Former actor Warut Woratham, who had fallen unconscious at his home in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district on Sunday evening prompting the district hospital doctor to perform a cardiopulmonary resuscitation to save his life before sending him to the better-equipped Nakornping Hospital, remains in a critical condition on respiratory aid.
His ex-actor father Raem Woratham, who was at his bedside in the intensive care unit and had already signed a consent form in case of emergency surgery, on Monday said that 49-year-old Warut had returned home in Ban Phae Huai Khwang of Tambon Nam Phrae after partaking in a televised programme being shot in Lamphun, when he suddenly had a shock medical episode and fell unconscious.
Following news of his sudden illness, many entertainment people who were close to him rushed to visit Warut in hospital, including singers Somprasong “Tum” Singhawanawat and Jaruwat “Oom Inca” Wisethsombaj.
Warut was born on September 17, 1969 in Bangkok. After his high-school graduation from Bangkok Christian College, he went to England to continue his studies.
He then entered the Thai entertainment circle in 1988 and became instantly famous due to his very first movie, “Khu Kham” (Ill-Fated Love), in which he played the role of an idealistic Imperial Japanese soldier, Kobori.
The role also enabled him to win the 1988 “Phra Saraswati” or “Tukkata Tong”” (Golden Doll) award.
He also won the “Golden Television Award” in 1992 for his role in the “Nai Fan” (In Dream) televised drama.
Besides his acting in films and television dramas, Warut hosted TV shows.
He and his common-law wife Jessadawan Chantaeng had a son, Anachak Woratham, before they separated.
After that, Warut revealed that he had another son in New Zealand from a previous wife.
As his acting and TV show work slowed down because his drinking problems required continuous treatment, he permanently withdrew from the entertainment circle last July to fully run his Ban Warut (Warut’s home) coffee shop and restaurant in Hang Dong, while also quitting drinking for more than six months.
He was recently invited to join a TV show, and also served as a speaker for the Hang Dong public health office at various events to motivate people to refrain from drinking alcohol.