Bruce Willis will retire from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder that impairs a person’s ability to talk and write.
On Wednesday, the actor’s family, his wife Emma Heming-Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore, posted an update on his status on Instagram. Aphasia is “impacting his cognitive abilities” the statement read.
Willis, 67, is most remembered for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard movies, which catapulted him to fame.
“With much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him”. His family wrote in a joint statement. “This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.”
Bruce Willis’ Acting Career
His acting career began in the early 1980s. However, he did not become well-known until later in the decade. First, he starred in opposite Cybill Shepherd in the ABC television series Moonlighting. Then, in his 1988 portrayal as John McClane in the first Die Hard film.
According to Variety, his films such as The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, and Pulp Fiction have grossed more than $5 billion globally since then. Bruce Willis has won one Golden Globes award for Moonlighting. He had five nominations.
A number of actors and other celebrities sent their sympathies to Willis and his family.
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