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Actors Considered to Play John McClane in Die Hard

During the long process of bringing the action classic Die Hard to the screen, a significant number of famous stars (of various generations) were mentioned as contenders for the lead part of John McClane before it was eventually won by Bruce Willis, a little-known TV comedy actor at the time. Which of these alternatives would have been best at playing the combination of a tough New York cop who's an admittedly terrible husband, easily moved to tears and responding to most situations with sarcasm that make for such a memorable protagonist?

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@JackSlater4,

Thank you for your poll suggestion.

Please change the link to your list from:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls536607990/edit?ref_=nmls_edt

To:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls536607990/

Only the author of a list can edit that list. The link you provide produces a 404 Access Denied error.

Also, please include a discussion link in your list to this discussion thread.

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@JackSlater4,

Thank you for adding the discussion link to your list.

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@dan_dassow​ Not a problem. Thanks for all the pointers. I'll get the hang of this, I promise.

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Do you have a source for your information?

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@JackSlater4​ Great, in this case it would be a good idea to add it to the IMDb as a reference for those that want to learn more.

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@Pencho15​ Good point. I'll add to all of them.

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@JackSlater4,

Thank you for adding the link for the source to your list. Please make the link clickable in your list by changing:

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/DieHard

To:

[link=https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/DieHard]

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Sinatra would have been 7-freaking-2 years old if he played the part!! Otherwise, I wouldn't know who to vote for. I guess I figure that out if and when this becomes a poll.

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@Tsarstepan​ Yeah, there's a long weird story behind that. Basically, starred in The Detective (1968), which is a based on a book by Roderick Thorp. That book has a sequel called Nothing Lasts Forever, which inspired the script for Die Hard. So the contract required them to at least offer the part to Sinatra, who, luckily, turned it down. Maybe if it had been 20 or 30 years earlier, Ol' Blue Eyes as John McClane might have had something to it. I don't know. Fun to speculate, anyway.

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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Ooc9tONsLmo/

Congratulations Jack.

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@Pencho15​ Wow, thanks. This is cool.