Bruce Willis Is Stepping Away From Acting After Aphasia Diagnosis

Bruce Willis Is Stepping Away From Acting After Aphasia Diagnosis

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 04: American actor Bruce Willis attends CocoBaba and Ushopal activity on November 4, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia (a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate). On March 30, the 67-year-old actor’s family announced the news via an Instagram post with an update on Willis’s health.

“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,” Willis’s family wrote in a caption alongside a photo of him. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

Willis’s family expressed their gratitude to the actor’s fans for their “continued love, compassion and support” during this difficult time. They added that they “wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him,” before concluding their message with a quote from Willis. “As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.” The note was signed by Willis’s daughters — Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn Willis — as well as his wife, Emma Heming Willis, and ex-wife Demi Moore.

Willis has starred in dozens of films and TV shows over his 40-plus year acting career. The actor is most known for leading the “Die Hard” film franchise, while starring in other iconic films like “Pulp Fiction,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Sixth Sense,” and “Sin City.” His accolades include a Golden Globe and an Emmy award in 1987 for starring “Moonlighting.” He also won an Emmy in 2000 for starring on “Friends.”