Mark Hamill has been around for quite some time and he has managed to get a reasonable amount of relevance in Hollywood. Throughout his career, Mark has played stage, screen and voice-over roles in his 40+ years in the industry.
He is best remembered for his role as Luke Skywalker in the classic Star Wars movie series and also for his voiceover role in animation and video games as “Joker” in the series Batman: The Animated Series. He is also co-author of the comic mini-series “The Black Pearl”.
Hamill is also one of the few celebrities who leads a scandal-free private and family life. He has never been divorced and is still married to his first wife Marilou York.
Mark Hamill Wiki
Mark Richard Hamill comes from a large family of seven children – three boys and five girls. His parents gave birth to him in Oakland, California on September 25, 1951. His father, William Thomas Hill, was a captain in the U.S. Navy. His mother, Virginia Suzanne, is half Swedish and half English.
Because of his father’s profession, the Hamill family moved around a lot. This meant that Hamill and his siblings attended numerous schools. During his time before high school Mark attended Walsingham Academy and Poe Middle School. At the age of 11, his family moved to San Diego where he attended Hale Junior High School. Their constant movement would also lead him to attend James Madison High School and Annandale High School.
His foray into the world of acting began when he joined the drama club at Nile C. Kinnick High School in Japan.
College education brought him back to the USA where he studied acting as a major at Los Angeles City College.
His first role at the beginning of his career was in the television soap opera, General Hospital. This series was listed on Guinness World Records as the longest-running soap opera in America. He also played a role in the short-lived situation comedy The Texas Wheelers. He also had guest appearances in The Partridge Family, One Day At a Time and The Bill Cosby Show. His portfolio includes television films such as Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.
Mark Hamill’s greatest career success came with his starring role in the Star Wars movies, and that was probably a stroke of luck. His friend and actor Robert Englund were auditioning for a role in the movie Apocalypse Now when he came across Lucasfilm’s audition for Star Wars. He imagined Markus to be perfectly suited for the role of Luke Skywalker and informed him about the audition. Mark did the audition and won the role.
The unprecedented success of the film in 1977 triggered the two sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. When Lucasfilm was taken over by The Walt Disney Company, they announced a third sequel that was to be released on December 18, 2015. Finally, two sequels were made: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were released in 2015 and 2017 respectively. As before, Mark Hamill again took on the role of Luke Skywalker in both films.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker 1977Mark was also involved in the radio dramatizations of the film and also appeared on the cover of Josh Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces as Luke Skywalker. Mark also received a Saturn Award for Best Actor from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He also received a Daytime Emmy Award for his voice acting role as Sith Lord Darth Bane in the final episode of the animated series The Clone Wars.
The success of Star Wars was both a blessing and a curse. Mark Hamill became a nationally acclaimed teen idol, but it also meant he had to take the risk of being typecast. To distance himself from this risk, he took on roles very different from his portrayal of Luke Skywalker. These included roles in The Big Red One from the 1980s, a guest appearance on The Muppett Show and Saturday Night Live, and even Broadway plays like The Elephant Man in 1979 and Harrigan ‘N Hart, for which he won a Drama Desk Award.
Mark played the Trickster in the 1990 TV series version of The Flash and starred in the 2014 version of the same movie, two episodes of the TV series Criminal Minds, and as Academic Professor James Arnold in 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Mark has an extensive portfolio as a voice actor in animated films and video games. In the 1990s he was Hobgoblin in the animated series Spiderman, Gargoyle in The Incredible Hulk, and Maximus in Fantastic Four.
Mark Hamill Wife, Gay, Children, Family
Mike’s family is not as big as the one he was born into. But his relationship is one of the most stable in the entertainment industry. His wife Marilou York is a dental hygienist. They formed a life union in a private ceremony and have three children from their union. Their first child, Nathan, was born in 1979 when The Empire Strikes Back was in production. He also had a cameo as Royal Guard of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.
Their third child, Chelsea, was born in 1988. Her photo was used as Axel Walker’s childhood image in the 1990 and 2014 television series The Flash. His second child, Griffin, was born in 1983.
The rumors that are circulating that portray Mark Hamill as a homosexual are false.
Mark Hamill Height, Car Accident
Mark Hamill stands at 5 feet (1.75 m), an impressive height for someone in his age group.
Hamill was involved in a car accident on January 11, 1977. At that time he was involved in the filming of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This led to a seven-hour operation to repair his broken nose and left cheekbone. While recovering from the surgery, he had to be replaced by a double. Some of the scars from his accident were in the film when it was released.
Mark’s Net Worth
To date, Mark Hamill has been ascribed more than 250 roles, including voice-overs for animated films and video games. His net worth is estimated at $6 million.