Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill


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


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


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.



Director (Feature Film)

Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

Cast (Feature Film)

Child's Play (2019)
Star Wars: Episode IX (2019)
Lucky (2019)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Brigsby Bear (2017)
Bunyan & Babe (2017)
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)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness (2015)
Zip Elvin
Virtually Heroes (2013)
Sushi Girl (2013)
A Fuller Life (2013)
Back To The Sea (2012)
Airborne (2012)
Quantum Quest (2012)
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010)
Babyface Boretti
Battle for Terra (2008)
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (2006)
Queer Duck: The Movie (2006)
Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2005)
The Big Red One: The Reconstruction (2005)
Reeseville (2004)
Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil Mists (2000)
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)
The Raffle (1994)
John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (1993)
Time Runner (1993)
Michael Raynor
The Guyver (1992)
Midnight Ride (1992)
Earth Angel (1991)
Wayne Stein
Black Magic Woman (1991)
Brad Travis
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1991)
Slipstream (1989)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Britannia Hospital (1983)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Breathless (1980)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One (1979)
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)
Watchers Reborn (1998)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One (1979)

Cast (Special)

Codename Kids Next Door: Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S. (2007)
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2003)
Lee Marvin: Hollywood's Straight Shooter (2001)
Aztecs: Inside the Hidden Empire (2000)
Seeking Noah's Flood (1999)
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)
Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery (1997)
UFO's and Alien Encounters (1996)
Miss Howard Stern New Year's Eve Pageant (1993)
Commander Toad in Space (1993)
Voice Of The Admiral
The 41st Annual Tony Awards (1987)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Special (1977)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

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

Life Events


Made TV acting debut on "The Bill Cosby Show"


Played recurring character of Nurse Jessie Brewer's teenaged nephew on ABC daytime drama "General Hospital"


Made primetime series debut as teenager Doobie Wheeler on short-lived ABC sitcom "The Texas Wheelers"


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


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


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


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


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


Made voiceover debut in animated feature "Wizards"


Reprised role of Luke Skywalker role for sequel "The Empire Strikes Back," directed by Irvin Kershner


Made Broadway debut as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man"


Returned to Broadway playing Mozart in "Amadeus"


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


Stage musical debut, singing and dancing in short-lived Broadway production "Harrigan 'n' Hart"


Starred in off-Broadway revival of "Room Service," directed by Alan Arkin


Had title role in Broadway production of "The Nerd"


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.


Played nasty villain The Trickster on two episodes of CBS series "The Flash"


Voiced the Joker for Fox animated series "Batman: The Animated Series"


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


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


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


Starred in CD-ROM "Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger"; had previously acted in the interactive game "Gabriel Knight"


Reteamed with Carpenter for feature remake of "Village of the Damned"


Co-wrote limited series comic book <i>The Black Pearl</i>


Played Richard Greico's time-traveling friend in Showtime movie "When Time Expires"


Portrayed the villain in "Hamilton," based on two Jan Guillou novels about Swedish super-agent Carl Hamilton (Peter Stormare)


Co-produced and acted in "Watchers Reborn"


Made directorial debut with "Comic Book: The Movie"; also starred


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


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


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


Narrated the sci-fi anthology series "Dimension 404"


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


Appeared in crime drama "Con Man"


Guested as himself on "The Big Bang Theory"


Voiced Megatronus on "Transformers: Power of the Primes"

Photo Collections

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


Movie Clip

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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.



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


Marilou Hamill