“As a family, we wanted to share with the great Bruce supporters that our beloved Bruce has certain health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia which marks his cognitive abilities,” the family said.
“As a result, and after careful consideration, Bruce is stepping down from his career, which meant so much to him,” the post continued on the actor’s daughter Rumer Willis’ Instagram profile.
Aphasia is caused by brain damage, such as stroke, head injury, or cancer. It comes in different forms depending on which part of the brain has been damaged and manifests itself in a variety of ways, ranging from mild speech impairment to complete loss of speech and understanding.
Bruce Willis’ brilliant career in the mid-1980s began with a role in a comedy crime series Moonlight, but the greatest glory was brought to him by various action heroes. Primarily beat-for-life cop John McClane from the five-part Death Trap series, who is, of course, backed up by, say, Joe Hallenbeck from the movie The Last Scout (1991). But Willis has also repeatedly shown that he can take on more serious roles.
Psychiatrist Malcolm Crowe stands out for his filmography in the mystery drama The Sixth Sense, shot in 1999 by director M. Night Shyamalan. Although the role of a child psychiatrist initially drew rather ironic remarks from cinema publicists about Willis’ acting skills, the result exceeded all expectations. On the face of it, the low-key ghost thriller is one of the hits of the cinematic season and to date, it’s the primacy of Willis’ most commercially successful film.
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Willis also appeared in other critically acclaimed films, but was not given a role similar to that of the Sixth Sense. However, the directors – whether Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction (1994), Terry Gilliam in science fiction 12 monkeys (1995), Luc Besson in Fifth Element (1997) or even Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller in Sin City (2005)) known type of thug. Whether it’s a boxer, a prisoner sent to the past to stop the epidemic, a taxi driver from the future or a cynical comic book detective.
But lately he hasn’t had much luck with roles. This year, the organizers of the Zlatá rasina anti-American film award have even created a special category just for Willis. Last year, he appeared in eight mostly low-budget films, which received no more than a 20% rating from film critics on specialty server Rotten Tomatoes.
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The actor was born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany to an American soldier and a German mother. When he was two, the family moved to New Jersey. After his parents divorced, Bruce left home at the age of 16 and earned his living as a bartender, laborer, gas station attendant, but he tried as a private detective. The turning point in his life came when his friends persuaded him to at least try acting.
Bruce Willis was also famous in Hollywood in the 1980s for his relatively wild lifestyle and romantic escapades. After a three-month acquaintance, one of such romances turned out to be a wedding with actress Demi Moore. Their relationship lasted 13 years and ended in 2000 in divorce.
However, the two ex-spouses continue to meet and have raised three daughters together. In March 2009, Willis remarried – his chosen one is 22 years younger model Emma Heming, with whom he has two more daughters.
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