Birth Date: September 25, 1951 / Age: 61
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA
Biography: Mark Hamill (born 25 September 1951 in Oakland, California) is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his portrayal of farmboy-turned-Jedi knight Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films. Hamill's film career since Star Wars has been mostly connected to lower-budget sci-fi movies that went straight to video, but he has been successful on Broadway, as a voice actor in animation and video games, and as a comic book creator.
Perhaps the role for which Hamill is best known, Luke Skywalker aside, is the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and the other animated series that followed it. 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 the Spider-Man 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 also voiced Larry 3000 in Time Squad. 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).
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a publicity photo for Star Wars.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. The movie won an award for Best Live-Action DVD Premiere Movie at the 2005 DVD Exclusive Awards.
In live-action television, Hamill had recurring roles in General Hospital and The Texas Wheelers (both pre-Star Wars), and, foreshadowing his later famous role, appeared as the Trickster in the live-action television series of The Flash.
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..) 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, and Wolverine in X2: Wolverine's Revenge, the tie-in game to the movie X2: X-Men United.
In the late 1970s, on the way to shoot one of the final scenes needed for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Hamill was involved in a car accident that caused substantial damage to his face. A double was used for the scene of Luke racing across the desert in his landspeeder while Mark was hospitalized. Supposedly he was told by his surgeons that although facial reconstruction surgery could save his career in the short term, it would have only temporary results. Over time, the scarring would become increasingly visible, and he would have to rethink his acting career. However, Hamill has been quoted that these allegations are wildly exaggerated, and that all that happened was that he broke his nose. In an A&E Biography special from 2002, the nature and result of the accident are explained by Hamill's family.
Hamill married Marilou York in 1978; they have three children - Nathan Elias, Griffin Tobias and Chelsea Elizabeth. Mark Hamill is also the co-writer of The Black Pearl, a comic book mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics.
Some of his other film credits include Corvette Summer, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, The Big Red One and the 1995 remake of Village of the Damned.
He starred with Linda Blair in the tv-movie Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.
He is recently named a front runner for the role of The Joker in the Batman Begins sequel