Mark Richard Hamill grew up in California, Virginia, New York and Japan; his father was a captain in the United States Navy. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College and made his acting debut on "The Bill Cosby Show" (1969) in 1970. He played a continuing role (Kent Murray) in the soap opera "General Hospital" (1963) and co-starred in the respected comedy series "The Texas Wheelers" (1974). Real fame came with his film debut (he was voice only in Wizards (1977)) with the hero role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He experienced a disfiguring car crash, but later played in Broadway, returning to film in 1989. During the 1990s, he became best known for providing the voice of the Joker in the animated "Batman" (1992) series.IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan email@example.com>
|Marilou York||(17 December 1978 - present) 3 children|
The voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series
Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films
In an ironic counterpoint to his problem of being typecast as a upright hero like Luke Skywalker in live-action roles, he has found that his successful career as an animation voice actor has typecast him as a player of flamboyant villains like The Joker in the animated "Batman" (1992) series.
Attended Nile C. Kinnick High School (known as Yo-Hi) in Yokohama, Japan, where as a senior he played Henry Aldrich in the high school production of Clifford Goldsmith's "What a Life", Naval Base. School is now on the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, where it is known by its original name, Kinnick High. Original site of the high school where Hamill acted is now a MyCal department store.
Hamill met his wife, Mary Lou York, when she was his dental hygienist.
He did all his own stunts in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) -- except two places: where Luke Skywalker jumps off the plank into the Sarlaac, turns, and flips back onto the plank and on the Death Star when Darth Vader throws his lightsaber at the supports of the catwalk. According to "The Making of Return of the Jedi" by John Philip Peecher (c. 1983), his stunt double, Colin Skeaping, performed both of these stunts.
He did all his own stunts in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), except in the scene in Cloud City where he is sucked out of a window.
He was originally cast as David Bradford on "Eight Is Enough" (1977), and asked to be released from his contract before Star Wars (1977) came out because he sensed the movie would be successful, and Hamill wanted to focus on his movie career. ABC refused to release him from his contract, thinking that having a successful movie star connected with the show would help "Eight Is Enough" (1977). Hamill was then in a car crash in December 1976 and injured his face. This made him unavailable for shooting the television series, and ABC was forced to recast the role of David, which then went to Grant Goodeve.
Is the fourth of seven children.
Auditioned for American Graffiti (1973).
Appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), which also starred Carrie Fisher. It was the first time the two had starred together since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Neither of them knew that the other was involved in the project until shortly after filming had been completed.
Attended Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia before his father was transfered.
He kept his Luke Skywalker boots, from the first "Star Wars" movie. When the movie was re-released to theaters in the late 1990s, his son asked if he could wear the boots to a showing. Hamill said no, telling him he didn't think the boy would "get out alive" if fans knew his boots were the originals.
Though in the original Star Wars trilogy he shoots a pistol and swings a lightsaber right-handed, he eats and writes left-handed. He can be seen eating left-handed in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) when in Yoda's home, throwing the skull left-handed to defeat the Rancor in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and when writing left-handed on a guest appearance on the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996).
Director Stephen Weeks originally wanted him for the part of Sir Gawain in Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) but the producers refused and insisted on Miles O'Keeffe.
Played the infamous Flash villain, The Trickster aka James Jesse (a word play for old west bandit Jesse James, a popular stunt for "Flash" creator Gardner Fox and other series writers), in both the short lived live action CBS series "The Flash" (1990), in 1991 (two episodes), and in the "Justice League" (2001) animated series in 2005, in the episode "Flash and Substance".
Worked for free on Britannia Hospital (1982)
He campaigned for George McGovern during the 1972 presidential race.
For the New Jedi Order novelization, he reprized his role as Luke Skywalker playing his own voice in a commercial.
He and Robert Englund are friends, the actor best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films. Englund, himself, auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker and, when he did not get the part, he encouraged Mark to go and audition after him.
Has actually played two roles in the original Star Wars trilogy. That's Mark's voice on the PA system announcing that "The first transport is away" in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Is one quarter Swedish.
Attended Hale Junior High School in the Clairemont Community of San Diego, California.
He has played the same character (the Joker) on seven different series: "Batman" (1992), "Superman" (1996), "The New Batman Adventures" (1997), "Static Shock" (2000), "Justice League" (2001), "Birds of Prey" (2002) and "Robot Chicken" (2005).
In addition to playing Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, he played the part in the NPR radio dramatizations of "Star Wars" (1981) and "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983). However, he was not available to reprise the role for "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
He has played the DC Comics supervillain The Joker longer and in more adaptations than any other actor.
A lifelong Democrat.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if there were a way to make movies without actors, George (Lucas) would do it.
Acting in 'Star Wars' I felt like a raisin in a giant fruit salad, and I didn't even know who the cantaloupes were.
"I had the accident way before Star Wars came out, but what really happened has been terribly distorted. I broke my nose, that's it! But I've read accounts about how my face has been reconstructed with plastic surgery and how I was pulling myself along the highway with one arm looking for help. I even heard that I drove off a cliff! That's the best one of all." - Mark Hamill on his auto accident.
The idea of The Force is basically "Religion's Greatest Hits".
You know how there are some stars out there who know how to market themselves? I don't have that.
You know where [the pride] comes from? It's not so much from the industry ... but the 9-year-old kid who looks at you like a cross between Superman and Santa Claus. And you'd have to be a really, really hardened cynic not to be moved by that. Not only that, but just doing the interviews for this animation series, I can't tell you how many people have said, 'I got into the business because of that movie.' ... I totally understand that because I remember walking out of Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and saying, 'I don't know how they got those skeletons to fight, but someday I want that to be my job. To make skeletons fight.'
I never saw myself so much as an actor. I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and create my own world and be able to have a studio at home and not commute and be able to be with my family. I just didn't have the skills to pull that off and so I've gravitated toward theater because I like all of it.
I think theater has given me the opportunity to show what a character actor I can be.
I've learned that the movies [Star Wars] will never finally end. It just goes on and on and on and on. I mean, it's going to be in 3D, then it's going to be smellivision, then it's going to be a ride in an amusement park, then they'll come to your house and perform it with puppets on your lawn ... it'll never end! I accepted that a long time ago.
I can't tell you how much we laughed on the set to have Alec Guinness in a scene with a big, furry dog that's flying a space ship.
I love comic books.
I'm waiting for my body to catch up with my age.
I've been married to a dental hygienist for years and if you think I haven't heard "Use the Floss" you'd be mistaken.
[When asked by Kevin Smith on "Dinner for Five" (2001) if he's tired of talking about "Star Wars"] To be honest with you, sure. I'm human. I mean, I like ice cream, but I don't eat it three times a day. And I've forgotten a lot of it. If I was still working on it, it might be different, but I've put it in perspective. I want to be supportive without being critical, but it's not mine anymore.
[Talking about Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher]: Actually, Harrison and I never fought in either picture. It was Carrie and I who had the screaming matches from time to time, though afterward neither of us could remember what they were about.
If you don't vote for Barack Obama, you're insane. 'Cause without him, I think the middle class will completely disappear. (Mid-July 2012 at Comic-Con)
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(November 2003) Performing in "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" at the Belasco Theater on Broadway.
(November 2005) In a commercial for Comcast High-speed Internet and Cable.
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