Bruce Willis will step down from his acting profession after being pinpointed with aphasia, a circumstances that hinders a person's ability to speak and write.
The actor's household, including his wife Emma Heming-Willis and former wife Demi Moore, reported his condition on Instagram on Wednesday.
Subsequently his films including The Sixth Sense, Armageddon and Pulp Fiction have brought in added to $5bn globally, according to Variety. He's been put forward for five Golden Globes, clinching one for Moonlighting, and three Emmys,clinching two.
Many entertainers and other celebrites offered their commiseration to Willis and his family following the news.
"Grace and guts! Love to you all!" actress Jamie Lee Curtis wrote in response to Demi Moore's post.
"Sending lots of love and healing to you all!" wrote journalist Katie Couric.
Aphasia is "impacting his cognitive abilities", the statement said.
Willis, 67, is most popular for playing John McClane in the Die Hard films, which made him a celebrity.
"With much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him," his family wrote in a joint statement. "This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support."
Willis has five daughters,
three with Ms Moore and two with Ms Heming-Willis.
What is aphasia?
- It's when a person has difficulty with their language or speech
- Usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain, like a stroke
- Hampers reading, listening, speaking, typing or writing
- Speaking problems are most common and can involve putting words together incorrectly
Source: National Health Service
His theatrical career started in the early 1980s but he did not become celebrity afterwards in that decade - first after highlighting opposite Cybill Shepherd in the ABC TV series Moonlighting and then in his 1988 performance as John McClane in the pioneer Die Hard film.