Bruce Willis retires acting due to brain disorder aphasia
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.
“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
Willis has five daughters, three
with Ms Moore and two with Ms Heming-Willis.
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.
Several actors and other stars offered their
condolences to Willis and his family following the news.
“Grace and guts! Love to you all!” actress
Jamie Lee Curtis wrote in response to Demi Moore’s post.
“Sending lots of love and healing to you
all!” wrote journalist Katie Couric.