Bruce Willis cuddles dog in first family photos since retirement due to health

Bruce Willis retired from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia (Demi Moore/Instagram)

Bruce Willis is seen smiling and cuddling a puppy in the first family pictures since announcing his retirement from acting due to health reasons earlier this year.

The Hollywood actor, 67, was pictured “getting into the holiday spirit” with his children, in a selection of photos shared by his former partner Demi Moore.

In March, Willis’s family announced he would be “stepping away” from his successful acting career after having been diagnosed with aphasia, a condition affecting his cognitive abilities.

According to the NHS aphasia is more common in people over the age of 65.

In the pictures posted to Instagram, the actor is seen smiling in front of a decorated tree with his family and pet dogs and enjoying dinner with them.

“We are FAMILY!! Getting into the holiday spirit!” Moore captioned the photo.

The pair married in 1987 and had his three eldest children, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah before separating in 2000, remaining on amicable terms.

Willis married actress Emma Heming in 2009, who was also pictured in the festive photos along with their two daughters Mabel and Evelyn.

Disclosing the news of his diagnosis on social media in March, his family said it had been a “really challenging time” for them and thanked fans for their “continued love, compassion and support”.

“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” a statement shared on Instagram read.

“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

Bruce Willis – In pictures

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Bruce Willis appeared happy on his wood walk (Emma Heming Willis/Instagram)

Bruce Willis appeared happy on his wood walk (Emma Heming Willis/Instagram)

Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis (Handout)

Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis (Handout)

Die Hard (Twentieth Century Fox)

Die Hard (Twentieth Century Fox)

Die Hard 2 (Handout)

Die Hard 2 (Handout)

Die Hard With A Vengeance (Handout)

Die Hard With A Vengeance (Handout)

Die Hard 4.0 (Handout)

Die Hard 4.0 (Handout)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Sylvester StallonE prior to the grand opening of Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills (AFP/Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Sylvester StallonE prior to the grand opening of Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills (AFP/Getty Images)

Twelve Monkeys (Handout)

Twelve Monkeys (Handout)

The Sixth Sense (Handout)

The Sixth Sense (Handout)

Following the news some of Hollywood’s biggest stars rallied around to support Willis, including John Travolta, Matthew Perry, M Night Shyamalan, and Jamie Lee Curtis, who hailed him as a “generous soul” and an “awesome badass”.

Willis has starred a string of hit films throughout his lengthy career including the Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, Moonrise Kingdom, 12 Monkeys and Looper.

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