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Also Known As: Mark Richard Hamill Died:
Born: September 25, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, producer

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While most artists strove to hone a single craft and spend their lives inhabiting that one world, actor Mark Hamill navigated a universe that went from feature films to television and voiceovers for video games. Most significantly, Hamill portrayed one of the most identifiable characters in film and pop culture history, Luke Skywalker, the farm boy-turned-Jedi Knight in "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Despite the enormity of the "Star Wars" trilogy and its place in cinema history, Hamill's later film career faltered, only for him to reemerge to breathe life into various animated characters. Because "Star Wars" creator George Lucas spun the films off into comic books, animated series and video games, Hamill was assured work reprising Skywalker for years. On the stage, he had a critically praised turn in "The Elephant Man," "Amadeus" and "Harrigan n' Hart." But it was his return to his original love of comic books that saw him voice scores of characters for film, television, and video games, most notably Skywalker and The Joker on "Batman: The Animated Series" (Fox, 1992-95). Though he branched out into multiple mediums, Hamill remained an icon for...

While most artists strove to hone a single craft and spend their lives inhabiting that one world, actor Mark Hamill navigated a universe that went from feature films to television and voiceovers for video games. Most significantly, Hamill portrayed one of the most identifiable characters in film and pop culture history, Luke Skywalker, the farm boy-turned-Jedi Knight in "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Despite the enormity of the "Star Wars" trilogy and its place in cinema history, Hamill's later film career faltered, only for him to reemerge to breathe life into various animated characters. Because "Star Wars" creator George Lucas spun the films off into comic books, animated series and video games, Hamill was assured work reprising Skywalker for years. On the stage, he had a critically praised turn in "The Elephant Man," "Amadeus" and "Harrigan n' Hart." But it was his return to his original love of comic books that saw him voice scores of characters for film, television, and video games, most notably Skywalker and The Joker on "Batman: The Animated Series" (Fox, 1992-95). Though he branched out into multiple mediums, Hamill remained an icon for portraying a single character in arguably the biggest trilogy in cinema history.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Comic Book: The Movie (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Fuller Life, A (2014)
3.
 Virtually Heroes (2013)
4.
 Sushi Girl (2013)
5.
 Back To The Sea (2012)
6.
 Quantum Quest (2012)
7.
 Airborne (2012)
8.
 Battle for Terra (2007)
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Grew up in California, Virginia, New York, and Japan
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Spotted by an agent while appearing in the play "Anthems"
1970:
TV acting debut, "The Bill Cosby Show" (NBC)
1972:
Played recurring character of Nurse Jessie Brewer's teenaged nephew on ABC daytime drama "General Hospital"
1974:
Made primetime series debut as teenager Doobie Wheeler on short-lived ABC sitcom "The Texas Wheelers"
1975:
Made TV movie debut in NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production "Eric"
1975:
Portrayed Ken Newkirk in Richard Donner's "Sarah T. ¿ Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic" (NBC), starring Linda Blair
1976:
Played recurring role on early seasons of "One Day at a Time" (CBS)
1977:
Played David Bradford on pilot episode of "Eight Is Enough" (ABC); succeeded in role by Grant Goodeve
1977:
Made voiceover debut in animated feature "Wizards"
1977:
Breakthrough screen role in debut feature, played hero Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' classic "Star Wars"
1977:
Car accident disfigured face which, despite reconstructive surgery, remained altered
1980:
Reprised role of Luke Skywalker role for sequel "The Empire Strikes Back," directed by Irvin Kershner
1981:
Made Broadway debut as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man"
1983:
Again played Luke for second sequel "The Return of the Jedi," directed by Richard Marquand
1983:
Returned to Broadway playing Mozart in "Amadeus"
1985:
Stage musical debut, singing and dancing in short-lived Broadway production "Harrigan 'n' Hart"
1986:
Starred in off-Broadway revival of "Room Service," directed by Alan Arkin
1987:
Had title role in Broadway production of "The Nerd"
1989:
Returned to big screen after six-year absence, playing a vicious bounty hunter in "Slipstream," a futuristic thriller released theatrically internationally but direct-to-video in the U.S.
1991:
Played nasty villain The Trickster on two episodes of CBS series "The Flash"
1992:
Voiced the Joker for Fox animated series "The Adventures of Batman and Robin"
1993:
Reprised voicing the Joker for animated feature "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm"
1993:
Provided voice of the Admiral for "Commander Toad in Space,, an episode of "ABC Weekend Specials" combining live action and puppetry
1993:
Acted in "Eye" segment of "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags" (Showtime)
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Starred in CD-ROM "Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger"; had previously acted in the interactive game "Gabriel Knight"
1995:
Reteamed with Carpenter for feature remake of "Village of the Damned"
1996:
Co-wrote limited series comic book <i>The Black Pearl</i>
1997:
Played Richard Greico's time-traveling friend in Showtime movie "When Time Expires"
1998:
Portrayed the villain in "Hamilton," based on two Jan Guillou novels about Swedish super-agent Carl Hamilton (Peter Stormare)
1998:
Co-produced and acted in "Watchers Reborn"
2004:
Made directorial debut with "Comic Book: The Movie"; also starred
2013:
Made franchise return in "Star Wars: Episode VII," confirmed by George Lucas
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Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

On acting in front of a green screen: "I came the week of preproduction before we actually started shooting ['Wing Commander III'] to look at all the toys. I walked on the set, and there was that big green screen, and I immediately flashed back to Jabba's palace [in 'Return of the Jedi'] and George [Lucas] saying 'In about 10 years, these kinds of movies will be prohibitively expensive. What we wanted to do [was] build Jabba's palace puppet sized, put it next door and have you guys all on blue screen to put you in the palace later. It'll save millions.'

"I thought about that, and I jokingly said, 'Good, George. You're going to make it even harder on the actors. Already, we're looking at a piece of tape for our planet exploding. Now you're going to take away the set and the props? You're getting one step further remonved from reality. What's next, blue body stockings so you can mat in a new [pair of] trousers?'"

"And here I was, just over 10 years later, doing exactly the things he predicted. You're climbing ladders that lead to nowhere, yet you look down at the monitor, and you've got your ship right there. It's the very essence of what actors do. We pretend." --Mark Hamill in CINESCAPE, October 1994

About being a CD-ROM star: "I kind of emabarrass [my kids]. They'll be playing 'Wing Commander' and all of a sudden their dad shows up on screen." --Hamill in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 13, 1995

"My kids run me ragged, so that's where I get my exercise--I don't have a real regimen. Also, I don't agree that I haven't aged. It's like when people say to me, 'I can't believe you haven't seen "Star Wars" since it first came out.' I say, 'You ever look at your old high school yearbook? Ewww. How could I ever leave the house with my hair looking like that?!'" --Mark Hamill quoted in CINEFANTASTIQUE, March 1997

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wife:
Marilou Hamill.

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son:
Griffin Tobias Hamill. Born in March 1983.
daughter:
Chelsea Elizabeth Hamill. Born in July 1988.
son:
Nathan Elias Hamill. Born c. 1989.

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