Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars saga played by Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill was born September 25, 1951 in Concord, California.  He is most famous for playing the role of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga.  Most notably episodes IV, V, and VI in the new renaming of the film series after episodes I, II, and III were filmed.  Perhaps being cast in the stigma of Luke Skywalker, Hamill has become a prolific voice actor over the years and has done very few other films with an occasional TV show appearance.  He is well known as the voice of The Joker in many Batman animations as well as the voice behind many video game characters.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars 1978


Hamill got his acting start in a 1970 episode of Headmaster starring Andy Griffith, Jerry Van Dyke and Claudette Nevins.  That same year he would also appear in an episode of The Bill Cosby Show with Bill Cosby, Joyce Bulifant and Olga James. The following year in 1971 he would land a guest role in The Patridge Family starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, Brian Forster, and Dave Madden; he would also appear in an episode of Cannon starring William Conrad.


Mark guest starred in an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery with Joel Grey, Lois Nettleton, Howard Duff, and Royal Dano.  He also appeared in The F.B.I. starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, William Reynolds, and Marvin Miller.  He also began playing the role of Kent Murray on the daytime soap General Hospital. He guest starred on Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law starring Arthur Hill, Martin E. Brooks, Lee Majors, Joseph Campanella, and Peggy Lee.


Hamill starred in General Hospital; he landed his first voice acting role in a two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies; another episode of Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law starring Arthur Hill, Lisa Eilbacher, Sheree North, Arthur Franz, and Nan Martin; The Magician starring Bill Bixby, Neville Brand, and Frances Reid; two episodes of Room 222 starring Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Karen Valentine, and Michael Constantine;

Mark Hamill in his young days

It was in 1973 that Mark landed the recurring role of Corey Anders in the TV show Jeannie co-starring Julie McWhirter (Jeannie), Bob Hastings (Henry Glopp), Joe Besser (Babu), Janet Waldo (Mrs. Anders), and John Stephenson (Hadji);  He would play the role for 16 episodes until the show ended.


Mark guest starred in the TV show Insight starring Christine Belford, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Peggy Converse and Alan Dexter; The Manhunter starring  Ken Howard, William Campbell, Martine Bartlett, and William Smithers; Hamill would begin playing the recurring role of Doobie Wheeler on the TV show The Texas Wheelers co-starring Jack Elam (Zack Wheeler), Gary Busey (Truckie Wheeler), Tony Becker (T.J. Wheeler), Karen Obediear (Boo Wheeler), and Bruce Kimball (Lyle). The show would only last for one season until it was cancelled the following year.


Hamill would star in the TV movie Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic co-starring Linda Blair, Larry Hagman, Michael Lerner,  Verna Bloom, William Daniels, and M. Emmet Walsh; Lucas Tanner starring David Hartman, Rosemary Murphy, Susan Brown, Leslie Nielsen, and Shelley Spurlock; Delancey Street: The Crisis Within starring Walter McGinn, Carmine Caridi, Michael Conrad, Barbara Bostock, and Louis Gossett Jr.; and The Texas Wheelers co-starring Jack Elam (Zack Wheeler), Gary Busey (Truckie Wheeler), Tony Becker (T.J. Wheeler), Karen Obediear (Boo Wheeler), and Bruce Kimball (Lyle); Bronk starring Jack Palance, Henry Beckman and Tony King; Hallmark Hall of Fame: Eric  with Patricia Neal, Claude Akins, Sian Barbara Allen, John Savage, and Nehemiah Persoff; and Petrocelli starring Barry Newman, Susan Howard and Albert Salmi.

Mark Hamill (back left) and the cast of Texas Wheelers 1974-1975


Mark would appear in Medical Center starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Chris Hutson; Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence starring Raymond Burr, Robert Loggia, Peter Mark Richman, Allan Rich, and Roger Robinson; and One Day at a Time starring Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli and Pat Harrington Jr.


Mark Hamill would gain his fame in 1977.  Starting off starting of voice acting in a few animations such as Fred Flintstone and Friends with Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Joe Besser, and Sherry Alberoni; and Wizards co-starring Jesse Welles, Bob Holt, Barbara Sloane, and Richard Romanus.  Hamill starred in the TV movie The City co-starring Robert Forster, Don Johnson and Ward Costello.  Mark would also appear in TV shows such as The Streets of San Francisco starring Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Clu Gulager, Alan Fudge, Richard Hatch, and Christopher Atkins; and Eight Is Enough starring Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Susan Richardson, Adam Rich, Laurie Walters, Grant Goodeve, Connie Needham, Dianne Kay, Willie Aames, and Betty Buckley.

Hamill would get his big break however, when he landed the role of Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars.  The film would be a mega smash and Hamill would gain international recognition.  The film was later renamed to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope when the prequel trilogy if episodes I, II, and III was released almost two decades later.  He co-starred with Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).

Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars 1977

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars 1977


Following the success of Star Wars, Hamill landed a role in Corvette Summer co-starring Annie Potts, Eugene Roche, Danny Bonaduce, Albert Insinnia, Jason Ronard, and Brion James; and The Star Wars Holiday Special co-starring Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Mickey Morton, Patty Maloney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur.


Hamill would star in the second installment of the Star Wars saga Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back later renamed Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.  He co-starred with Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and David Prowse (Darth Vader).  That same year he landed the role of Private Griff in the war film The Big Red One co-starring Lee Marvin,  Kelly Ward, Robert Carradine, and Bobby Di Cicco.

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) star in the original Star Wars trilogy
Mark Hamill in The Big Red One 1980


Mark starred in the film The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia with Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, Arlen Dean Snyder, Don Stroud, and Sunny Johnson.


Hamill would star in the film Britannia Hospital co-starring Leonard Rossiter, Malcolm McDowell, Vivian Pickles, Brian Pettifer, and Barbara Hicks.


Hamill would star in the third installment of the Star Wars saga
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi later renamed Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi .  He co-starred with Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), David Prowse (Darth Vader), and Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor).

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars trilogy
Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi 1983

After the original Star Wars trilogy, for several years Hamill appeared in various on-stage productions on Broadway including The Elephant Man and Amadeus. Mark would also voice act in the Japanese animation Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind aka Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984).  Hamill starred in an episode of Amazing Stories with David Rappaport, Mary Jo Deschanel, Lois De Banzie, and Forest Whitaker in 1986.

In the late 80s, Hamill was back into main stream movies starring Fall of the Eagles (1988); Slipstream co-starring Kitty Aldridge, Bob Peck, Bill Paxton, and Robbie Coltrane (1989); the TV show Hooperman starring John Ritter, Barbara Bosson, Sydney Walsh, Felton Perry, and Clarence Felder (1989); and Hamill contributed to many of the voices in The Little Mermaid (1989).

Mark started off the 1990s starring in Midnight Ride with Michael Dudikoff, Robert Mitchum, and Savina Gersak (1990); The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster co-starring John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Joyce Hyser, Alex Désert, and Vito D'Ambrosio (1991); Earth Angel co-starring Cindy Williams, Cathy Podewell, Rainbow Harvest, Erik Estrada, Brian Krause, and Roddy McDowall (1991); The Guyver co-starring Greg Paik, Jimmie Walker, Michael Berryman, Peter Spellos, and Spice Williams-Crosby (1991); Black Magic Woman co-starring Apollonia Kotero, Amanda Wyss and Stella Pacific (1991); and 2 episodes of The Flash starring John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays and Alex Désert (1991).

Mark Hamill in Midnight Ride 1990

In 1992, Hamill would begin playing the voice of The Joker in the animated TV series Batman. He played the role in that series until 1994. This would mark the start of a string of voice acting stints that would span Hamill's career. That year, he would also star in Sleepwalkers co-starring Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Ron Perlman, Alice Krige and Cindy Pickett (1992); and Time Runner co-starring Rae Dawn Chong, Mark Baur, and Brion James (1993).

Hamill starred in the film Une image de trop aka Picture Perfect with Catherine Wilkening and Jean-Pierre Malo (1993); and Body Bags co-starring Tom Arnold, Alex Datcher, Tobe Hooper, Robert Carradine, Molly Cheek, and Stacy Keach (1993).

Mark Hamill in the film Body Bags 1993


He would begin a long run of voice acting roles which would dominate the remainder of his career with Biker Mice from Mars; Batman (TV series); The Little Mermaid with Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Edan Gross, and Kenneth Mars; 2 Stupid Dogs co-starring Brad Garrett, Mark Schiff and Jim Cummings; Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby co-starring Henry Corden, Raquel Welch, Ruth Buzzi, Frank Welker, and Mary Hart; Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers; Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (voice); and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.


Hamill continued voice acting in Batman (TV series); Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (video game, 1994); Bouncers (video game, 1994); Red Planet with Roddy McDowall and Nick Tate (1994); Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (voice); Phantom 2040 (voice) and Bonkers (1994).  He guest starred in the series  Burke's Law starring Gene Barry, Peter Barton and Dom DeLuise; he also starred in the film Silk Degrees with Marc Singer, Deborah Shelton, Adrienne Barbeau, and Gilbert Gottfried;  Garfield and Friends (voice); Hamill ended 1994 starring in The Raffle with Nicholas Lea, Teri Lynn Rutherford, Bobby Dawson and Jennifer Clement (1994).


Mark did voice work in The Savage Dragon; Full Throttle (video game); He starred in the horror flick Village of the Damned with Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Meredith Salenger, Linda Kozlowski, and Michael Paré.  Hamill continued voice work in SeaQuest 2032; Phantom 2040 (voice); Spider-Man (voice); and The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Mark Hamill in Village of the Damned 1995


Mark did more voice acting in Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie and Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers.  He then landed a guest role in The Outer Limits also starring Debrah Farentino, Peter Breck, Scott Hylands, Noah Heney, and Sarah-Jane Redmond; Fantastic Four (voice); Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (video game); he guest starred in the TV series Space Cases starring Walter Jones, Rahi Azizi, Kristian Ayre, and Paige Christina;  The Cartoon Cartoon Show (voice); Bruno the Kid (voice);  Adventures from the Book of Virtues (voice); The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest (voice); The Tick (voice); Casper (voice); Hey Arnold! (voice); The Incredible Hulk (voice); Spider-Man (voice); through 1996 he played the regular voice role of Christopher 'Maverick' Blair in Wing Commander Academy.


Hamill started off the year by starring in the sci-fi action film Laserhawk co-starring Jason James Richter, Richard Zeman, Melissa Galianos, and Gordon Currie;  He would continue the voice acting with The Blues Brothers Animated Series, The Legend of Calamity Jane, and The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.  He landed a role in When Time Expires co-starring Richard Grieco, Cynthia Geary, Chad Everett, and Tim Thomerson.  He continued on with Spider-Man (voice);
The Incredible Hulk (voice);  Johnny Bravo (voice); and Wing Commander: Prophecy (video game).  He also started voicing a new animated series The New Batman Adventures.


Hamill continued his voice acting role in Spider-Man and The New Batman Adventures; He also guest starred in the series It's True starring Dean Stockwell, Jarrod Emick, Lynda Boyd, and Kimberley Davies; Commander Hamilton co-starring Peter Stormare, Lena Olin, Terry Carter, and Yevgeni Lazarev; Cow and Chicken (voice); he landed the starring role in Watchers Reborn co-starring Lisa Wilcox, Bob Clendenin, Shawn David Thompson, and Stephen Macht; Oh Yeah! Cartoons (voice); Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (voice); Mark appeared in the series MADtv; and he hosted the series Super Structures of the World;


Mark's voice was heard in the video game Starsiege; The New Batman Adventures; The Powerpuff Girls; Wing Commander (video game); The Night of the Headless Horseman (voice); Walking Across Egypt co-starring Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Judge Reinhold, Edward Herrmann, and Gwen Verdon; he hosted the show .com; and voiced a role in the series Pepper Ann and The New Woody Woodpecker Show.


Hamill started off the new millennium voice acting in Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists; he appeared again in the series MADtv; Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (voice); he appeared in Hollywood Off-Ramp with Matthew Harrison, Deni DeLory and Michelle Harrison; Batman Beyond (voice); Joseph: King of Dreams (voice); Gen 13 (voice); Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (voice); Pepper Ann (voice); The Christmas Lamb (voice); The New Woody Woodpecker Show (voice); and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (voice). 


Hamill starred in the movie Thank You, Good Night with John Paul Pitoc, Christian Campbell, Sally Kirkland, Jay Leggett, and  Lara Wickes; Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex  (video game); Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale - Heart of Winter (video game); Johnny Bravo (voice); he starred in the movie Hamilton with Peter Stormare, Lena Olin, Terry Carter, and Mats Långbacka;  The Oblongs (voice); Mark also reunited with Carrie Fisher in the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back also starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ali Larter, Ben Affleck, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Ferrell, Jeff Anderson, Judd Nelson, Eliza Dushku, Seann William Scott, and George Carlin; Time Squad (voice); Samurai Jack (voice); Batman: Vengeance (voice); Earth Day (voice); Night of the Living Doo (voice); The New Woody Woodpecker Show (voice); and a guest spot on V.I.P. starring Pamela Anderson, Molly Culver, Shaun Baker, Angelle Brooks, Natalie Raitano, and Leah Lail.

Mark Hamill in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001


Hamill began 2002 and really from that point on spent the majority of his time voicing video games such as The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian and Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix as well as voicework in Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa and Justice League; Mark also appeared in the TV show Teamo Supremo; more of his voice acting credits that year include Static Shock; Rocket Power; Balto:  Wolf Quest; Baxter and Bananas; and Totally Spies!; He appeared in 4 episodes of Son of the Beach starring Jaime Bergman, Timothy Stack and Roland Kickinger;


Mark's voice work included What's New, Scooby-Doo?; Clifford the Big Red Dog; X2 - Wolverine's Revenge; The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy; Stripperella; Danger Rangers, and Family Guy.  He also appeared in the film Reeseville co-starring Majandra Delfino, Brad Hunt, Isabella Sotelo, Arlene Kahn, and Angela Featherstone.


Hamill's voice credits this year included Wolf Tracer's Dinosaur Island, The Wrong Coast, and the role of The Skeletion King in the animated series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.  He also produced, directed, and starred in Comic Book: The Movie co-starring Donna D'Errico, Lori Alan, Billy West, and Daran Norris.


For Hamill in 2005 it was all voice acting with Batman: New Times; Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!; Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix; Codename: Kids Next Door; Avatar: The Last Airbender; Call of Duty 2 (video game); Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (video game); Yakuza (video game); and Thru the Moebius Strip co-starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Michael Dorn, Chris Marquette, and Andrea Leon.


Mark voiced in the series Danger Rangers; Justice League; Queer Duck: The Movie; Ultimate Avengers II; Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman; Codename: Kids Next Door - Operation Z.E.R.O.; Tom and Jerry in Shiver Me Whiskers; Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles; Biker Mice from Mars; The Batman; Loonatics Unleashed; Codename: Kids Next Door; Avatar: The Last Airbender; Metalocalypse; and Danny Phantom.

Mark Hamill is the voice of The Joker in the Batman animations


Hamill had another year of all voice acting in shows such as Random! Cartoons; Pokémon; SpongeBob SquarePants; Battle for Terra; Avatar: The Last Airbender; My Friends Tigger & Pooh; Metalocalypse; and Futurama: Bender's Big Score.

Mark Hamill in 2007


Hamill was again in all voice acting mode with Codename: Kids Next Door; Avatar: The Last Airbender; My Friends Tigger & Pooh; Crash: Mind Over Mutant (video game); The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (video game); Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno (video game); Metalocalypse; Tasty Time with ZeFronk co-starring Rob Paulsen; and Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World starring Will Matthews, Peter Paige, Billy West, Liza Del Mundo, Q. Allan Brocka, and Margaret Cho.


Mark started off 2009 with FusionFall (video game); Afro Samurai: Resurrection; Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too; Batman: Arkham Asylum (video game); and Metalocalypse.


Hamill voiced Darksiders (video game); Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (video game); Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (series); The New Woody Woodpecker Show; Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic co-starring Graham McTavish, Vanessa Branch and Steve Blum; Batman: The Brave and the Bold; Adventure Time; The Boondocks; Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare; he starred in a couple of episodes of Hero Factory as Von Ness which starred Christopher B. Duncan, Bryton James, Jean Louisa Kelly, Stephen Stanton, Henry Winkler, and John Schneider; Generator Rex (voice); Zevo-3 (voice); Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet (video game); and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (voice).

Mark Hamill in 2010


Hamill starred in the film Minkow with James Caan, Ving Rhames, Talia Shire, Elisabeth Röhm, Robert Pine, Andy Milder, Armand Assante, Carly Craig, Melissa Ordway, and John Kassir (2011); Dan Vs. (voice); DC Universe Online (voice); The Super Hero Squad Show (voice); Robot Chicken (6 episodes, voice); The Problem Solverz (voice); and The Cleveland Show (voice); and Regular Show (31 episodes, voice).

Mark Hamil will continue his voice role as The Joker in the video game Batman: Arkham City as well as Red Skull in the video game Captain America: Super Soldier.  He will also appear in the film Thelomeris co-starring György Dörner, József Kerekes and Ottó Viczián (2011); the starring role in Airborne co-starring Julian Glover, Gemma Atkinson, Billy Murray, Dominic Burns, and Sebastian Street (2011); and the film Sushi Girl co-starring Danny Trejo, Noah Hathaway, Michael Biehn, Cortney Palm, Tony Todd, and Jeff Fahey (2012).

George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher in 2010

Plans are in the works for Hamill to direct Black Pearl which is based on a comic book series that he wrote. There are also rumors floating around that his role of Luke Skywalker could be resurrected in a sequel trilogy of the Star Wars saga.  Hamill's character would be similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars movie who acted as a mentor to a budding Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker.  So far however, it is only rumor.

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