Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill


9/25/1951, Oakland, California, USA

Birth Name

Mark Richard Hamill



Also Known As

Mark Hamil, Mark Hammil, Mark Hammill
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Mark Richard Hamill was born on September 25 1951 in Oakland, California. He is an American actor. Hamill is best known for his portrayals of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars and The Joker in Batman The Animated Series. Hamill is the son of Suzanne and William…more


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  • Trivia

    • Mark attended the 2011 Spike TV video game awards as he was nominated for his performace as the Joker in Batman: Arkham City. However, his catergory never came up and he soon discovered that his award, along with many other awards, were given out during a pre-show eariler on and Mark was never told about it.

    • During the 1972 presidential race, Mark Hamill campaigned for canditate George McGovern.

    • Mark Hamill is one quarter Swedish.

    • When Mark Hamill got offered the role of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, he was delighted as it was one of his favorite characters.

    • George Lucas on one occasion asked Mark Hamill to reprise the role of Luke Skywalker in a Star Wars sequel trilogy as an older Jedi type character who 'passes the torch' to the next generation of Jedi Knights and that it would be completed around 2011. Lucas has recently discharged it as nothing more than an off-hand remark.

    • Mark Hamill graduated from Nile C. Kinnick High School in Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College.

    • Mark Hamill was one of seven children; two brothers, Will and Patrick, and four sisters, Terry, Jan, Jeanie, and Kim.

    • Mark Hamill's father William Hamill, was a captain in the U.S. Navy

    • While some have incorrectly suspected that Mark Hamill reprised his position as Luke Skywalker for LucasArts' Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and its sequel, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the character is in fact voiced by Bob Bergen.

    • Mark Hamill had a number of notable computer-game roles including Assistant Director Wilson in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, several characters in the LucasArts game Full Throttle, and Wolverine in X2: Wolverine's Revenge.

    • For a few years Mark Hamill left Hollywood and acted on Broadway. He starred in Amadeus, The Elephant Man, Harrigan and Hart and many other plays.

    • Mark Hamill voiced the role of Emperor Griffon in the PS2 RPG (Role Playing Game) Dark Cloud 2 as well as Colonel Kroitz in the PS2 RPG Grandia Xtreme. Mark Hamill's latest voiceover role is for the PlayStation 2 game, Yakuza, where he plays Goro Majima, a crazed and ruthless lieutenant of a Yakuza family.

    • Mark Hamill voiced the role of Lieutenant Mosely in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.

    • Mark Hamill starred in the film The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.

    • Mark Hamill voiced the character of Chanukah Zombie for the 2007 straight-to-DVD release Futurama: Bender's Big Score.

    • Mark Hamill starred in the feature film Thank You, Good Night as a pragmatic father alongside Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, and Sally Kirkland.

    • Mark Hamill's nickname is 'Kid'.

    • Awards and Nominations - Won a Saturn Award for Best Actor - Science Fiction for Star Wars (1977) - Won a Saturn Award for Best Actor for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Won a Saturn Award for Best Actor for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - Nominated for an Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting for Batman (1992) - Won a Video Premiere Award for Best Animated Character Performance for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) - shared with Bruce W. Timm (character designer: The Joker) - Nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) - as the voice of The Joker - Nomination for Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical forHarrigan 'n Hart(1985)

    • Mark Hamill reprised his role of Luke Skywalker in NPR's radio dramas of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. He did not return for the presentation of Return of the Jedi.

    • Prior to Batman Forever, Mark wrote an introduction to the trade paperback Batman: Featuring Two-Face and the Riddler (featuring the villains who starred in the film).

    • Mark Hamill is 5'9" (1.75 m).

    • Mark Hamill was cast as the villain Mike Hawkins in the Swedish production Hamilton, directed by Harald Zwart. He co-starred with Peter Stormare and Lena Olin in this TV movie.

    • Mark Hamil played the Trickster in the 1991's Television series called The Flash and he also played The Trickster in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance" in 2006.

    • Hamill was orginally cast as David Bradford on the TV series Eight is Enough. He asked to be released from his contract before Star Wars was released; sensing the movie was going to be a success, he wanted to focus on his movie career.

    • Although Hamill has been replaced in the role of the Joker, in Warner Bros. new animated incarnation of the Dark Knight many fans consider Hamill to be the best Joker. In a show of support many fans on the net tried talking WB executives to sign Mark back on, with or without Kevin Conroy. Also many critics agree that the reason of The Batman's unsuccessful run as of late is because of Mark's departure. Fans keep saying that no one gave as much to the role of the Joker as Mark.

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

    • From early on in Mark's career, he has given time and talent to work with various charitable organisations. Not surprisingly, many of them are directly related to children or issues concerning them.

    • Mark was a guest at the Dark Horse Comic Con the second year it held an art auction to benefit the Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. The con actually began with many of the guests, Mark included, visiting patients in the hospital. The halls reverberated with the sound of the Joker's maniacal laugh. Mark later gave a talk at the con, and an announcement was made that he was donating his appearance fee to the ongoing fundraising to build a new hospital. When the new hospital opened, Mark again paid a visit, spending the day visiting with the young patients.

    • Respecting Mark's desire that no cards or gifts be sent him, in 1999, on behalf of the members, the IMHFC began a tradition of making a donation to CHPHP in honour of Mark's birthday each year.

    • Over the past few years, Mark and his family have become involved with Children Helping Poor and Homeless Children. This includes helping with the ongoing collection of items donated and participating in special fund-raisers, a celebrity mini golf tournament being one of them.

    • Mark is one of a number of well-known celebrities working with the End Hunger Network to create projects and events to help motivate people to help end hunger. EHN helps provide funding for food banks.

    • Mark has done a number of 'Meet and Greet' sessions for local Make A Wish Foundations throughout his career. One of the most memorable was in the Milwaukee area January 2000 celebrating the theatrical release of Walking Across Egypt. A nominal donation of $5.00 enabled a good number of fans to meet Mark, and have an instant photograph taken. A Saturday morning session at the Mayfair Theatre complex, and an afternoon session at a local Blockbuster Video enabled the Milwaukee branch to sponsor the wishes of two seriously ill children, along with their families, with a good start for a third child's. The afternoon session, scheduled to start at 2 pm, had fans lining up in sub-zero weather, from 8 am that morning.

    • He has his own website. Mark's officially sanctioned Internet Website is The International Mark Hamill Fan Club.

    • He has voiced Wolverine in X2: Wolverine's Revenge, the tie-in game to the movie X2: X-Men United.

    • Hamill and Marilou York (a dental hygienist) have three children - Nathan Elias, Griffin Tobias and Chelsea Elizabeth.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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).

    • 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 did the voice of Py-Ro in the video game, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.

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