Mark Richard Hamill, born on September 25, 1951, is an American actor and voice artist, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” film series, which won him three Saturn Awards for the role. His other movies include “The Big Red One” in 1980 and Corvette “Summer” in 1978. In addition, Hamill is well-known for playing the “Joker” in several D.C. Comics productions, starting with “Batman: The Animated Series” from 1992 to 1994. He provided the Hobgoblin’s voice in “Spider-Man” for four years, from 1994 to 1998, “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and “Regular Show” for seven years, from 2010 to 2017. Celebrate his big day with us right here.
Mark Richard Hamill
September 25, 1951
Mark Hamill was born on September 25, 1951, in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne and U.S. Navy Captain William Thomas Hamill. One of seven children, four sisters, Terry, Jan, Jeanie, and Kim, and two brothers, Will and Patrick. His mother was half Swedish and half English, while his father is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent. At the Los Angeles City College, where he studied theatre, he made his acting debut in 1969 on “The Bill Cosby Show.” Later, in 1963, he co-starred in the comedy series “The Texas Wheelers.” In 1964, he played Kent Murray in a recurring role on the soap opera “General Hospital.”
When “Star Wars” was released on May 25, 1977, it became a tremendous and unexpected hit that significantly impacted the movie business. Additionally, Hamill appeared in 1978’s “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” In the popular prequels “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” in 1983, he went on to play the lead role. The Saturn Award for ‘Best Actor’ went to Hamill for both sequels. The 1981 radio adaptation of “Star Wars” and the 1983 radio adaptation of “The Empire Strikes Back” featured a reprise of the Luke Skywalker character. He also has a role in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” from 2017.
In the 1970s, Hamill made his voice acting debut as Corey Anders on the Saturday morning program “Jeannie.” After that, he provided the voice of Sean for Ralph Bakshi’s 1977 picture “Wizards,” which was released just three months before “Star Wars.” His most famous contribution was the 1992–1994 “Batman” television series when he voiced the ‘Joker,’ Batman’s archrival. As Brad Dourif’s replacement, Hamill, voiced the new “Chucky in Child’s Play” in 2019. He gained fame for his portrayal of ‘Joker’ in D.C. Comics, and as a result of this popularity, he went on to play several other characters, many of which were supervillains, in movies, television shows, anime, and video games.
Hamill plays the role of Luke Skywalker in the first “Star Wars” movie, which earns him three Saturn Awards and other film opportunities.
The actor receives his first Saturn Award in the category of ‘Best Actor’ for "The Empire Strikes Back.”
Hamill becomes incredibly well-known for his long-running portrayal of the Joker in various D.C. Comics, beginning with "Batman: The Animated Series.”
After years of contribution, the entertainment industry awards Hamill the Inkpot Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement.’
Why We Love Mark Hamill
His heartwarming acts
Hamill reached out to a critically ill child. The youngster could no longer distinguish between fantasy and reality because of the decline in his mental capacity. The actor spent hours responding to the fan's inquiries about Luke Skywalker since he thought the character to be a genuine person.
He is serious about perfecting his craft
Hamill took training to perfect his lightsaber skills. He worked with former Olympic fencer Bob Anderson while filming for "Star Wars."
He is a talented writer, a great actor, a voice actor, and a producer. He co-wrote the Dark Horse Comics comic book miniseries "The Black Pearl." Additionally, he has authored several stories for "The Simpsons Comics." He also wrote "Animation on D.V.D.: The Ultimate Guideforeword.”
5 Surprising Facts About Hamill
He was in a car accident
On January 11, 1977, he was involved in a car accident just before filming began on one of the scenes for "Star Wars."
He’s a democrat
Hamill, an outspoken Democrat, supported P.G. Sittenfeld in the 2016 race for the Ohio Senate and read out in his ‘Joker’ voice criticisms of Donald Trump's tweets.
His children also enjoy acting
All three of Hamill’s children have acted as resistance fighters in the movie "The Last Jedi.”.
He’s into science
Since childhood, he has been interested in science, and in December 2017, he became an affiliate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He performed his own stunts
He performed most of his stunts during the 1980 filming of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.”.
Mark Hamill FAQs
Does Mark Hamill have a family?
Yes. He and his wife Marilou York have been married since 1978 and they have three children — Nathan Elias, born in June 1979, Griffin Tobias, born in March 1983, and Chelsea Elizabeth, born in July 1988.
Are Mark Hamill and Sebastian Stan related?
No. However, Stan looks up to Hamill and has said he is like a father to him.
How much was Mark Hamill paid for “Star Wars?”
He was paid $650,000, which is around $2.5 million today.
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