He has long been one of the world’s most prolific action-film actors, known for his dry, disdain-heavy humor and emotive on-screen discontent, but after a long and fruitful career, Bruce Willis is retiring.
The Die Hard actor has been a staple of the American cinematic universe for decades, and the aforementioned action flick will forever be part of a raging debate about what constitutes a “Christmas movie”.
But now, after a life-altering diagnosis, Willis is stepping away from the big screen.
The 67-year-old actor has been diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that affects the ability to communicate.
“Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” the family statement read.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”Advertisement - story continues below
“As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that,” read the statement, written on behalf of his wife, Emma, ex-wife Demi Moore, and daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn.
Willis’ condition is likely to affect his ability to communicate via written or verbal language, and can come on suddenly after a stroke or head injury, or the progression can be gradual.