Last year well known Voice Actor Tom Kane suffered from a stroke which caused him to loose his voice. Over the past year he has been recovering from the sudden infliction that kept him from working, but sadly the damage done was so bad his family announced on his FB account that he would be retiring from Voice Acting.
We have some sad news today. It's been announced that Tom Kane is retiring from voice work. His performances over the years are legendary, and brought joy to so many of us. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. May the Force be with you all❤️#StarWars #tomkane pic.twitter.com/5kLbFOOFDa— Wookieepedia (@WookOfficial) September 11, 2021
Tom Kane has been in the industry for a long time, voicing many characters on shows on Nickelodeon like The Wild Thornberrys and Cartoon Network like The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and also voiced various roles in the Call of Duty video game series, but he is also known for voicing in over 30 Star Wars video games and TV Series. His most notable roles being the replacement for Admiral Ackbar (taking over from Erik Bauersfeld), Admiral Yularen and Master Yoda. Since Frank Oz would only voice Yoda in selective works Tom would take over for the various video games and animated series featuring the character, most notably in both the 2003 and 2008 Clone Wars television series.
This news is a sad day for many people in the voice acting community. Sometimes people can recover from strokes but in this case, after a year of waiting, it seems he might not get his voice back. The last time a notable voice actor was effected by a stroke was Tim Curry in 2012.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family in these hard times.
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