Mark Hamill

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"

Biography

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

Known For

TradeMarks

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

Trivia

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).

Quotes

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.

Spouses

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

Salaries

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  $ 650,000

Filmography

Today Today Himself(2episodes,1977)
Insight Insight Steve(1episode,1974)
The Merv Griffin Show The Merv Griffin Show Himself(1episode,1977)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself(1episode,1977)
General Hospital General Hospital KentMurray(1972-1973)(unknownepisodes)
The F.B.I. The F.B.I. MichaelNabors(1episode,1972)
The Bill Cosby Show The Bill Cosby Show Henry(1episode,1970)
Medical Center Medical Center Danny(1episode,1976)
Room 222 Room 222 MattEvans(1episode,1973)
Headmaster Headmaster Allan(1episode,1970)
Night Gallery Night Gallery Francis,MessengerBoy(segment"ThereAren'tAnyMoreMacBanes")(1episode,1972)
The Partridge Family The Partridge Family Jerry(1episode,1971)
Cannon Cannon FarmBoy(1episode,1971)
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law PeteHamilton/...(2episodes,1972-1973)
The New Scooby-Doo Movies The New Scooby-Doo Movies Announcer/...(3episodes,1973)
The Streets of San Francisco The Streets of San Francisco Andrew'Andy'Turner/...(2episodes,1975-1977)
Jeannie Jeannie CoreyAnders(16episodes,1973)
The Magician The Magician IanKeefer(1episode,1973)
Dinah! Dinah! Himself(2episodes,1977)
Lucas Tanner Lucas Tanner CraigStanton(1episode,1975)
The Manhunter The Manhunter Mark(1episode,1974)
Petrocelli Petrocelli DavidMitchell/...(2episodes,1975)
The Texas Wheelers The Texas Wheelers DoobieWheeler(8episodes,1974-1975)
Bronk Bronk KevinBossick(1episode,1975)
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself(1episode,1978)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself(uncredited)(1episode,1997)
Eric  Eric  PaulSwensen
The Muppet Show The Muppet Show Himself-SpecialGuestStar/...(1episode,1980)
ABC Weekend Specials ABC Weekend Specials PrinceTamino/...(2episodes,1993-1994)
Eight Is Enough Eight Is Enough DavidBradford(1episode,1977)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  LukeSkywalker
America 2-Night America 2-Night Himself(1episode,1978)
Fridays Fridays Himself-Host(1episode,1981)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  LukeSkywalker
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(8episodes,2014-2015)
Late Night with David Letterman Late Night with David Letterman Himself(1episode,1983)
Nature Nature Narrator(1episode,2003)
Britannia Hospital  Britannia Hospital  Red:TheMedia
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  LukeSkywalker
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind  MayorofPejite(voice)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents DannyCarlyle(1episode,1987)
Amazing Stories Amazing Stories Jonathan(1episode,1986)
Castle in the Sky  Castle in the Sky  Muska(voice)
Biography Biography Himself(1episode,2003)
Garfield and Friends Garfield and Friends Curdman/...(1episode,1994)
The Simpsons The Simpsons Himself/...(1episode,1998)
Slipstream  Slipstream  Tasker
The Flash The Flash TheTrickster(2episodes,1991)
The Legend of Prince Valiant The Legend of Prince Valiant KingWeldon(1episode,1992)
The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show Mr.Noggin(1episode,1995)
Black Magic Woman  Black Magic Woman  BradTravis
Earth Angel  Earth Angel  WayneStein
The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster  The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster  JamesJesse/TheTrickster(archivefootage)
Guyver  Guyver  MaxReed
Une image de trop  Une image de trop  JoshPayton
Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series TheJoker/...(15episodes,1992-1994)
The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid HansChristianAnderson/...(2episodes,1993)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-'Jaywalking'Participant(1episode,2013)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself(2episodes,1994-1997)
SeaQuest 2032 SeaQuest 2032 TobiasLeConte(2episodes,1995)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm  Batman: Mask of the Phantasm  TheJoker(voice)
Body Bags  Body Bags  BrentMatthews(segment"Eye")
Burke's Law Burke's Law SimontheSorcerer(1episode,1994)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself(1episode,1997)
Phantom 2040 Phantom 2040 Dr.Jak(21episodes,1994-1995)
Silk Degrees  Silk Degrees  Johnson
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger  Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger  Col.ChristopherBlair
Freakazoid! Freakazoid! Himself(1episode,1995)
MADtv MADtv Mr.Swan(2episodes,1998-2000)
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits Dr.SamStein(1episode,1996)
Pinky and the Brain Pinky and the Brain JimmyJoeJr.(1episode,1997)
Spider-Man Spider-Man Hobgoblin/...(8episodes,1995-1998)
The Tick The Tick JuliusPendecker(1episode,1996)
What a Mess What a Mess (3episodes,1995)
The Raffle  The Raffle  BernardWallace
Village of the Damned  Village of the Damned  ReverendGeorge
3rd Rock from the Sun 3rd Rock from the Sun Himself(1episode,1997)
Bruno the Kid Bruno the Kid Harris(unknownepisodes)
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper EzraHazzard/...(2episodes,1996)
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself(1episode,1997)
Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory MagicUncleFergelO'Reilly(1episode,2002)
Hey Arnold! Hey Arnold! HomelessMan/...(1episode,1996)
The Incredible Hulk The Incredible Hulk Gargoyle/...(11episodes,1996-1997)
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Eldoradoan/...(3episodes,1996-1997)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself(1episode,1997)
Space Cases Space Cases FernaHerna(1episode,1996)
Superman Superman TheJoker(3episodes,1997)
Wing Commander Academy Wing Commander Academy Christopher'Maverick'Blair(13episodes,1996)
The New Batman Adventures The New Batman Adventures TheJoker/...(5episodes,1997-1999)
Cow and Chicken Cow and Chicken Vet/...(1episode,1998)
Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo Boy/...(8episodes,1997-2004)
Just Shoot Me! Just Shoot Me! MarkHamill(1episode,1998)
Commander Hamilton  Commander Hamilton  Hawkins
Wing Commander: Prophecy  Wing Commander: Prophecy  CommodoreChristopher'Maverick'Blair
The Legend of Calamity Jane The Legend of Calamity Jane AdditionalVoices(13episodes,1997)
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron Burke/...(7episodes,1993-1994)
Men in Black: The Series Men in Black: The Series (1episode,1998)
Pepper Ann Pepper Ann Himself/...(4episodes,1998-2000)
Wing Commander  Wing Commander  Merlin(voice)(as?)
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists  Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists  CaptainoftheGuard(voice)
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