Legendary actor Bruce Willis will be stepping away from his acting career after being diagnosed with aphasia.
Willis’ family revealed on Wednesday that the 67-year-old actor would be retiring following a decades-long career that included numerous blockbuster films and franchises.
They shared that, the actor would be “stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” due to the condition affecting his “cognitive abilities.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, aphasia is “a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written.”
A report from ET revealed that, Bruce’s health has been deteriorating for sometime now, so much that the actor do forget his lines on set and needed help.
Willis and his family have numerous alternatives for treating his health moving ahead in order to retain a good quality of life.
“There are treatments for it, though, so it will be very important to get ahold of a speech and language pathologist,” Dr. Ifejika noted. “Their quality of life is greatly affected by aphasia, however, with good, adaptive methods and ways to compensate for aphasia, you can still have a good quality of life. There are certain medications and certain conditions that can be used to help facilitate communication.”
Willis’ most recent film was this year’s A Day to Die, and the IMDb page lists several completed and upcoming projects.
Willis is most recognized for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard series, but he also has roles in Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, Armageddon, The Fifth Element, and other popular films.