Kevin Sorbo suffered strokes during 'Hercules'
October 4th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Kevin Sorbo suffered strokes during 'Hercules'

Kevin Sorbo has revealed to Neurology Now that he suffered a series of strokes while starring in 1990s series "Hercules," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"I felt like I had been transformed overnight from a youthful, carefree jock into someone who needed to grasp the backs of chairs and counters for an arduous five-yard trip to the bathroom," Sorbo says of his health scare.

In 1997, the actor began getting mysterious symptoms – pain, aches, tingling and cold sensations in his left arm and hand. Then 38-years-old, he was checked out by a doctor, but “they didn’t believe it was anything serious,” Kevin said.

But after getting his neck cracked by his longtime chiropractor, Sorbo had blurry vision, was dizzy and heard a buzzing in his head. When he woke up the next day, the actor discovered his speech was slurred and he could hardly walk.

Hospital tests revealed an aneurysm in an artery near his shoulder. "I had blockages all down my arm that were making my fingers cold, tingly, and numb,” he said.

After undergoing a surgical procedure to remedy the aneurysm, Sorbo found out that he had suffered three distinct strokes. The cause of the strokes remains unknown.

"I went through two years of hell before I began to feel like myself again,” he shared of dealing with his medical issues. “I was depressed and frustrated and had a bad attitude."

But Sorbo received support from the “Hercules” producers, who worked around his recovery. The show ran from 1995 to 1999.

The actor, now 53, is married with three children. He chronicled his health struggles in a new book, “True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life.”

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  1. Shirley

    I know sort of what Kevin is talking about. It was with my husband. He had his right leg amputated cause the VA Hospital misdiagnosed his hurting numb foot. He had gang green from Diabetes instead. It was after the Hospital waited 3 months to see him , and then it was too late. Then he had pain in his left eye and was so bad he walked around with icepads on his left side of head. The VA said it was a mini TIA, he went blind in it. Then he had headaches and they gave him a 6 months appointment and 2 days before his appointment he had a major stroke. He has been like a tantrum throwing kid since then. He is 24/7 care and I had to quit my working and stay home with him. Life has been a living nightmare since then.

    October 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jacqueline atkins

    i was sorry too when i heard this about mr. sorbo. in some episodes you can tell. but he has bounce back and still looks good! having a STROKE IS VERY SERIOUS i am glad to see that he is doing well. may god bless you mr. sorbo

    October 8, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cookie

    I cant help but being fat & fugly. be kind. fat peeps needs luv to

    October 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    @cookie-still a fat f*(king b!t*h! Stfu ho

    October 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anomic Office Drone

    He sounds like a good guy, and it's always nice to see him on TV. His guest spot on Psych was great.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cookie

      @ Anomic- yeah it was! the bounty hunter episode is one of my favorites! "Did he just wink at me?" lol classic.

      Kevin Sorbo is a nice dood. I met him when he was up in vancouver filming a TV spot about 3 years ago. He chatted with me for 15 minutes or so inbetween takes. XD He's very genuine.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |

    We in the church support Mr Sorbo and would enjoy sharing in some of these "strokes" he mentions.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stephen

    I did not know that. It is good he was able to health from it. And still have a career.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. 4 toed injun

    I like strokes myself. As a native american i find it nice when friendly ladies stroke me.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. dirty old man

    I suffered a few "strokes" myself while watching this muscular hunk on TV.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |

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