Mark Hamill

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Mark Hamill (born 25 September 1951 in Oakland, California) is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his portrayal of farmboy-turned-Jedi knight Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films. Hamill's film career since Star Wars has been mostly connected to lower-budget science fiction films that went direct-to-video, but he has been successful on Broadway, as a voice actor in animation and computer and video games, and as a comic book creator.

Perhaps the role for which Hamill is best known, Luke Skywalker aside, is the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and the other animated series that followed it. His success in the role has led to various villainous and/or deranged roles in other animated series, including the Gargoyle in the animated series of The Incredible Hulk, the Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Maximus in Fantastic Four, Cock-Knocker from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the deranged shock jock Dr. Jak in Phantom 2040. He also voiced Larry 3000 in Time Squad. He also recorded voice tracks for Zim on Nickelodeon's Invader Zim, but was ultimately turned down for the role; the part was later given to Richard Steven Horvitz (he didn't scream longest and loudest). Two recent notable performances have included Colonel Muska in the English language version of Castle in the Sky and the Mayor of Pejite in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, both directed by Hayao Miyazaki and distributed by Disney. One of Hamill's current projects is providing voice acting overdubs for Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, the sequel of the 1980s adapted anime series Robotech.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a publicity photo for Star Wars.

He starred and directed the 2004 direct-to-DVD Comic Book: The Movie. A comic book fan, Hamill has said his character was based on an exaggerated version of himself. He and his crew shot the mockumentary movie primarily 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.

In live-action television, Hamill had recurring roles in General Hospital and The Texas Wheelers (both pre-Star Wars), and, foreshadowing his later famous role, appeared as The Trickster in the live-action television series of The Flash. He has also been made cameo appearances in MADTv, The Simpsons, and Third Rock From the Sun among others.

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..) Other notable computer-game roles (voice only) include Lieutenant 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 Ripburger), and Wolverine in X2: Wolverine's Revenge, the tie-in game to the movie X2: X-Men United.

On 11 January 1977, on the way to shoot one of the final scenes needed for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Hamill was involved in a car accident that caused damage to his face. An A&E Network Biography special, "Mark Hamill: A Force to Be Reckoned With", claims that the damage was extensive and Mark Hamill had to have multiple plastic surgeries to reconstruct his face. Hamill and other sources, however, insist that he suffered from just a broken nose, only needed one reconstructive surgery, and that the severity of his injury has been greatly exaggerated. In the second Star Wars film, Episode V, he is seen with a new scar along his upper lip which may or may not be related.

Hamill married Marilou York in 1978; they have three children - Nathan Elias, Griffin Tobias and Chelsea Elizabeth. Mark Hamill is also the co-writer of The Black Pearl, a comic book mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics.

Some of his other film credits include Corvette Summer, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, The Big Red One, The Guyver, and the 1995 remake of Village of the Damned.

He starred with Linda Blair in the TV-movie Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.


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