Arnold Schwarzenegger Pays Tribute to Bruce Willis Amid Actor’s Retirement

Arnold Schwarzenegger has paid tribute to Bruce Willis, calling him “a huge star” amid the actor’s retirement.

Willis, 67, announced in March that he was stepping away from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a cognitive disorder that can impact a person’s ability to communicate.

Schwarzenegger, 74, who has starred in action films such as “The Terminator” and “Predator,” said he was “heartbroken” to hear about Willis’ diagnosis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Pays Tribute to Bruce Willis Amid Actor's Retirement
Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger join Sylvester Stallone to celebrate his 60th birthday at Planet Hollywood in 2006.Denise Truscello / WireImage

“I’ve always been a big fan of Bruce Willis, and I’m heartbroken to hear about his diagnosis,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement to Deadline. “He’s a huge star, and he’s been a part of some of the most iconic films of all time. My thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time.”

Willis’ retirement comes after a long and successful career in Hollywood. He has starred in over 100 films, including “Die Hard,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “The Sixth Sense.” He has also won two Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Aphasia is a neurological disorder that can affect a person’s ability to communicate. It can cause problems with speaking, understanding language, reading, and writing. There is no cure for aphasia, but there are treatments that can help improve a person’s communication skills.

Bruce Willis family statement

Willis’ family said in a statement that he is “facing some challenges” and that they are “grateful for the continued love and support from his fans.”

Bruce has always been a fighter, and he will continue to fight this with the support of his family and friends,” the statement said.

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