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Kevin Sorbo

Actor & Stroke Survivor

Biography

Kevin Sorbo rose to fame as Hercules, on the hit TV series Hercules, the Legendary Journeys, which marked the starting point of resurgence for America’s infatuation with Superheroes. It was his blend of strength and integrity of the character that made this series beloved in 176 countries, surpassing even Baywatch as the most watched TV show in the world. But Kevin Sorbo had a secret. Read More >

After an undiagnosed aneurysm in his shoulder, he unexpectedly suffered a series of debilitating strokes. It was the same strength and integrity that caused him to hide this critical illness. Kevin describes it as if an 8.9 magnitude earthquake had struck his head and he had to deal with the damage and its aftermath. He could barely walk and was left partially blind, jeopardizing both his health and his promising career.

Kevin’s illness made him rethink his life in ways he never expected. After an arduous recovery over three years, he eventually regained his health, resumed his active lifestyle, and received critical acclaim for his film God’s Not Dead. He also began to understand the true power in overcoming adversity. Knowing if it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone, Kevin’s inspiring story is chronicled in his book True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life. True Strength is the story of how one man faced the unimaginable and ultimately found the real measure of success. 

Kevin’s efforts have won him numerous awards including the Public Leadership in Neurology Award and he was invited to co-author one of the most important additions to the Chicken Soup For the Soul series entitled Think Positive for Kids: 101 Stories about Good Decisions, Self-Esteem and Positive Thinking.

In real life Kevin leads A World Fit for Kids, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness and sports to become positive role models and coaches for younger children. In 2003, Kevin was named national spokesperson, successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, for the Afterschool Alliance — a non-profit organization working to ensure that all children have access to safe, enriching afterschool programs. In 2004, A World Fit for Kids was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star for the most successful after-school program in the state of California.

Kevin has created some of the most emotionally moving speeches you will hear, for those of us who roll up our sleeves and work hard every day, including people charged with educating our children, or dedicated to improving our nation’s health, or striving for strength to achieve success, even those of us busy overcoming our own adversities. Kevin is known to have an unfailingly candid voice, great wit and the skills of a master story teller. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

APB Presents: Kevin Sorbo

On Fox News

Stroke Awareness

On Surviving a Stroke

A World Fit for Kids

Speech Topics

My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life

On television, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demigod. However, while filming the fifth season of Hercules in New Zealand, Kevin felt numbing-sharp pains in his left arm along with cold fingers for 3-4 weeks. Ignoring the signs, Kevin continued to work, which eventually caused him to spend eight days in the intensive care unit. Read More >

He had suffered an aneurysm and a series of strokes, leaving him partially blind and incapacitated at age 38. Kevin went through three months of rehabilitation to learn how to walk again. At first, Kevin didn’t want people to know what happened because of his ego and out of fear. However, he realized if it happened to him, it could happen to someone else, so he wrote True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life chronicling his health experiences. In this inspiring speech, Kevin shares his personal journey, in the hopes of helping others through difficult times. Read Less ^

A World Fit For Kids

Imagine a world where childhood obesity is not an epidemic…a world where all students complete high school and are ready for higher education…a world where all kids, even the most disadvantaged, receive the guidance they need to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit. Read More >

Kevin believes we need to give young people the training, tools and support they need to achieve their goals and lead fit and fulfilling lives. A World Fit For Kids, an organization that Kevin hopes to replicate in other communities, is creating that world that will positively impact kids’ academic performance, life skills and health! Read Less ^

True Strength: Be a Super Hero in the Workplace

Persistence - Hope - Transformation - In the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, these three words can feel impossible to achieve. For actor Kevin Sorbo, failure was not an option. With this honest account of personal tragedy and triumph, Kevin aims to blaze a trail for those who are dealing with setbacks s and are now working to find their way back. Kevin can show your company what it takes to be a super hero in the workplace from his own experiences of success, failure and perseverance.

God’s Not Dead

How far would you go to defend your belief in God? In this rousing talk, Kevin Sorbo discusses his role in the film God’s Not Dead and focuses on the many crossroads we face in life as they relate to philosophy and faith. This challenging speech is a call to action that will educate, entertain and inspire audiences to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.