Bruce Willis is officially retiring.
The actor’s family announced the news in a joint statement on social media. Apparently, Willis’ withdrawal comes as a result of his diagnosis with aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate.
The statement from Willis’ family on social media reads:
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.
This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.
As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that.
Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, & Evelyn
Willis’ long-running acting career has spanned TV and film for decades, with notable roles including John McClane in the Die Hard films, Cybil Shepherd in the ABC series Moonlighting, Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense, and many more. According to Variety, Willis’ films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. He received a Golden Globe Award and two Emmys, among other accolades.
Willis recently appeared in the feature Gasoline Alley. And while his retirement means he won’t appear in new future projects, fans do have quite a few upcoming films of his to look forward to. IMDb lists six separate projects currently in post-production that Willis will appear in, including White Elephant, Paradise City, and The Wrong Place.
As the screen icon takes a step back from Hollywood, let’s celebrate his long-running career. Which Bruce Willis films and shows are your favorites? Drop them in the comments below.