Actor Bruce Willis of the U.S. (R) poses with his wife Emma Heming (L) after being awarded as Commandeur des Arts et lettres (Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters) by French Culture minister Aurelie Filippetti during a ceremony at the ministry in Paris on February 11, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

London - Bruce Willis became a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris on Monday (11.02.13).

The 'A Good Day To Die Hard' star was presented with the prestigious accolade - the highest cultural award France has to offer - for his contribution to cinema at a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture.

Receiving the award, he said: “Whenever I am in Paris, I feel at home. I love my job and it still makes me laugh.”

Minister of Culture Aurelie Filippetti – who made the presentation – called his famous 'Die Hard' hero John McClane a “reluctant hero” and praised Bruce's diverse movie choices.

She said: “John McClane is an ordinary man faced with the extraordinary.

“[Bruce] chooses to rely on the most amazing filmmakers, such as Wes Anderson for 'Moonrise Kingdom', Quentin Tarantino for 'Pulp Fiction', [and my] humble preference 'Unbreakable' by M. Night Shyamalan.

Bruce's wife Emma Heming also joked she plans to call her husband “Commander” from now on.

She tweeted: “If I have to call him Commander so do you! #CommanderBruce (sic).” - Bang Showbiz