Retiring Star Bruce Willis And His Recent Diagnosis

Alexandra Kouropteva, Staff Writer

   Walter Bruce Willis is a retired American actor, loved by many people for his portrayal in over a hundred films. He has been in several famous movies like The Fifth Element, Color of Night, and more. But his rise to fame came when he played the leading role on the comedy-drama series Moonlighting. Although that’s the series that gave him fame, most people know him as one of America’s most recognized action heroes John McClane in the movie Die Hard. Sadly, however, Bruce Willis was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia recently. 

   Dementia is a disease which is most commonly found in older people. It can consist of an impairment of at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and judgment. Symptoms can include forgetfulness, limited social skills and thinking.  Even though medication and therapy can help manage the symptoms and even reverse it, some cases cannot be. 

   Back in 2022, Willis’ family disclosed that he was in fact suffering from Frontotemporal Dementia. Before that, however, his family stated that he was suffering from a medical condition, had to take a break from acting, but would come back. Now with the information about the specific Dementia he has, which is more rare than than others and impacts his ability to understand language and communication, Willis’ has officially retired from acting. 

   Many of Bruce’s’ friends and family share their memories and stories with Willis, along with words of encouragement for Willis and his family. His ex-wife, daughter and wife all posted statements on Instagram explaining the disease and how he is affected by it: his daughter wrote that “This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” while his wife states that “We wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”

   Many charter students also are fans of Bruce Willis and the movies he acted in. Some of them were even affected when finding out that Bruce Willis had retired. Myles Derisma, a sophomore, expressed “I think that it’s unfortunate, because he had to retire from his acting career which was very important to him I suppose. It’s sad to have to stop doing something that one enjoys and maybe even loves.” Another sophomore, Austin Rodriguez, was awestruck finding out his childhood hero was retiring, “Me and my dad used to always watch Bruces’ films together, I practically grew up with him. When I found out that he was diagnosed with dementia and that he was retiring, I kind of felt sad and a little disappointed too, knowing that I was not going to be able to see him in any new movies.” 

   Bruce Willis will always be remembered for his amazing acting and portrayal in his films, changing many people’s lives. Even though he is retiring, many will not forget him and his work.