Mark Hamill


Actor
Mark Hamill

About

Also Known As
Mark Richard Hamill
Birth Place
Oakland, California, USA
Born
September 25, 1951

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Marilou Hamill
Wife

Biography

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, long before J.J. Abrams breathed new life into that universe with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015). 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.

Born on Sep. 25, 1951 in Oakland, CA, Hamill was raised by his father, William, a U.S. Navy captain, and his mother, Suzanne, a homemaker. Uprooted every few years with his six siblings, Hamill lived in New York, Virginia and eventually Japan. After graduating high school in 1969, he returned with his family to the States, where he attended Los Angeles City College as a Theater Arts major. In 1970, Hamill received his first professional gig on Andy Griffith's "Headmaster" (CBS, 1970-71), and shortly after, landed a recurring arc on daytime's "General Hospital" (ABC 1963- ), playing the troubled nephew of head nurse Jessie Brewer. Hamill's first foray into voiceover work came as the cartoon master to "Jeannie" (CBS, 1973-75). After a steady stream of guest star spots and a role as Linda Blair's boyfriend in the TV movie "Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic" (NBC, 1975), Hamill landed a gig on the comedy series "The Texas Wheeler" (ABC, 1974-75) as a motherless son who takes care of his siblings. Additional voice work came with "Fred Flintstone and Friends" (syndicated, 1977) and "Wizards (1977), a futuristic, animated feature. Hamill then landed the part of Dick Van Patten's eldest son for the pilot episode of "Eight is Enough" (ABC, 1977-1981), only to have his life spin in an entirely new direction.

Director George Lucas was looking to cast an actor for the character Luke Starkiller - the original name of Luke Skywalker - a young intergalactic fighter pilot who dreams of leaving home to fight the Empire in "Star Wars" (1977). Although Lucas had read many name actors, he preferred to cast newer faces, which would include Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Feeling he had the perfect chemistry with these three actors, Hamill was cast as the film's lead. "Star Wars" ultimately whisked Hamill across the world for a harried and exhausting shoot where most involved felt that it would never be a success. Despite the problems and pressures of the production, Hamill remained one of few who believed in the project. On the way to film his last scenes for the movie, however, Hamill was in a car accident in Los Angeles that fractured his nose and was rushed to a reconstructive surgeon. The injury forced Lucas to use a double in the Landspeeder scenes that were scheduled to be shot. After the gigantic success of "Star Wars," Hamill's next vehicle was the coming-of-age drama, "Corvette Summer" (1978), and "The Star Wars Holiday Special" (CBS, 1978). Following "Star Wars," subsequent roles failed to follow, though appearances in magazines and on talk shows kept him busy as a top pin-up favorite of young girls.

The principle filming on "Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," (1980), was over 170 days and again took Hamill clear around the world to England and Norway. Additional dialogue was added, which explained Luke's battle with a Wampa creature, and the resulting scarring on his face - all done to service the fact that Hamill did look differently from one film to the next. "TESB" had the biggest box office totals of the year, won a score of awards, including a Saturn Award for Hamill as Best Actor. Also that year, Hamill appeared in Samuel Fuller's World War II drama "The Big Red One" (1980), as an immature and fragile recruit in the charge of Lee Marvin. The movie won over critics and was a hopeful step in breaking Hamill away from Skywalker. After a turn as a state trooper who falls for Kristy McNichol in "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (1981), he made his Broadway debut as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man," which sparked other turns to the stage for refuge. Next up was the third in the trilogy, "Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983), again the largest film of that year, though it paled in comparison to the previous two, quality-wise. But none of his other screen work did much to shed his Skywalker alter ego, leading Hamill to again return to the theater. He went on to play Mozart in "Amadeus" and Tony Hart - a role he originated - in "Harrigan n' Hart," which earned him a 1984-85 Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Hamill was elated with the recognition, and saw the role as one of the biggest triumphs of his career.

Despite an occasional guest star, cameo or voice job, Hamill struggled to find acting work. Along with his wife Marilou, he parlayed his appeal in their work for several children's charities including Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Children Helping Poor and Homeless Children and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hamill moved over to regular voiceover work as The Joker on the Emmy-winning "Batman: The Animated Series (Fox, 1992-95), a role he earned after voicing another villain for the show. As a lifelong comic book collector, the opportunity to perfect The Joker's laugh was a dream come true for Hamill, and his portrayal was so well received that he went on to voice The Joker in the theatrical release "Batman: Mask of Phantasm" (1993), as well as on other television series like "Superman" (The WB, 1996-2000), and "The Justice League" (Cartoon Network, 2001-06). Hamill next moved his vocal talent to the world of video games with "Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994), and made a brief move back to live action in John Carpenter's remake of "Village of the Damned" (1995) as the reverend of a doomed village. He returned to video games with the spin-off "Wing Commander" video games as well as its animated series "Wing Commander Academy," (USA Network, 1996).

Hamill found a balance between the worlds of animation, video games and occasional live action roles, such as the father of the lead in "Thank you, Goodnight," (2001) a music-driven indie film, and in Kevin Smith's adventure comedy "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." (2001). Hamill also directed and starred in the mockumentary "Comic Book: The Movie" (2004), as a history teacher-comic collector thrust into the world of a comic book conference. Hamill also kept company with SpongeBob, Scooby-Doo, Spiderman, Bart Simpson and Woody Woodpecker, and voiced various characters on "Metalocalypse" (Adult Swim, 2006-12), the animated heavy metal series. Hamill won more devotees for his reprisal of The Joker in the video game "Batman: Arkham Asylum" (2009) and its sequel "Batman: Arkham Asylum II" (2010), while making an anticipated return in front of the cameras with Minkow" (2010), the true story of Barry Minkow, a convicted young entrepreneur-turned-religious leader who bilked investors out of $100 million. Meanwhile, he returned to the world of animation to voice a character on "Transformers: Prime" (The Hub, 2010-13).

Breaking away from doing voiceover work, Hamill had a live action role as a malicious thief named Jean Claude in a 2011 episode of the spy comedy series "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-2012). Back on the big screen, he had a supporting role as Underworld dweller Tantalus in the blockbuster sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" (2013). Prior to the release of that film, Hamill - along with former "Star Wars" co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher - were the subject of endless rumors and speculation that they would at long last reprise their famed characters for the film which went into development after George Lucas sold his stake in Lucasfilm to Walt Disney Studios. With J.J. Abrams signed to direct, those rumors were all but confirmed in early March 2013, and Hamill returned as Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015). That same year, Hamill appeared on "The Flash" (CW 2014- ) as James Jesse, aka The Trickster.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Child's Play (2019)
Voice
Star Wars: Episode IX (2019)
Lucky (2019)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Brigsby Bear (2017)
Bunyan & Babe (2017)
Voice
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
The Joker
Lego: Justice League Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015)
The Trickster
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Regular Show: The Movie (2015)
Skips
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness (2015)
Zip Elvin
Virtually Heroes (2013)
Sushi Girl (2013)
A Fuller Life (2013)
Himself
Back To The Sea (2012)
Voice
Airborne (2012)
Quantum Quest (2012)
Voice
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010)
Babyface Boretti
Battle for Terra (2008)
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (2006)
Voice
Queer Duck: The Movie (2006)
Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2005)
Skull
The Big Red One: The Reconstruction (2005)
Cast
Reeseville (2004)
Zeek
Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Cocknocker
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil Mists (2000)
Voice
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
Voice Of Judah
Laserhawk (2000)
Bob Sheridan
Hamilton (1998)
Watchers Reborn (1998)
Village of the Damned (1995)
Wing Commander III: The Heart of the Tiger (1995)
Silk Degrees (1994)
Johnson
The Raffle (1994)
John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (1993)
Time Runner (1993)
Michael Raynor
The Guyver (1992)
Max
Midnight Ride (1992)
Earth Angel (1991)
Wayne Stein
Black Magic Woman (1991)
Brad Travis
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1991)
Conrad
Slipstream (1989)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Voice
Britannia Hospital (1983)
Red
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Breathless (1980)
Griff
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One (1979)
Himself
Corvette Summer (1978)
Wizards (1977)
Voice Of Sean
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
The City (1977)
Eugene Banks
Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence (1976)
Eric (1975)
Paul Swenson
Sarah T. -- Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)
Delancey Street: The Crisis Within (1975)

Producer (Feature Film)

Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
Producer
Watchers Reborn (1998)
Co-Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One (1979)
Other

Cast (Special)

Codename Kids Next Door: Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S. (2007)
Stickybeard
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2003)
Presenter
Lee Marvin: Hollywood's Straight Shooter (2001)
Aztecs: Inside the Hidden Empire (2000)
Narrator
Seeking Noah's Flood (1999)
Narrator
Politically Incorrect After Party Presented By Pepsi (1999)
Hollywood Aliens and Monsters: A Century of Science-Fiction Cinema (1997)
Unnatural History: Mythical Beasts and Monsters (1997)
Host
Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery (1997)
UFO's and Alien Encounters (1996)
Narration
Miss Howard Stern New Year's Eve Pageant (1993)
Commander Toad in Space (1993)
Voice Of The Admiral
The 41st Annual Tony Awards (1987)
Performer
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Special (1977)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Ferret and Parrot (2001)
Voice
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000)
Voice
Walking Across Egypt (2000)
Night of the Headless Horseman (1999)
Voice
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
Voice
When Time Expires (1997)
The Magic Flute (1994)
Voice

Life Events

1970

Made TV acting debut on "The Bill Cosby Show"

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

Portrayed Ken Newkirk in Richard Donner's "Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic," starring Linda Blair

1975

Made TV movie debut in NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production "Eric"

1976

Played recurring role on early seasons of "One Day at a Time"

1977

Played David Bradford on pilot episode of "Eight Is Enough"; succeeded in role by Grant Goodeve

1977

Breakthrough screen role in debut feature, played hero Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' classic "Star Wars"

1977

Made voiceover debut in animated feature "Wizards"

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

Returned to Broadway playing Mozart in "Amadeus"

1983

Again played Luke for second sequel "Return of the Jedi," directed by Richard Marquand

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 "Batman: The Animated Series"

1993

Acted in "Eye" segment of "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags" (Showtime)

1993

Provided voice of the Admiral for "Commander Toad in Space, an episode of "ABC Weekend Specials" combining live action and puppetry

1993

Reprised Joker for animated feature "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm"

1994

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

2015

Had best-in-career Joker performance in "Batman: Arkham Knight" video game

2015

Returned as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

2016

Reprised Joker yet again in the poorly received animated adaptation "Batman: The Killing Joke"

2017

Narrated the sci-fi anthology series "Dimension 404"

2017

Had a starring role as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

2018

Appeared in crime drama "Con Man"

2018

Guested as himself on "The Big Bang Theory"

2018

Voiced Megatronus on "Transformers: Power of the Primes"

Photo Collections

Star Wars - Lobby Card Set
Star Wars - Lobby Card Set

Videos

Movie Clip

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - Open, A Long Time Ago Opening in which we meet only C3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker, voice by Ben Burtt et al), following the famous prologue, from George Lucas’ 1977 landmark, re-titled upon release of the first sequel, Star Wars: A New Hope, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - The Dark Side Of The Force Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his salvage robots (Anthony Daniels as C3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2) have been rescued from nasty Sand People by Old Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), the “crazy old hermit” he thought the might be target of an odd message (recorded by Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, about whom Luke knows nothing), in George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - Can You Speak Bocce? Carrying a message from secret rebel leader Princess Leia, the vagabond droids (Anthony Daniels as C3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2) meet space salvage dealers Owen and Beru (Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser) and their nephew Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), early in George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - Disturbance In The Force Probably underestimating her foe’s depravity, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) causes Tarkin (Peter Cushing) to unleash the death star, which rattles Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness), on board the Millenium Falcon with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), in George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977.
Corvette Summer (1978) - We Found Our Car! Delightful opening from producer, director and co-writers Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins, Mark Hamill known then only as “Luke Skywalker,” and company, with their auto-shop teacher (Eugene Roche), finding their project car at an LA junkyard, in Corvette Summer, 1978.
Corvette Summer (1978) - Hasta La Vista Joining a friendly conversation between hero Kenny (Mark Hamill) and a low-rider (Isaac Ruiz Jr.), who’s offered a lift en route to Vegas to regain his stolen ride, then picked up by co-star Annie Potts, her first scene, as Vanessa, in Corvette Summer, 1978.
Corvette Summer (1978) - This Is A Field Trip Unveiling the car rebuilt by the advanced auto shop class at fictional LA-area MacArthur High, taking it out to cruise on Van Nuys Blvd., Mark Hamill as Kenny, class genius, Eugene Roche their teacher, Albert Insinnia as Ricci, Danny Bonaduce as goofy “Kootz,” in Corvette Summer, 1978.

Trailer

Family

Griffin Tobias Hamill
Son
Born in March 1983.
Chelsea Elizabeth Hamill
Daughter
Born in July 1988.
Nathan Elias Hamill
Son
Born c. 1989.

Companions

Marilou Hamill
Wife

Bibliography