), the philandering contractor in Robert Benton’s Nobody’s Fool, the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, the traumatized Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison’s In Country, the compassionate child psychologist in M. Following studies at Montclair State College’s prestigious theater program, the New Jersey native honed his craft in several stage plays and countless television commercials, before landing the leading role in Sam Shepard’s 1984 stage drama Fool for Love, a run which lasted for 100 performances Off Broadway.

Willis next won international stardom and several acting awards, including Emmy® and Golden Globe® honors, for his starring role as private eye David Addison on the hit television series “Moonlighting,” winning the role over 3,000 other contenders. He later reprised the character in four sequels: Die Hard: Die Harder (1990), Die Hard: With A Vengeance (1995’s global box-office champ), Live Free, Die Hard(one of the box-office hits of summer 2007) and a Good Day To Die Hard (2013). Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable), Alan Rudolph (Mortal Thoughts, Breakfast of Champions), Walter Hill (Last Man Standing), Robert Benton (Billy Bathgate, Nobody’s Fool), Rob Reiner (The Story of Us), Edward Zwick (The Siege), Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), Barry Levinson (Bandits, What Just Happened), Robert Zemeckis (Death Becomes Her) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Grind House). Other motion picture credits include Red, The Jackal, Mercury Rising, Hart’s War, The Whole Nine Yards (and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards), The Kid, Tears of the Sun, Hostage, 16 Blocks, Alpha Dog, Lucky Number Slevin and Perfect Stranger. In 2012, Willis successfully added to his credits, two critically acclaimed films: director Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, for which Willis and the film received Independent Film Award nominations, and director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper, co-starring Joseph Gordon Levitt.

An accomplished musician as well, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album The Return of Bruno, which went platinum and contained the No. 5 Billboard hit “Respect Yourself.” Three years later, he recorded a second album If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger.

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