Voice actor Tom Kane, famous for playing Yoda in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and villainous HIM in “The Powerpuff Girls”, has been largely unable to speak or read after suffering a stroke.
Kane’s daughter, Sam, revealed the news on the actor’s Facebook page, saying it’s unclear whether or not his father will ever recover.
“Our family wanted to share why my dad was MIA,” she wrote. “About two months ago he had a left-sided stroke which caused weakness on his right side and damage to the speech center of his brain. This means that at this moment, he cannot communicate effectively verbally, nor read or spell.
Sam wrote that his father is “still knowledgeable and very himself” but is unable to say more than a few words.
“As many of you may know about stroke, it is possible for her to recover these functions and we have found her excellent care in Kansas City for speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.” , she writes. “But for now, we have been warned by his neurologist that he will no longer be able to do a voiceover.”
Prior to his stroke, Kane was a prolific voice actor, lending his voice to hundreds of television series and video games. He was recently the narrator of Sarah Cooper’s Netflix special “Everything’s Alright” and lent his voice to the “LEGO Star Wars” vacation special on Disney +.
His most important role was to voice Yoda in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, but his credit list also includes “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends”, “The Wild Thornberrys”, “Johnny Bravo”, in plus vocals the HIM fan favorite villain on “The Powerpuff Girls” and the oft-mutilated Butler Woodhouse on “Archer.”
Sam wrote that his father “stays in a good mood”, noting that his “extreme stubbornness has already helped him show improvements in speech.”