Die Hard star Bruce Willis announces retirement

After almost half a century in acting, Hollywood film star, Bruce Willis, has announced his retirement.

The retirement comes in response to a recent Aphasia diagnosis, defined by the NHS as when: “a person has difficulty with their language or speech, usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain.”

The 67-year-old actor’s daughter, Rumer Willis, released a Twitter statement reading: “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.”

Image credit: 20th Century Studios

Beginning his career in the 1970s through theatre, Willis soon established himself as a household name through acting roles in TV and film during the 1980s and 90s such as David Addison Jr in Moonlighting and John McClane in Die Hard.

Willis is known for his Hollywood blockbuster film roles in films such as Die Hard, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, and Pulp Fiction, just to name a few.

As of 2022, films featuring Willis have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest grossing actors in the world.

By Adam Eaton

Feature image: Charles Sykes/Invision/Los Angles Times

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