Bruce Willis will step away from his acting career after being diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that impedes a person’s ability to speak and write. The actor’s family, including his wife Emma Heming-Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore, announced his condition on Instagram on Wednesday. Aphasia is “impacting his cognitive abilities”, the statement said. Willis, 67, is best known for playing John McClane in the Die Hard films, which made him a star. Will’s family posted a joint statement on the Instagram handle saying that aphasia is impacting his cognitive abilities- it is a condition that leads to loss of ability to express or understand speech. The post added that it is a challenging time for their family. Aphasia can affect the ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written. It typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury.
“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.” Willis has five daughters, three with Ms Moore and two with Ms Heming-Willis. Several actors and other stars offered their condolences to Willis and his family following the news. At the time of his retirement, Willis had completed eight films awaiting release in 2022 and 2023.
His acting career began in the early 1980s but he did not become a household name until later in that decade – first after starring opposite Cybill Shepherd in the ABC TV series Moonlighting and then in his 1988 performance as John McClane in the first Die Hard film. Since then, his films including The Sixth Sense, Armageddon and Pulp Fiction have grossed more than $5bn worldwide, according to Variety. He’s been nominated for five Golden Globes, winning one for Moonlighting, and three Emmys, winning two. Some of his other popular films include The Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, The Last Boy Scout, Death Becomes Her, Pulp Fiction and 12 Monkeys.