Bruce Willis will be “stepping away” from his acting career following a diagnosis of aphasia, a cognitive condition that affects one’s ability to understand or express speech.
His family made the announcement earlier today via his daughter Rumor’s Instagram account. (See below.)
To 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.
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. As Bruce always says, “‘Live it up” and together we plan to do just that. Love, Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, & Evelyn.
A former bartender, Willis shot to stardom on the one-two punch of the romantic-comedy mystery series Moonlighting and the action film Die Hard. He followed that with a string of box office hits that spanned from the 1980s into the 2000s which included such films as The Last Boy Scout (1991), Death Becomes Her (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), The Whole Nine Yards (1990), Sin City (2005), RED (2010) and Looper (2012).