Bruce Willis steps back from acting after brain condition 'affects abilities'

30 March 2022, 22:17

Bruce Willis is stepping back from acting
Bruce Willis is stepping back from acting. Picture: Alamy

By Will Taylor

Bruce Willis will step back from acting after being diagnosed with a brain condition that affects his cognitive abilities.

Hollywood has rallied around the Die Hard actor, whose family announced he has aphasia.

The condition is more common in people aged over 65.

Willis, who is also known for his roles in Pulp Fiction, Sixth Sense, Looper and 12 Monkeys, is 67.

Read more: Sunak must offer new ideas to avoid dreaded 1970s-style stagflation, Duncan-Smith warns

In a statement on Instagram, his family said: "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."

Willis, the actor behind Die Hard's John McClane, the cop who repeatedly finds himself in violent terrorist attacks before he saves the day, has five children.

Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn all signed the post, as did Emma Heming, who he married in 2009, and Demi Moore, his first wife.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, and has been nominated for five Golden Globes, winning one, and three Primetime Emmys, winning two.

Aphasia is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension, and can leave a person unable to communicate effectively.

"Grace and guts! Love to you all!" wrote actress Jamie Lee Curtis on social media.

Len Wiseman, who directed Die Hard 4, said: "Sending love and strength to you, Bruce and your lovely family."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Breaking News

Vatican says sorry after Pope's use of derogatory language about gay men

Palestinians fleeing the southern Gaza city of Rafah

Israeli army says Rafah air strike probe finds fire caused by secondary blast

T-Mobile logo

T-Mobile announces multibillion-dollar US Cellular deal

Mr Sunak joked that he wanted a day off during the Q&A.

'I would love a day off,' Rishi Sunak jokes as he shuts down idea of extra bank holiday

Footballers who ran 'industrial' £260m drugs gang jailed for total of 104 years as empire collapses ‘like house of cards’

Footballers who ran £260m 'industrial' drugs gang jailed for total of 104 years as empire collapses ‘like house of cards’

A tent camp in Rafah housing Palestinians displaced by the Israeli offensive

Israeli strikes kill 16 in Rafah, medics say, as residents report heavy fighting

Tributes have been paid to watch seller Oliver White who was found dead after a raid

'I cherish you forever': Devastated girlfriend pays tribute to watch seller found dead after being choked during robbery

Supporters of the ruling and opposition parties demonstrate at the legislative chamber building in Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan’s legislature passes changes seen as favouring China

Papua New Guinea Landslide

Fears rise of second landslide and disease at site of Papua New Guinea disaster

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Zelensky secures further promise of military aid as he continues EU tour

A jewellers raided by two thieves on Saturday (left and right) was previously targeted in a 2021 attack where robbers stole £500,000 worth of watches, it has been revealed.

Revealed: Firm whose watch dealer was found dead after raid also targeted in 2021 when crooks stole £500k of timepieces

Michael Gove u-turn revealed, leaked emails show he was due to stand just the day before he announced decision to quit

Michael Gove u-turn revealed, leaked emails show he was due to stand just the day before he announced decision to quit

Nigel Farage has told LBC that the election is a 'foregone conclusion'.

‘It’s over’: Nigel Farage says General Election is a ‘foregone conclusion’ and ‘Labour have won’

India Cyclone

Storms flood villages and trigger power cuts to millions in Bangladesh and India

Storm damage in Pryor, Oklahoma

22 dead as powerful storms leave trail of destruction across several US states

Festival-goers endure heavy rain at the Hay Festival in Hay on Wye in Wales over the weekend

UK set for '50 days of rain' in one of the wettest summers in over a hundred years