Mark Richard Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne (Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, a captain in the United States Navy. He grew up in California, Virginia, New York and Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College and made his acting debut on The Bill Cosby Sh...
Born on September 25, 1951
Oakland, California, USA
Height 1.75m / 5' 9"
Mark Richard Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne (Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, a captain in the United States Navy. He grew up in California, Virginia, New York and Japan. 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: 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). 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 on Batman: The Animated Series (1992).Read More
The voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series
Geeky/Nerdy personality to his fans.
Ability to change his voice, and be unrecognizable in a variety of animated roles
Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films
Father of Nathan Hamill (b. 25 June 1979), Griffin Hamill (b. 4 March 1983) and Chelsea Hamill (b. 27 July 1988).
Auditioned for the comedy-drama film American Graffiti (1973).
Is the fourth of seven children.
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.
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 accidentally hit Peter Stormare during a fight scene in Commander Hamilton (1998).
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.
Hamill met his wife, Mary Lou York, when she was his dental hygienist.
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.
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).
I have a sneaking suspicion that if there were a way to make movies without actors, George (Lucas) would do it.
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'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 think theater has given me the opportunity to show what a character actor I can be.
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.
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.'
You know how there are some stars out there who know how to market themselves? I don't have that.
The idea of The Force is basically "Religion's Greatest Hits".
"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.
Acting in "Star Wars", I felt like a raisin in a giant fruit salad, and I didn't even know who the cantaloupes were.
|Marilou York||December 17, 1978 - present||(3 children)|
|Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope||$ 650,000|
|The Merv Griffin Show||Himself(1episode,1977)|
|The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Himself(1episode,1977)|
|The Bill Cosby Show||Henry(1episode,1970)|
|The Partridge Family||Jerry(1episode,1971)|
|Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law||PeteHamilton/...(2episodes,1972-1973)|
|The New Scooby-Doo Movies||Announcer/...(3episodes,1973)|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Andrew'Andy'Turner/...(2episodes,1975-1977)|
|The Texas Wheelers||DoobieWheeler(8episodes,1974-1975)|
|Good Morning America||Himself(1episode,1978)|
|Saturday Night Live||Himself(uncredited)(1episode,1997)|
|The Muppet Show||Himself-SpecialGuestStar/...(1episode,1980)|
|ABC Weekend Specials||PrinceTamino/...(2episodes,1993-1994)|
|Eight Is Enough||DavidBradford(1episode,1977)|
|Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope||LukeSkywalker|
|Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back||LukeSkywalker|
|Late Night with David Letterman||Himself(1episode,1983)|
|Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi||LukeSkywalker|
|Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||MayorofPejite(voice)|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||DannyCarlyle(1episode,1987)|
|Castle in the Sky||Muska(voice)|
|Garfield and Friends||Curdman/...(1episode,1994)|
|The Legend of Prince Valiant||KingWeldon(1episode,1992)|
|The Ren & Stimpy Show||Mr.Noggin(1episode,1995)|
|Black Magic Woman||BradTravis|
|The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster||JamesJesse/TheTrickster(archivefootage)|
|Une image de trop||JoshPayton|
|Batman: The Animated Series||TheJoker/...(15episodes,1992-1994)|
|The Little Mermaid||HansChristianAnderson/...(2episodes,1993)|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Himself-'Jaywalking'Participant(1episode,2013)|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Himself(2episodes,1994-1997)|
|Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||TheJoker(voice)|
|Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Himself(1episode,1997)|
|Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger||Col.ChristopherBlair|
|The Outer Limits||Dr.SamStein(1episode,1996)|
|Pinky and the Brain||JimmyJoeJr.(1episode,1997)|
|What a Mess||(3episodes,1995)|
|Village of the Damned||ReverendGeorge|
|3rd Rock from the Sun||Himself(1episode,1997)|
|Bruno the Kid||Harris(unknownepisodes)|
|The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||EzraHazzard/...(2episodes,1996)|
|The Daily Show||Himself(1episode,1997)|
|The Incredible Hulk||Gargoyle/...(11episodes,1996-1997)|
|The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Eldoradoan/...(3episodes,1996-1997)|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Himself(1episode,1997)|
|Wing Commander Academy||Christopher'Maverick'Blair(13episodes,1996)|
|The New Batman Adventures||TheJoker/...(5episodes,1997-1999)|
|Cow and Chicken||Vet/...(1episode,1998)|
|Just Shoot Me!||MarkHamill(1episode,1998)|
|Wing Commander: Prophecy||CommodoreChristopher'Maverick'Blair|
|The Legend of Calamity Jane||AdditionalVoices(13episodes,1997)|
|Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron||Burke/...(7episodes,1993-1994)|
|Men in Black: The Series||(1episode,1998)|
|Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists||CaptainoftheGuard(voice)|
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