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||Mark Richard Hamill
September 25, 1951
||Actor, voice actor, producer, director, writer
||Marilou York (1978–present)
Early life and education
Hamill was born and raised in Oakland, California
, the son of Virginia Suzanne (née
Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, who was a captain in the U.S. Navy. .^ Some sources list two unissued titles "The Last One" (Children's Dance) and "From The Tower."
As a child, his father's career meant numerous relocations, and he attended different schools throughout his childhood. In his elementary years he went to Poe Middle School, then for 10th grade, he attended Annandale High School
located in Annandale, Virginia
, but eventually ended up graduating from Nile C. Kinnick High School
located in Yokosuka, Japan
. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College
In 1977, Hamill starred as Luke Skywalker
in George Lucas
' epic space saga Star Wars
. The film was an enormous and unexpected success and became revolutionary for the film industry. Hamill also appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special
(1978) and later starred in the successful Star Wars
sequels The Empire Strikes Back
(1980) and Return of the Jedi
For his portrayal of Luke Skywalker, Hamill was twice honored with the Saturn Award for Best Actor
(given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
), for his performance in both sequels.
George Lucas was rumored to have asked Hamill to reprise the role of Luke Skywalker in a Star Wars sequel trilogy
as an Obi-Wan Kenobi
-type character who passes the torch to the next generation of Jedi
Knights. Lucas later dismissed it as nothing more than an off-hand comment.
On January 11, 1977, a day before he was set to shoot one of the final scenes needed for Star Wars
, Hamill was in a car accident in which he fractured his nose and left cheekbone.
According to Star Wars
producer Gary Kurtz
, Hamill was in surgery from 9 AM until 4 PM. As a result of the accident, a double was used for the landspeeder
Live action and stage work
After the success of Star Wars
, Hamill found that audiences identified him very closely with the role of Luke Skywalker. He attempted to avoid typecasting
by appearing in Corvette Summer
and the better-known World War II
film The Big Red One
. As the 1980s wore on, Hamill did little film work outside of Star Wars
. Instead, he acted on Broadway, starring in Amadeus
, The Elephant Man
, Harrigan and Hart
(for which he received a Drama Desk Award
nomination) and other stage plays, for which he received positive reviews.
In live-action television, Hamill had recurring roles in General Hospital
and The Texas Wheelers
(both pre-Star Wars
), and he appeared as The Trickster
in the live-action television series of The Flash
, a role he would later reprise in the animated series Justice League Unlimited
. He has made cameo appearances on MADtv
(where he played the estranged father of Ms. Swan
), and appeared on Saturday Night Live
(playing himself being sold on a Star Wars
themed home shopping
Hamill appeared on an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun
, playing Luke Skywalker during one of the scenes. He appeared on an episode of Just Shoot Me!
He also had a guest spot on The Muppet Show
as both himself and his "cousin" Luke Skywalker, along with C-3PO
. In 1986, he appeared in an episode of the TV series The Amazing Stories
("Gather Ye Acorns") in the role of Jonathan, who is advised by "Mother Nature's only son" to not discard his childhood belongings, which causes him trouble during his adult life. As he grows older, he is able to auction off his belongings as memorabilia, becoming wealthy in the process. He also had a recurring role as Tobias LeConte
on seaQuest DSV.
Hamill appeared as Cock-Knocker in the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
. He also parodies Luke Skywalker in a "bong saber
" duel with Jay and Silent Bob
in which he says, "Don't fuck with the Jedi Master
, son." When his large, fake right hand prop is cut off in the film's duel, he sighs, looks at the camera and says, "Not again." .^ Red CD: 123 275 — Together Again For The First Time (1998) .
He also provides the voice of Scooby-Doo
in the scene which parodies the animated show, where Scooby says "Hi, Ray and Rirent Rob".
Hamill also directed and starred in the 2004 direct-to-DVD Comic Book: The Movie
. A comic book fan who attended sci-fi and comic conventions before he became famous, Hamill claimed that his character was based on an exaggerated version of himself. He and his crew shot most of the "mockumentary
" film during the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con
, and enlisted even Stan Lee
, Kevin Smith
, and Hugh Hefner
in small roles. The movie won an award for Best Live-Action DVD Premiere Movie at the 2005 DVD Exclusive Awards
Mark Hamill did voice acting work in the Ralph Bakshi film Wizards, where he played "Sean, leader of the Knights of Stardust". The film was released on the same weekend as Star Wars, and thus may have been somewhat overshadowed.
Mark Hamill has gained a reputation as a prolific voice actor, beginning with his acclaimed role as the Joker
in the Emmy Award
-winning Batman: The Animated Series
(1992-1995), as well as most of the other spin-off
series, video games and films. Hamill had initially played a guest voice-role as evil businessman Ferris Boyle in the episode "Heart of Ice", and was delighted when offered the role of the Joker, one of his favorite characters. The most prominent feature of his portrayal that has garnered such acclaim is his dynamic use of laughter to express the Joker's feelings. Hamill referred to the Joker's laugh as being like a musical instrument and would practice laughing maniacally while driving to recording sessions, commenting that no one found this behavior strange in Los Angeles.
Hamill has appeared as the Joker in 15 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series
, three episodes of Superman: The Animated Series
, five episodes of The New Batman Adventures
, four episodes of Justice League
, and an episode of Static Shock
. He also played the Joker in the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
(1993) and the direct-to-video film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
.^ "Embracing Jazz" is one of two CDs included with the book of the same title by Lars Rasmussen.
This sequence featured Hamill voicing the Joker, dubbed
over an actor whose facial structure more resembled the character. The actor's face was shot in the background so as to be slightly blurred. Hamill also voiced the Joker alongside his Batman: The Animated Series
co-star Kevin Conroy
and Jason Hillhouse as Dick Grayson
in a feature of a storyboard scene included in the 2005 Special Edition DVD of Tim Burton
's 1989 Batman
film. This scene depicted the origin of Robin
, which wasn't filmed because the producers felt it was out of place with the rest of the movie.
Hamill also provided voice-acting for villains Solomon Grundy
and the Trickster
in the DC animated universe
series Justice League
and Justice League Unlimited
. Hamill has since voiced villain Tony Zucco
in The Batman
, a more recent animated series which is unrelated to the various DCAU series. He will also soon voice another DC hero, the Spectre, in an upcoming episode of the currently running Batman cartoon, The Brave and the Bold.
Hamill did the voice of Lawrance "Larry" 3000 a robot from Cartoon Network's animated series Time Squad.
He also guest starred in The Simpsons
episode "Mayored to the Mob
". On the audio commentary of the episode he says that he's been a fan of the show since its first hour and that it was a personal thrill to work with Dan Castellaneta
, the voice of Homer Simpson and others.
His success as The Joker has led to other villain roles in other animated series, including the Gargoyle
in the animated series of The Incredible Hulk
, the Hobgoblin
in Spider-Man: The Animated Series
in Fantastic Four
, Captain Stickybeard in Codename: Kids Next Door
, and the deranged shock jock
Dr. Jak in Phantom 2040
. He even parodied his Joker role in the Tom & Jerry Kids
episode "Droopy Man Returns," and in the Animaniacs
episode "The Cranial Crusader", as Johnny Bad-Note. He briefly provided the voice for Dr. Knuckles Turnpike in the animated F.I.S.T.
spin-off series DoubleF.I.S.T.E.D.
He voiced Py-Ro in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
, Dr. Julius Pendecker in The Tick
, and Niju the Evil Wolf in Balto II: Wolf Quest
. He also voiced Christopher "Maverick" Blair in the animated series Wing Commander Academy
He is also a recurring voice actor on Seth Green
's Robot Chicken
. Adult Swim listed Hamill as one of the channel's best Voice Actors.
In April 2009, he had a voice cameo in the NASA
animated short "Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Gravity and the Great Attractor," part of the web-series IRrelevant Astronomy
produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
He is currently doing voicework for several characters in the very successful Metalocalypse
animated series on Adult Swim
Hamill's roles in television animation led to his recruitment as a voice actor for a number of video games, most often as the antagonist, likely because of his success as the Joker.
When the Wing Commander
series of computer games started using full motion video cut scenes
, Hamill was cast as the series protagonist, Colonel Christopher Blair
, a role he played in Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
(1994), Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom
(1995), and Wing Commander: Prophecy
(1997). (In the 1999 Wing Commander
film, set earlier in the series, the character was played by Freddie Prinze, Jr.
) He did however, have a cameo, as did many of the other actors who did voiceovers for the game. Hamill was also cast as the voice of Christopher Blair in the animated television series Wing Commander Academy
Other notable computer-game roles (voice only) include Detective Mosely in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
, Assistant Director Wilson in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix
, several characters in the LucasArts
game Full Throttle
(including the game's main villain, Adrian Ripburger), and Wolverine
in X-Men 2: Wolverine's Revenge
, the tie-in game to the movie X-Men 2
. Hamill also provided the voice for two of the primary characters of Starsiege
, one of them a young warrior leading a rebellion against an empire.
He portrayed the Joker in a few Batman-themed video games, notably Batman Vengeance
, the Sega CD
version of The Adventures of Batman & Robin
, and in Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Xbox 360
. It is important to note that while some have mistakenly suspected that he reprised his role as Luke Skywalker for LucasArts
' Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
, the character is in fact voiced by Bob Bergen (also the voice of Porky Pig
and a host of others). Hamill provided voices for The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian
. He also played the role of Emperor Griffon in the PlayStation 2
role-playing game Dark Cloud 2
as well as Colonel Kroitz in Grandia Xtreme
He narrated a documentary on the United States' 1st Infantry Division
. Footage from the documentary was used in the video game Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
. He has appeared in two installments in the Crash Bandicoot
series: in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
as Py-Ro the Fire Elemental, and in Crash: Mind over Mutant
as the Znu. Mark Hamill did voiceover work for the PlayStation 2 game, Yakuza
, where he plays Goro Majima, a crazed and ruthless lieutenant of a Yakuza
family. He is also the voice of Malefor the Dark Master in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
. Most recently, Hamill played as The Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum
, the latest video game adaptation of the Batman
franchise. Hamill will again reprise his role of The Joker in Arkham Asylum's sequel. He also lent his voice talents to Darksiders
, as The Watcher
, whose voice is very similar to that of The Joker.
Hamill's likeness is also used as an alternative character model in the Wii
and PlayStation 2
versions of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
The Playstation 2 and Wii editions features both "Episode IV" and "Episode VI" models.
He also provided the entire cast of voices for a 1983 Pinocchio audiobook (with unique characteristics for each). Hamill also reads life into the characters of the popular juvenile fiction book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles Volumes I-III
, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi.
In 1978, he married dental hygienist
Marilou York. They have three children together: Nathan, Griffin and Chelsea. His son Nathan had a cameo role in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
(1999) playing one of the Royal Guards of Naboo.
- Earth Day (2001) (voice)
- Baxter and Bananas (2002) (voice)
- Burl's (2003) (narrator)
- Wolf Tracer's Dinosaur Island (2004) (voice)
- Batman: New Times (2005) (voice)
- Todd Wainio in World War Z (2006)