Decades later, Bruce Willis returns to his action filled role of veteran cop John McClane in "A Good Day to Die Hard."
"There's no way I could ever have ever imagined after that first film that we'd be sitting here talking about the fifth 'Die Hard,'" Willis said.
The 57-year-old actor started working with the "Die Hard" franchise in 1988 and is now working as hard as ever in 2013.
He's been running, jumping, shooting, and hanging through various scenarios over the past quarter century.
In "A Good Day to Die Hard," Willis plays his alter ego in real time, meaning he can't quite take a hit like he used to.
"I kind of have begun to include the pain in here and not just shake it off and act like I'm OK," Willis said. "We did some pretty big falls in this film and everybody seems to be OK. No stitches were awarded on this film."
In this film, McClane hears that his son is in trouble in Moscow and heads there to try and help him. But the two get mixed up in a plot involving nuclear weapons and nationalist politics.
Australian newcomer Jai Courtney plays Bruce's equally action loving son.
"Working alongside someone like Bruce, so experienced, seasoned, and good at what he does is a rare privilege, so I tried to absorb as much as I could," Courtney said.
And given that the franchise has made billions worldwide, it's not far-fetched for Jai to think of the possibility of "Die Hard Six".
"I don't think Bruce is quite done just yet, you know. I think he's got a couple more of these in him hopefully, anyway," Courtney said.
"There will come a day when I may have to retire the automatic weapons but not just yet," Willis said.
Willis hasn't just focused on big action Hollywood movies. He's sprinkled in plenty of small independent character pieces, including the recent "Moonrise Kingdom."
The romantic comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson is a film he's very proud of having been involved in. Oscar voters liked it too; "Moonrise Kingdom" is nominated for Best Original Screenplay.