Star Wars voice actor Tom Kane ‘struggling to speak after suffering stroke’

Star Wars voice actor Tom Kane has been left struggling to speak after suffering a stroke, his family has confirmed.

The 58-year-old voiceover artist is revered for his work on many Star Wars projects including the animated saga The Clone Wars, which aired between 2008 and 2020.

He has voiced iconic characters including Yoda, C-3PO, and was known for lending his vocals to the character Admiral Yularen.

Tom has also worked on other TV shows including The Powderpuff Girls, Kim Possible, Ben 10, and big-screen projects including Shrek and The Smurfs.

On Wednesday December 30, his daughter, Sam, revealed Tom had suffered a stroke that had affected the right side of his body and had damaged the speech centre of his brain.

And The Mirror reports that it is feared he might never be able to perform voiceover work again.

Sam shared the sad news via Facebook, writing: "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 centre of his brain."

The post continued: "He is still competent and very much himself, but can only get out a few words right now…

"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."

Tom has been voicing characters on TV, in film, and in video games since the 1990s – landing award nominations in the process.

In 2016, he won a Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game for his work on Lego Dimensions.

He has also worked as the announcer at The Oscars and has had roles as an actor in movies including Red Tails and Dracula 2000.

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