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Mark Hamill From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Mark Hamill Hamill at WonderCon 2009 Born Mark Richard Hamill September 25, 1951 (1951-09-25) (age 57) Oakland, California, United States Spouse(s) Marilou York (1978-present) Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice artist, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy and as the voice of The Joker in the DC Animated Universe. Contents [hide] 1 Early life and education 2 Early career 3 Star Wars 3.1 Car accident 4 Live action and stage work 5 Voice acting 5.1 Anime 5.2 Video games 5.3 Audio Books 6 Writing career 7 Personal life 8 Filmography 8.1 Features 8.2 Short Subjects 9 References 10 External links  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. He was one of seven children: two brothers, Will and Patrick, and four sisters, Terry, Jan, Jeanie, and Kim. As a child, his father's career meant numerous relocations, and he attended different schools throughout his childhood. For 10th grade, he attended Annandale High School located in Annandale, Virginia, but eventually ended up graduating from Nile C. Kinnick High School in Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College.
Early career Hamill's early career included voicing the character Corey Anders on the Saturday morning cartoon Jeannie by Hanna-Barbera Productions. He also portrayed the oldest son David on the pilot episode of Eight Is Enough, though the role was later performed by Grant Goodeve. He acted in TV series such as The Texas Wheelers, General Hospital, and One Day At A Time. One of his earliest movies was the made-for-TV film The City.  Star Wars Hamill in 1978In 1977, Hamill starred as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' epic space saga Star Wars. 227's YouTube "Chili"-Darth Vader (NBA & Star Wars)! "Luke, I'm Your Fatha (James Earl Jones)!"-http://www.hoops227.tv/youtube_darth_vader_nba_star_wars_james_earl_jones.html The film was an enormous unexpected success and became revolutionary in 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 (1983). 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. Reprints of Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces (which influenced Lucas as he was developing the films) issued after the release of Star Wars in 1977, used the image of Hamill as Luke Skywalker on the cover.  Car accident 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 pickup shots.  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. Hamill played the villainous Hawkins in the Swedish action movie Hamilton in 1998. Some of his other film credits include The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Britannia Hospital, Slipstream, The Guyver (in which he played a police officer turned into a mutant slug with a man's face), and the 1995 remake of Village of the Damned. In 1990, he played a psychotic escaped mental patient who terrorizes Michael Dudikoff and his wife in Midnight Ride. He also narrated The Sci-Fi Files, a four-part documentary about the influence of science fiction upon present society. In 2001, Hamill starred in the feature film Thank You, Good Night alongside Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, and Sally Kirkland. 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 sale). 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, Chewbacca and R2-D2. 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." This was the first time that Hamill and his Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher appeared in a film together since Return of the Jedi, although they share no scenes. 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.  Voice acting Mark Hamill has gained a reputation as a prolific voice actor, beginning with his acclaimed role as the the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), as well as most of the other spin-off series, video games and films. Hamill had initially voiced a guest 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. He appeared as the Joker in 15 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, the film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, five episodes of The New Batman Adventures, The Batman/Superman Movie, four episodes of Justice League, three episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, an episode of Static Shock, and the film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. "Wild Cards" was the last aired episode in which he appears as the Joker in the DC Animated Universe. The short-lived WB live action series, Birds of Prey, based on the comic book of the same title, featured a flashback sequence in which the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and paralyzes her. 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 provided voices 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. Hamill 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, Maximus 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 and 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 guest starred in two episodes of The Flash as The Trickster. He voiced the character of Chanukah Zombie for the 2007 straight-to-DVD release Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Hamill performs the voice of the villain Undergrowth in the Danny Phantom episode "Urban Jungle." More recently, he provides the voice of Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Skeleton King on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go. He also guest starred as The Moth in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode: Night Light. He even played the latter character in the Mina and the Count shorts. He currently plays Senator Stampingston and Mr. Selatcia in Metalocalypse. In the Hanna-Barbera Productions cartoon SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Hamill voiced Jonny K., the Red Lynx, and Burke, among others. 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.  Anime Recently, he voiced 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. Hamill provided the voice of Commander Taylor in Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, the sequel to the 1980s adapted anime series Robotech. He also voiced Christopher "Maverick" Blair in the animated series Wing Commander Academy. He also was in Afro Samurai Resurrection. Hamill provides the voice of Jameson Burkright in the mini-series comedy The Wrong Coast, and Yamma in the joint Cartoon Network/Production I.G anime series IGPX Immortal Grand Prix.  Video games Hamill in 2007Hamill'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 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 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 and the Sega CD version of The Adventures of Batman & Robin. While some have mistakenly suspected that he reprised his role 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 (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 and was on Space Ghost Coast To Coast as himself talking about Star Wars. 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. He is also the voice of Malefor the Dark Master in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. He will also be reprising his role as The Joker in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum video game.  Audio Books Hamill voiced the character of Todd Wanio in World War Z, a critically acclaimed audiobook based on Max Brooks' successful imitation of Studs Terkel's The Good War, relating the stories of survivors from the first global zombie war. 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.  Writing career Mark Hamill is also the co-writer of The Black Pearl, a comic book miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics. He wrote an introduction to the Trade Paperback Batman: Riddler Two-Face which reprints various stories involving The Riddler and Two-Face to tie in with Batman Forever. He has also written several stories for Simpsons Comics, including Catastrophe in Substitute Springfields! which parodies DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths and also references several other classic comics.  Personal life 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.  Filmography Mark Hamill's handprints in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.  Features Night Gallery Episode: There Aren't Any More McBanes (1972) (messenger boy) Wizards (1977) (voice) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) as Luke Skywalker Corvette Summer (1978) Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) Sam Fuller and the Big Red One (1979) (documentary) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as Luke Skywalker The Big Red One (1980) The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981) Britannia Hospital (1982) Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) as Luke Skywalker Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) (voice in 2005 English dub) Castle in the Sky (1986) (voice in 1998 English dub) Slipstream (1989) Fall of the Eagles (1989) Midnight Ride (1990) The Guyver (1991) Black Magic Woman (1991) Sleepwalkers (1992) Time Runner (1993) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) (voice) Silk Degrees (1994) The Raffle (1994) Earth Angel (1991) Village of the Damned (1995) Laserhawk (1997) Hamilton (1998) Watchers Reborn (1998) Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) (voice) (direct-to-video) Gen¹³ (1999) (voice) (direct-to-video) Wing Commander (1999) (voice) Walking Across Egypt (1999) Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (2000) (voice) Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000) (voice) (direct-to-video) Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) (voice) (direct-to-video) Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (voice) (direct-to-video) Thank You, Good Night (2001) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Time Squad (2001) (voice) Earth Day (2001) (short subject) (voice) Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (voice) Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) (voice) (direct-to-video) Grandia Xtreme (2002) voice: Colonel Kroitz (English VA) Aero-Troopers: The Nemeclous Crusade (2003) (voice of Older Joshua) (direct-to-DVD) Danger Rangers (2005) voice: Burt Dark Chronicle (2003) voice: Griffon X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003) (voice) Reeseville (2003) Stripperella (2003) (voice) Comic Book: The Movie (2004) (also director) Repetition (2005) Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) voice of Fire Lord Ozai Thru the Moebius Strip (2005) (voice) Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006) (voice) Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006) (voice) (direct-to-DVD) Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (2006) (voice) Metalocalypse (2006) (voice) Battle for Terra (2007) (voice) Danny Phantom (2007) (voice) My Friends Tigger and Pooh (2007) (voice) Robot Chicken Star Wars Special (2007) (voice) (TV special) as Luke Skywalker Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) (voice) (direct-to-DVD) Tasty Time With ZeFronk (2008) (voice) The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (2008) (voice) Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009) (voice) Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) (voice) Batman: The Series Robotech (film) (2010)  Short Subjects 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: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006)  References Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Mark Hamill ^ Mark Hamill Biography (1951-) ^ Interviews with Mark Hamill ^ Campbell, J.: The Hero with a Thousand Faces ^ Just The Best : Sienn's Mark Hamill Page : Interviews 1970 ^ Rinzler, J.W., The Making of Star Wars, pp 249-250 ^ NBC.com > Saturday Night Live ^ , IMDB, , accessed March 25, 2008 ^ Biography  External links Mark Hamill at the Internet Movie Database Mark Hamill at the Internet Broadway Database Mark Hamill at the Internet off-Broadway Database Mark Hamill at TV.com Official Mark Hamill Fan Club Official Comic Book: The Movie Website Performance Working in the Theatre seminar video at American Theatre Wing, April 1987  Interview with Mark Hamill [show]v • d • eMetalocalypse Main Characters Nathan Explosion • Skwisgaar Skwigelf • Toki Wartooth • William Murderface • Pickles the Drummer Cast and Crew Tommy Blacha • Brendon Small • Jon Schnepp • Chris Prynoski • Mark Hamill • Victor Brandt • Malcolm McDowell • Mark Brooks • Bill Braudis Musicians Brendon Small • Gene Hoglan • Mike Keneally • 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Daniels · Kenny Baker · Ben Burtt · Rick McCallum Persondata NAME Hamill, Mark ALTERNATIVE NAMES Hamill, Mark Richard SHORT DESCRIPTION actor DATE OF BIRTH September 25, 1951 PLACE OF BIRTH Oakland, California, U.S. DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Hamill" Categories: 1951 births | Living people | American comics writers | American film actors | American soap opera actors | American stage actors | American television actors | American video game actors | American voice actors | Military brats | People from Oakland, California | Saturn Award winners