Voice actor, Tom Kane, has suffered a stroke that has left his future in voice acting on the rocks.
Best known for his role in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ as Yoda and a slew of other characters, Tom Kane suffered a stroke around two months ago. His daughter, Sam, came forward recently and told fans about his condition.
The stroke, which affected his left side and weakened his right, and damaged the speech center of his brain, for obvious reasons, put him out of commission as he cannot read, spell, or communicate effectively and while he’s still his same high-spirited self, his stroke might put him out of the voice acting world for good. His Neurologist warned him that he may never be able to do voice overs ever again.
The two remain hopeful as he receives speech therapy in Kansas City. He’s even supposedly showing signs of improvement.
Aside from the work in the animated ‘Star Wars’ franchise, Tom Kane also played the role of Professor Utonium and Him in ‘The Powerpuff Girls.’
Here is the full statement:
Hi everyone! This is Tom’s daughter, Sam. Our family wanted to share why my dad has been MIA. About two months ago he had a left side stroke that gave him right sided weakness and damage to the speech center of his brain. This means right now he cannot efficiently communicate verbally, nor read or spell. He is still competent and very much himself, but can only get out a few words right now. As many of you might know about strokes, it is possible for him to gain these functions back and we have found him excellent care in Kansas City for speech, occupational, and physical therapy, but for now, we have been warned by his Neurologist that he may not do Voiceovers again.My dad still remains in good spirits and his extreme stubbornness has helped him already show improvements in speech. He is fully on board with me sharing this and he will see anything you guys post.Lots of love from our family to yours.