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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 12. John McClane

"Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!" John McClane

Played By: Bruce Willis
Film: Die Hard 1-4

Why He's On The List: The role that turned TV's Bruce Willis into a movie megastar, John McClane had to be one hell of a character to stop Hans Gruber from swallowing the movie whole. Luckily, he was - a foul-mouthed, wisecracking, no-nonsense New York cop with an itchy trigger finger, an aversion to Eurotrash terrorists, and a never-say-die spirit. McClane may be hard as nails, but he also has more depth and dimensions than was expected of '80s action heroes.

Finest Hour: His emotional breakdown over the blower to Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald Veljohnsen). Hard to imagine Arnie doing the same...

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 12. John McClane
Bruce Willis as John McClane

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