Birthday: September 25, 1951 Birth
Place: Concord, California, USA Height: 5' 9"
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When Mark Hamill accepted the role of Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, he had no idea that he was going to become a cultural icon of callow youth, raw courage, and true heroism. Hamill was born the son of a naval captain, one of nine brothers and sisters. Hamill spent much of his youth traveling to different bases in the U.S. and Japan. He was studying drama at Los Angeles City Drama when he landed his first professional acting role as a guest star on the television series The Bill Cosby Show. Between 1972 and 1973, Hamill played Kent Murray on the television soap General Hospital and also did guest appearances on other television shows and in TV movies. In 1974, Hamill co-starred in The Texas Wheelers, a down-home sitcom that only lasted a season. He made his screen debut in Star Wars (1977) and became such a big hit that he had trouble getting other types of roles. Shortly before the release of Star Wars, Hamill was involved in a terrible car crash that resulted in surgeons having to reconstruct his face. Despite the enormity of Hamill's popularity in this film, he was unable to attain a lucrative film career like his co-star, Harrison Ford, perhaps because he too closely identified with Luke in viewers' minds to be seen as anyone else. Instead, Hamill appeared in films such as Corvette Summer (1978), The Big Red One (1980), and The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1980). Hamill tried his luck on and off-Broadway and won excellent reviews for his work, playing the leads in The Elephant Man and Amadeus. By the 1990s, he had largely been cast in direct-to-video ventures. On television, he provided his voice to at least two animated characters in The Adventures of Batman and Robin. In addition, Hamill starred in several hit CD-ROM games in the Wing Commander series and continues to appear occasionally on television. Finally, Hamill and his cousin, Eric Johnson, co-wrote The Black Pearl comic book series, which Hamill hopes to make into an animated movie.
Father of Nathan Hamill (b. 25 June 1979), Griffin (b. 4 March 1983), Chelsea (b. 27 July 1988)
In an ironic counterpoint to his problem of being typecast as a upright hero like Luke Skywalker in live-action roles, he has found that his successful career as an animation voice actor has typecast him as a player of flamboyant villains like the Joker in the animated "Batman" (1992) series.
Attended Yokosuka High School on Yokosuka Naval Base. School now named Nile C. Kinnick High School
Hamill met his wife, Mary Lou York, when she was his dental hygienist.
He did all his own stunts in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) -- except two places: where Luke Skywalker jumps off the plank into the Sarlaac, turns, and flips back onto the plank and on the Death Star when Vader throws his saber at the supports of the catwalk. According to The Making of Return of the Jedi by John Philip Peecher (c. 1983), his stunt double, Colin Skeaping, performed both of these stunts.
He accidentally hit Peter Stormare during a fight scene in Hamilton (1998).
He did all his own stunts in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), except in the scene in Cloud city where he is sucked out of a window.
He was originally cast as David on "Eight Is Enough" (1977), and asked to be released from his contract before Star Wars (1977) came out because he sensed the movie would be successful, and Hamill wanted to focus on his movie career. ABC refused to release him from his contract, thinking that having a successful movie star connected with the show would help "Eight is Enough" (1976). Hamill was then in a car crash in December 1976 and injured his face. This made him unavailable for shooting the TV series, and ABC was forced to recast the role of David, which then went to Grant Goodeve.
Is the 4th of 7 children
Auditioned for American Graffiti (1973).
Appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), which also starred Carrie Fisher. It was the first time the two had starred together since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Neither of them knew that the other was involved in the project until shortly after filming had been completed.
Claims his inspiration for the vocal interpretation as The Joker on the animated "Batman" (1992) came from a mixture of Hannibal Lecter and Jerry Lewis.
Attended Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia before his father was transfered.
In 1995, he appeared in Village of the Damned (1995) for director John Carpenter. That same year, Carpenter released another movie: In the Mouth of Madness (1995). A newspaper boy was played by Hayden Christensen, who went on to play his father (Anakin Skywalker) in the Star Wars prequels.
He kept his Luke Skywalker boots, from the first "Star Wars" movie. When the movie was re-released to theaters in the late 1990s, his son asked if he could wear the boots to a showing. Hamill said no, telling him he didn't think the boy would "get out alive" if fans knew his boots were the originals.
Though in the Star Wars trilogy he shoots a pistol and swings a light saber right-handed, he eats and writes left-handed. He can be seen eating left-handed in The Empire Strikes Back when in Yoda's home and writing left-handed on a guest appearance on the show Third Rock From the Sun.
Director Stephen Weeks originally wanted him for the part of Sir Gawain in Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) but the producers refused and insisted on Miles O'Keefe.
Mark and his Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford were both considered for the role of the bumbling wizard Schmendrick in the 1982 animated adaptation of The Last Unicorn.
Played the infamous Flash villain, The Trickster aka James Jesse (a word play for old west bandit Jesse James, a popular stunt for Flash creator Gardner Fox and other series writers), in both the short lived live action CBS series "The Flash", in 1991 (two episodes), and in the "Justice League Unlimited" animated series in 2005, in the episode "Flash and Substance".
Worked for free on Britannia Hospital (1982)
Is one quarter Swedish.
He campaigned for George McGovern during the 1972 presidential race.
For the New Jedi Order novelization he reprized his role as Luke Skywalker playing his own voice in a commercial.
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