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Mark Hamill

Mark HamillAKA Mark Richard Hamill

Born: 25-Sep-1951
Birthplace: Oakland, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Luke Skywalker in Star Wars

Mark Hamill was one of seven kids born to a Naval captain and his wife. Military families tend to move often, and young Hamill lived in California, Virginia, New York, and Japan before he was 18. By his teens, Hamill knew he wanted to be an actor, and he became a drama major at Los Angeles City College. His first breakthrough came on the soap Days of Our Lives, where he worked from 1972-73. In a precursor to his later career, Hamill also did voice work on the kid's show Jeannie, an animated follow-up to the successful I Dream of Jeannie, and on such 1970s Saturday-morning fare as Fred Flintstone and Friends. He has performed hundreds of voices for cartoons, and frequently speaks for more than one character in a movie or series.

His real break, of course, was when George Lucas hired him to play Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Hamill had also been cast as the oldest son on the television series Eight is Enough, but he sensed that Star Wars might be a career-maker, and tried to back out of his contract. The TV show's producers, though, were excited at the idea of having an actor who might be a hot new movie star, and insisted that he play the role. Then Hamill was in a car accident, reportedly injured badly enough that he could not work, and Eight is Enough recast his role. Some reports at the time said Hamill was severely disfigured, but he now insists that he only suffered a broken nose. In the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, he sported a new scar on his upper lip.

In addition to the three Star Wars films, Hamill starred in 1978's Corvette Summer with Annie Potts, and Samuel Fuller's semi-autobiographical semi-classic The Big Red One with Lee Marvin. Audiences and producers, however, were reluctant to see Hamill as anyone but Luke Skywalker, and for most Americans, Hamill dropped off the face of the Earth after the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi. He remained a working and successful actor, however, appearing on Broadway in plays from Amadeus to The Elephant Man, and voicing Batman's nemesis The Joker in cartoons and video games from 1993-2011.

Father: William Hamill (U.S. Navy)
Mother: Suzanne (homemaker)
Brother: William T. Hamill III (physician)
Sister: Terry
Brother: Patrick
Sister: Jan
Sister: Jeanie
Sister: Kim
Wife: Marilou York (dental hygenist, m. 17-Dec-1978, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Nathan Hamill (b. 25-Jun-1979)
Son: Griffin (b. 4-Mar-1983)
Daughter: Chelsea (b. 27-Jul-1988)

    High School: Yokohama High School, Yokohama, Japan
    University: Los Angeles City College

    TELEVISION
    Metalocalypse Senator Stampingston (2006-)
    The Texas Wheelers Doobie Wheeler (1974-75)
    General Hospital Kent Murray (1972-73)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Comic Book: The Movie (27-Jan-2004)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Sushi Girl (21-Jul-2012)
    Airborne (2012)
    Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (14-Sep-2010) · Deacon, Babyface Boretti, Store Owner [VOICE]
    Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (9-Feb-2010) [VOICE]
    Mythic Journeys (4-Jun-2009) [VOICE]
    Futurama: Bender's Big Score (27-Nov-2007) · Chanukah Zombie [VOICE]
    Battle for Terra (8-Sep-2007) · Elder Orin [VOICE]
    Ultimate Avengers II (2-Jul-2006) [VOICE]
    Queer Duck: The Movie (4-Jun-2006) [VOICE]
    Comic Book: The Movie (27-Jan-2004) · Donald Swan
    Balto II: Wolf Quest (19-Feb-2002) [VOICE]
    Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (24-Aug-2001) · Cocknocker
    Hamilton (13-Apr-2001)
    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (12-Dec-2000) [VOICE]
    Joseph: King of Dreams (27-Oct-2000) [VOICE]
    Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (1-Jun-2000) [VOICE]
    Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (3-Feb-2000) [VOICE]
    Walking Across Egypt (17-Dec-1999)
    Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (22-Sep-1998) [VOICE]
    The Batman/Superman Movie (18-Aug-1998) [VOICE]
    Watchers Reborn (30-Jun-1998)
    Commander Hamilton (30-Jan-1998)
    When Time Expires (10-May-1997)
    Laserhawk (1997)
    Village of the Damned (28-Apr-1995) · Rev. George
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (25-Dec-1993) [VOICE]
    Body Bags (8-Aug-1993)
    Time Runner (1993)
    Black Magic Woman (24-Apr-1991)
    The Guyver (18-Mar-1991)
    The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster (1991)
    Midnight Ride (1990)
    Slipstream (10-Feb-1989)
    Return of the Jedi (25-May-1983)
    Britannia Hospital (27-May-1982)
    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (29-May-1981)
    The Big Red One (18-Jul-1980)
    The Empire Strikes Back (21-May-1980) · Luke Skywalker
    The Star Wars Holiday Special (17-Nov-1978)
    Corvette Summer (2-Jun-1978) · Kenneth W. Dantley, Jr.
    Star Wars (25-May-1977) · Luke Skywalker
    Wizards (2-Mar-1977) [VOICE]
    The City (12-Jan-1977)
    Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (11-Feb-1975)


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