Bruce Willis Stepping Away From Acting Due to Aphasia Diagnosis

Bruce Willis at the Luminere Awards in 2017
Bruce Willis at the Luminere Awards in 2017. Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (9176590a)

Bruce Willis made a name for himself as one of the biggest action stars of his generation, but he’s ready to step away from acting. The actor’s family announced his retirement following an aphasia diagnosis.

Aphasia is a cognitive disorder that can impact a person’s communication skills and can be caused by stroke or head injury. After Willis was diagnosed with this illness, his family released an official statement announcing he’s stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.

“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,” reads the statement by the actor’s family.

Willis’ career spans over four decades, and he’s best known for the role of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise. This series cemented his status as one of the biggest action stars of his generation, and he took similarly action-packed roles in The Expendables, Red, and Sin City franchises.

Willis explored many other genres throughout his career and starred in acclaimed films Pulp Fiction (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). He won one Golden Globe and received two Emmy nominations, in addition to winning a series of other prestigious accolades.