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Bruce Willis ‘stepping away’ from acting due to illness

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FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, Bruce Willis attends the “Motherless Brooklyn” premiere during the 57th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, in New York. People in Mississippi’s capital city are being told to expect downtown street closures and explosions for the filming of an action movie that stars Willis. A bank heist movie called “A Day to Die” has been filming in Jackson in April 2021, with Willis shooting scenes in several places, including a street outside the Governor’s Mansion. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Bruce Willis will be stepping away from acting due to a cognitive illness according to reports.

The 67-year-old actor’s family announced the news on social media Wednesday, saying that he has been diagnosed with aphasia.

Aphasia is described as a condition that can “affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written,” according to the Mayo Clinic. It “typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. But it can also come on gradually from a slow-growing brain tumor or a disease that causes progressive, permanent damage (degenerative).”


Willis has been in the movie industry for several decades and is known for his action-packed movies such as Die Hard,  Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, and Armageddon.

He has also received numerous accolades for his performances including two Emmys and a Golden Globe.

While Willis will no longer be acting, he does have several movies that are scheduled for a 2022 release.