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Date of Birth 25 September 1951Oakland, California, USA
Birth NameMark Richard Hamill
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Hamill is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - a role he would reprise in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Hamill also starred and co-starred in the films Corvette Summer (1978), The Big Red One (1980), and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Hamill's extensive voice acting work includes a long-standing role as the Joker, commencing with Batman: The Animated Series (1992).

Mark Richard Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne (Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, 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). He played a recurring role (Kent Murray) on the soap opera General Hospital (1963) and co-starred on the comedy series The Texas Wheelers (1974). Robert Englund auditioned for a role in Apocalypse Now (1979) when he walked across the hall where auditions were taking place for George Lucas's Star Wars saga. After watching the auditions for a while, he realized that Hamill, his friend, would be perfect for the role of Luke Skywalker. He suggested to Hamill that he audition for the role; Hamill did, and won the role.

Released on May 25, 1977, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was an enormous unexpected success and made a huge impact on the film industry. Hamill also appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) and later starred in the successful sequels Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). For both of the sequels, Hamill was honored with the Saturn Award for Best Actor given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for the radio dramatizations of both "Star Wars" (1981) and "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983). For the radio dramatization of "Return of the Jedi" (1996), the role was played by a different actor.

With the acquisition of Lucasfilm by the Walt Disney Company, it was announced that there would be more Star Wars films, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), which was released on December 18, 2015. Hamill appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and will continue to star in the current trilogy, alongside fellow Star Wars actors Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, respectively.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (1)

Marilou York (17 December 1978 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (4)

The voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series
Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films
Ability to change his voice, and be unrecognizable in a variety of animated roles
Geeky/Nerdy personality to his fans.

Trivia (44)

Father of Nathan Hamill (b. 25 June 1979), Griffin Hamill (b. 4 March 1983) and Chelsea Hamill (b. 27 July 1988).
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 on Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
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". 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 accidentally hit Peter Stormare during a fight scene in Hamilton (1998).
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: Episode IV - A New Hope (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 the comedy-drama film American Graffiti (1973).
Has 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.
Claims his inspiration for the vocal interpretation as The Joker on Batman: The Animated Series (1992) came from a mixture of Hannibal Lecter and Jerry Lewis.
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.
Mark and his "Star Wars" co-star Harrison Ford were both considered for the role of the bumbling wizard Schmendrick in the animated adaptation of The Last Unicorn (1982).
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 animated Justice League (2001) series in 2005, in the episode "Flash and Substance".
Worked for free on the comedy-drama film Britannia Hospital (1982).
He campaigned for George McGovern during the 1972 presidential race.
For the New Jedi Order novelization, he reprised 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.
Got along quite well with his Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) castmate Ian McDiarmid, as they both had a taste for British comedy.
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).
Trained with swordmaster Bob Anderson for his role as Luke Skywalker; Anderson also trained David Prowse (Darth Vader).
Mark's maternal grandfather was of Swedish descent. Mark's other ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh.
Attended Hale Junior High School in the Clairemont Community of San Diego, California.
He has played the same character (the Joker) on eight different series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Superman (1996), The New Batman Adventures (1997), Static Shock (2000), Justice League (2001), Birds of Prey (2002), Robot Chicken (2005) and Justice League Action (2016).
Is one of three actors, along with Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, to reprise their same roles from the original Star Wars trilogy in the NPR radio dramatizations of the trilogy.
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).
Has played the DC Comics supervillain, The Trickster, in both live-action (The Flash (1990)) and animated form (Justice League (2001)).
Has played the same character (Luke Skywalker) on three different series: The Muppet Show (1976), Family Guy (1999) and Robot Chicken (2005).
Has played the DC Comics supervillain, The Joker, longer and in more adaptations than any other actor.
A lifelong Democrat.
He, Joe Mantegna, and Elizabeth Taylor are the only actors to play both themselves and a fictional character on The Simpsons (1989). Coincidentally, Hamill and Mantegna both appear in The Simpsons: Mayored to the Mob (1998).
Has played the DC Comics supervillain, The Trickster, in both live-action (The Flash (1990), The Flash (2014)) and animated form (Justice League (2001)).
George Lucas had asked Hamil if he would be interested in playing an Obi-Wan type Jedi Master in Star Wars Episodes VII,VIII AND IX where he would pass on the excalibur to the next young hope and that it would be out around 2011. Disney will now make these films for 2015,2017 and 2019.
In The Flash: Tricksters (2015), he delivers (in a raspy creepy voice) the famous line Darth Vader spoke to Luke Skywalker, "I am your father.".
His daughter Chelsea is a fan of Criminal Minds (2005). When he was offered the role of John Curtis in Criminal Minds: The Replicator (2013), she was thrilled to learn that, since his role had been hinted at all throughout season 8, he would be playing the Replicator.
He is a huge fan of the English rock band The Kinks.
Attended the LACC Theater Academy. Other alumni include Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Cindy Williams, Donna Reed and Rene Michelle Aranda.
Does not like having a beard, but agreed to have one for the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Replaced Tim Curry, as the voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series(1992).
Even though Luke Skywalker was his most successful role in his entire acting career, (other then the movies, The Star Wars Holiday Special and the first 2 N.P.R. Radio adaptions of episodes 4 and 5) he never reprized his role since, not in any of the cartoon shows, the video games (All formats) not in anything.

Personal Quotes (22)

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)
[on completing filming on Skellig Michael, a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Kerry, for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)] Ireland you are wonderful! Love the country, love the people!
[on The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008)] When I saw The Dark Knight (2008) I just was amazed at what an original take that it was. I mean, he was joyless and was all but a heroin addict. It was tremendous. I mean, what an accomplishment! I've never seen such a Tom-centric performance since Hannibal Lecter where he creeped you out with that slithery tongue. I thought it was so original. Whether it was the screenwriter or Heath Ledger or Christopher Nolan or all three combined. It's like an alternate reality and that's as valid a Joker as anything that has ever been done. Mine is sort of old school comic book and that's fine but I just have to take my hat off to all of them. I thought they were fantastic.
[on Luke Skywalker turning evil] As an actor that would be more fun to play. I just thought that's the way it was going from when we finished. I figured that's what will be the pivotal moment. I'll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs and I'll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about. It's an old cornball movie, like World War II movies.
[on being cast as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (1992)] But to make a long story short, after doing that one episode, they called a few months later and said, "Would you be interested in auditioning for The Joker." And I thought, "Of course. I'll do that. I'll never get it, because my association with Luke Skywalker is going to preclude me from being considered." I remember the controversy when they cast Michael Keaton as Batman, just because he was a more comedic actor. So anyway, without having any fear that I was getting it, I went in and just let it rip. And I had been on the road and on Broadway doing Amadeus so long that I had an arsenal of giggles and laughs that I used for Mozart. That was one of the requirements of that role: It startled Salieri in the Viennese court that this man that was capable of writing this celestial music had a donkey bray of a laugh that was just so unsettling. It just didn't fit with who they thought he was. And I had to play around with that laugh a lot. When you do eight a week, just to keep it interesting I had a huge palette of different kinds of laughs. And the only reason I say all this is because later I said, "What got me the part, by the way?" And they said, "Oh, it was your laugh. It was your maniacal laugh that really sealed the deal."
(On the death of Carrie Fisher) It's never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was a one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all-whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny take-charge woman took our collective breath away. Determined and tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her and want her to succeed and be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional and personal life, and both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness and even the bratty self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks, Carrie. I love you.
[his eulogy for Carrie Fisher] we occupied a unique area in each other's lives. It was like we were in a garage band together that somehow hit it huge. We had no idea the impact Star Wars would have on the world. I remember we were out on tour right before the movie opened. By the time, we got to Chicago, there was a crowd at the airport. I said, hey look, you guys, there must be somebody famous on the plane. I was looking around to see who it might be. And then in the crowd I saw a kid dressed in a Han Solo vest. Then I saw girl dressed like Princess Leia. I said, oh my God, look, Carrie, there's somebody dressed just like you. She's got the buns on her head! The first time I met Carrie was at dinner in London before we started filming together. I had been the first one to go over to Africa with Sir Alec Guinness and the robots, to film all the desert planet stuff, then I came back to London and then Harrison Ford came over. Carrie was the last piece in the puzzle to come to London. So, I said to the production office, I'd like to meet her before we work together. They worked out that we'd meet for dinner. You know, she was 19 years old at the time. I was a worldly 24 years old. So, I was thinking, oh my God what it'll be like working with a high school kid. But I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid. I had just met her but it was like talking to a person you'd known for ten years. She was telling me stuff about her stepfather, about her mom, about Eddie Fisher, it was just harrowing in its detail. I kept thinking, Should I know this? I mean, I wouldn't have shared that with somebody that I had trusted for years and years and years. But she was the opposite. She just sucked you into her world. I was so middle class. Growing up, the closest thing to a celebrity we had was our next-door neighbor, who was a baggage handler who returned Jerry Lewis' wallet that fell on the tarmac in San Diego. But she was something completely different. She dropped out of high school to be in the chorus of Irene on Broadway. I was just in awe of her. She was so committed to joy and fun and embracing life. She had an Auntie Mame quality to her. I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor. I remember during Empire we were split up story wise; it was a difficult film to shoot and there was a lot of tension on the set. I was off in the swampland with the puppets and robots, but at least Carrie and Harrison got to work with human beings. Once at lunchtime she said, you should try on my jumpsuit. I said, The one-piece white jumpsuit? You're what, five foot two inches? I'll never get in! She said, just try it. I put on that Princess Leia zipper jump suit and it was so tight I looked like a Vegas lounge singer. If that wasn't ridiculous enough, she had me put on one of those bald cap masks with the Bozo hair and glasses and nose and then she walked me around the back lot. The lengths I would go to hear her laugh, there were no limits. I loved her and loved making her laugh. She would do these crazy things and make me do these crazy things, but I really don't think they were crazy after all. In a way, it was a defense mechanism for her. She was so off the wall, she could use it as protection. Part of what was so poignant about her was that she was vulnerable, that there was this glimmer of a little girl that was so appealing and it roused the protective nature in my personality. I'm grateful that we stayed friends and got to have this second act with the new movies. I think it was reassuring to her that I was there, the same person, that she could trust me, as critical as we could sometimes be with each other. We ran the gamut over the years, where we were in love with each other, where we hated each other's guts. I'm not speaking to you, you're such a judgmental, royal brat! We went through it all. It's like we were a family. When you were in her good graces, you couldn't have more fun with any person on the planet. She was able to make you feel like you were the most important thing in her life. I think that's a really rare quality. And then you could go 180 degrees opposite, where you were furious with one another and wouldn't speak for weeks and weeks. But that's all part of what makes a relationship complete. It's not all one sided. Like I say, she was a handful. She was high maintenance. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn't been the friend that she was.

Salary (1)

Star Wars (1977) $650,000

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