A well-known Disney voice actor, Tom Kane, has suffered a stroke which may impact his voiceover career.
Disney/Pixar fans may know Tom Kane as the narrator for the trailers to “Cars” and “Wall-E”. Disney Parks fans will know Tom Kane as the narrator of “Happily Ever After”, the nighttime spectacular at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, as well as the voice heard onboard the Monorail system since 2012. “Star Wars” fans may know Tom Kane as the voices of Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Admiral Yularen, and many more characters in various “Star Wars” movies, tv shows and video games over more than 20 years.
According to a post on his Facebook page by his daughter Sam, Tom suffered a stroke a couple of months ago that has caused damage to the speech center of his brain. While Tom and his family remain optimistic, his Neurologist has warned that he may not do voiceovers again.
“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. Here are some recent photos of dad “
via Tom Kane’s Facebook page
We hope for Tom’s speedy recovery. For more on Tom Kane’s Star Wars voicework, check out our article on the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Cast Reunion Challenge livestream.