Action movie fans were devastated to hear of Bruce Willis’ diagnosis.
And the star of the Die Hard movie franchise has remained silent ever since.
But Hollywood superstar Bruce Willis just spoke on camera for the first time since being diagnosed with an incurable disease.
Hollywood legend Bruce Willis had a long and storied career that spanned more than 40 years.
From Moonlighting to action icon
Willis got his start in 1980, but he really skyrocketed to fame during the hit show Moonlighting from 1985-1989 with co-star Cybill Shepherd.
From there, Willis’ career rocketed into orbit. He has appeared in more than 100 films and on multiple TV shows.
He starred in two successful comedies, Look Who’s Talking (1989), and its sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too (1990).
Willis gained a large following after appearing with Damon Wayans in the movie The Last Boy Scout in 1991.
But Willis is probably best known for his starring role in the wildly successful Die Hard movies.
He showed his talent by taking the lead role in the 1999 thriller/horror movie, The Sixth Sense, which earned 6 Academy Award nominations.
In the last few years, he once again found fame in the action-comedy movie franchises, Red and The Expendables.
An interesting Personal life
Willis was born Walter Bruce Willis in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, on March 19, 1955.
His mother Marlene was German, and his father, David Willis, was an American soldier stationed in Germany at the height of the Cold War.
After being discharged from the military in 1957, his father relocated the family to his hometown of Carneys Point, New Jersey.
Willis spoke with a stutter when he was young and in high school his classmates nicknamed him “Buck-Buck.”
Willis joined the drama club and discovered that acting on stage helped reduce his stutter.
He was eventually elected Student Council President.
Before he got his start in acting, Willis worked in a nuclear power plant as a safety officer.
It was one of his first jobs in the mid-1970s before he got his big break as an actor.
After working as a private investigator, he turned to acting, where his time as a private investigator would come in handy for his role in Moonlighting.
Willis enrolled in the Drama Program at Montclair State University.
After school, he moved to New York City, where he worked in the early 1980s as a bartender while living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
At the premiere for his film, Stakeout, Willis met actress Demi Moore.
He eventually married Moore on November 21, 1987, but divorced her on October 18, 2000.
But Willis maintained a close friendship with both Moore and her subsequent husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, and even attended their wedding.
Willis married model Emma Heming on March 21, 2009, and the guests included his three daughters, as well as Moore and Kutcher.
Willis and Hemin have two daughters, one born in 2012 and another born in 2014.
Health problems and sadly, retirement
Last month, the Die Hard star’s family announced he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
Sadly, there is no cure for the progressive disease.
Willis had already retired from the industry last year following a diagnosis of aphasia, which makes it challenging for people to communicate.
In fact, many of his recent costars had indicated over the past few years that Willis was very difficult to communicate with.
Since his diagnosis, Willis has remained quiet, shunning the spotlight, public appearances, and interviews.
But now a video of the Hollywood legend speaking has been posted online.
Willis was all smiles on Sunday as he celebrated his 68th birthday surrounded by his family and closest friends.
The video was posted by Demi Moore on her Instagram page.
Willis’ current wife, Emma, was, of course, also at the party with their two children.
The 68-year-old was seen smiling as the family sang Happy Birthday to him.
Willis even joined in on the singing as his family cheered.
And Bruce Willis’ fans were cheering him on, too.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.