Bruce Willis leaves Hollywood due to aphasia, but we can still see him on the big screen

Bruce Willis leaves Hollywood due to aphasia, but we can still see him on the big screen

Bruce Willis leaves Hollywood due to aphasia

Bruce Willis retires from the stage. A post by his daughter Rumer, also an actress, announces her father's desire to abandon his career as an interpreter due to a health problem: Willis was in fact diagnosed with aphasia, a cognitive disorder that hinders communication and can be caused from stroke, trauma and other neurological causes. In the message posted on Instagram, Rumer emphasizes how close Bruce's family is right now and the gratitude towards the fans.

This is the text of the post: "To all those who support Bruce we, his family, want to let you know that Bruce has some health problem and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, a disease that it affects his cognitive abilities. For this reason Bruce Bruce abandons the career he cared so much about ”.

Willis boasts a spectacular career: one of the few television actors of the 1980s to be successful in the "leap" to the cinema - was the unforgettable Don Juan Bruce Addison of rom-com Moonlighting - finds his post in Hollywood as an action star, starting with Die Hard, that blockbuster released in Italy as the Crystal Trap in 1988 of monumental success that makes his character John McClane, curious anti-hero in a white tank top and machine gun, a cornerstone of Western popular culture and launches a model , that of an indestructible hero with an inappropriate sense of humor.

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The rest is history: Willis, at 67, is a veteran of American cinema has appeared in such famous films as the science fiction The Fifth Element, Armageddon and The Army of the Twelve Monkeys, in the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense and in the cult Pulp Fiction. A proud supporter of the American army, he supports it not only in the cinema playing soldiers but also in real life by visiting the troops. We have recently seen him, precisely in Cosmic Sin but there are many other roles that he has played in the last year and will allow us to see him for a while longer on the big screen; among them, the action movie White Elephant by Jesse V. Johnson with Michael Rooker, Olga Kurylenko, and John Malkovich and in another action film, Paradise City, with John Travolta.

Bruce Willis is 'stepping away' from his acting career due to aphasia diagnosis, family says

Hollywood star Bruce Willis is 'stepping away' from his career due to a recent diagnosis of aphasia, a language disorder that impacts a person's ability to communicate, his family said Wednesday. 

'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,' his family wrote in a post on his daughter Rumer's Instagram account. '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,' his family added. '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.' 

The post was signed by Willis' current wife, Emma Heming Willis, as well as former wife, actress Demi Moore, and his children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn. Demi, Scout and Tallulah all posted the same message on their own Instagram pages. 

Willis, 67, is best known for his starring role as New York City cop John McClane in the 'Die Hard' films, though his acting career has spanned decades and included 'Pulp Fiction,' 'The Sixth Sense,' and the television series 'Moonlighting.' He has won more than 20 awards, including a Golden Globe for 'Moonlighting' and one Primetime Emmy each for 'Moonlighting' and his appearance on 'Friends,' according to his IMDB profile.  

He was married to Moore for 13 years before their divorce in 2000, and had three children. He is now married to Heming Willis, with whom he has two children. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage in the area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. The disorder 'leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others,' Johns Hopkins said, noting that the severity of the disorder depends on which parts of the brain are impacted. An aphasia diagnosis does not necessarily mean cognitive abilities, like memory or executive functioning, are impacted, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. 

Johns Hopkins said there are multiple causes for aphasia, including a stroke, head injury, brain tumor, infection or dementia. It is not clear which, if any, of those factors caused Willis to develop the disorder. 

It is possible for people with aphasia to recover completely, and speech therapy can help people recover some speech and language functions, Johns Hopkins said — but most will permanently retain some form of aphasia. 

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