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Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill (crop)
Full name: Mark Richard Hamill
Birth date: September 25, 1951
Birth place: Oakland, California
Occupation: Actor
Education: Los Angeles City College (studied drama and theater)
Parents: William Thomas Hamill
Virginia Suzanne Johnson
Spouse(s): Marilou York (m. 1978)
Children: Nathan Elias Hamill (b. 1979)
Griffin Hamill (b. 1983)
Chelsea Hamill (b. 1988)


Mark Richard Hamill[1] (born September 25, 1951)[1] is an American actor, who is best known as Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars franchise and for voicing The Joker in a plethora of television series and video games of the Batman series.[2] On Regular Show, he provided the voice of Skips, a regular character on the show. In addition, he also voiced other characters on the show.

Early life

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Mark Hamill in 1978.

Mark Richard Hamill was born on September 25, 1951 in Oakland, California, the fourth child of William Thomas Hamill (b. 1927), a captain in the United States Navy, and Virginia Suzanne (née Johnson), (1927-1998), a homemaker.[3][4][5][6] Mark has six siblings: brothers William and Patrick and sisters Terry, Jan, Jeanie and Kim.[7] Due to his father's status as a U.S. Navy Captain, he and his family moved often, living in California, Virginia, New York and Japan.[8] Hamill attended elementary school at Walsingham Academy and went to middle school at Poe Middle School.[9] After graduating high school overseas at Yokohama High School in 1969, he and his family returned to the United States, where he started attending college at Los Angeles City College, studying drama and theater arts.[1][7]

Career

Early roles

Hamill made his acting debut on The Bill Cosby Show in 1970, and began acting on other television shows of the time period, such as The Partridge Family, One Day at a Time and Night Gallery.[10] He landed a recurring role as Kent Murray on the medical drama General Hospital. Around this time he also made his voice acting debut in the film Wizards. He co-starred on the short-lived series The Texas Wheelers in 1974.[11][12] He continued playing small roles before playing David Bradford in the pilot of Eight is Enough, which he had signed on to do shortly before being offered to appear on Star Wars; on January 11, 1977, after attempting to be let out of his contract on Eight is Enough to act in Star Wars, Hamill was involved in a car accident where he and his BMW fell off a thirty-foot cliff, fracturing his nose and left cheekbone, requiring facial reconstructive surgery and Eight is Enough to hire a new actor in his place. After three plastic surgery operations, his face was finally well-repaired and as Star Wars creator George Lucas still had not found someone to play Luke Skywalker, Hamill happily accepted the second offer.[3][10][11]

Star Wars, Theatre and The Joker

Hamill won the role of Luke Skywalker by auditioning and doing a screen test.[13] Star Wars became a huge success, propelling Hamill and his co-stars into stardom.[1] Hamill also won two Saturn Awards for Best Actor in Film for episodes V and VI.[3]

After the original Star Wars trilogy ended, he focused on theatre, appearing in several plays such as The Elephant Man as John Merrick and Amadeus, portraying musical figure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.[12][11] For his role as Tony Hart in Harrigan 'n Hart, he was nominated for a Drama Desk award in the category of "Best Actor in a Musical".[7] He also acted in such straight-to-video films as Corvette Summer, Time Runner and Village of the Damned.[10]

His live action roles declined, but Hamill thrived in the voice acting field, landing the part of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and most of the following animated Batman projects.[1] For his voice work as The Joker he has been nominated for two Annie Awards (in 1994 and 2001) and for two Video Game Awards (in 2009 and 2011).[14] The video game Batman: Arkham City was supposed to be the final installment of the Batman series to have Hamill voice The Joker. He then reprised The Joker in the Arkham finale "Batman: Arkham Knight", The Killing Joke animated adaption of the critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name and later Justice League Action.[2]

Aside from his fame as Luke Skywalker and The Joker, Hamill has guest starred on V.I.P., Amazing Stories, Third Rock from the Sun and SeaQuest DSV.[10] He played the villain in the Star Wars parody Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.[10] In 2015, Hamill once again played Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens, and will play him once more in Episode VIII, scheduled to be released in 2017.

Shift to voice acting and other projects

Since the late 1990s Hamill has primarily focused on voice acting. Best known in the voiceover field for voicing The Joker, he has also voice acted on Spider-Man as The Hobgoblin,[10] Johnny Bravo as numerous minor characters, Time Squad as Larry 3000, The Simpsons and Pepper Ann as himself, Robot Chicken and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, among many other animated series.[2] Hamill has also provided his voice in video games, portraying Colonel Christopher Blair in Wing Commander III, Wing Commander IV and Wing Commander: Prophecy.[7] Hamill's voice acting agency is Danis, Panaro & Nist.[15]

Hamill has also dabbled in writing, co-writing a five-part graphic novel, entitled The Black Pearl with Eric Johnson, with the first part being released on September 18, 1996.[7] He has also written stories for Simpsons Comics, notably "Catastrophe in Substitute Springfields!".[16] He directed, starred and produced the movie Comic Book: The Movie.[7][10] He also wrote an introduction to Batman: Riddler Two-Face.[17]

Regular Show

Despite voicing Skips on the show, he doubted Regular Show's success originally: "When I read the first script for The Regular Show I thought it was too weird for young people, it's surreal. I didn't think it had a chance but now it's on its sixth season."[18] For his voice work as Skips he was nominated for an Annie Award in 2013.[14] When the show ended in 2017, Hamill stated he would miss his fellow cast members, who he thought were "fun people."[19]

Voice credits

Season 1

  1. "The Power" - Skips, Wizard, Monster
  2. "Just Set Up the Chairs" - Skips, Clown, Destroyer
  3. "Caffeinated Concert Tickets" - Translator, Kid #1
  4. "Death Punchies" - Skips, Man #2
  5. "Free Cake" - Skips, Man
  6. "Meat Your Maker" - Skips, Hot Dog #1
  7. "Grilled Cheese Deluxe" - Colonel, Jones, PA
  8. "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" - Skips, Unicorn #3
  9. "Prank Callers" - Skips
  10. "Don" - Skips
  11. "Rigby's Body" - Skips
  12. "Mordecai and the Rigbys" - Skips, Boss

Season 2

  1. "Ello Gov'nor" - Skips, Cricket #2, British Taxi
  2. "Appreciation Day" - Skips, Monster
  3. "Peeps" - Skips, Infomercial Boss
  4. "Dizzy" - Skips, Man, Man 2
  5. "High Score" - Jack Farley
  6. "Rage Against the TV" - Skips, Dude 2
  7. "Party Pete" - Skips, Jerk
  8. "Brain Eraser" - Skips
  9. "Benson Be Gone" - Skips
  10. "But I Have a Receipt" - Skips
  11. "This Is My Jam" - Skips
  12. "Temp Check" - Skips, Flunky #2, Detective
  13. "Jinx" - Skips
  14. "Grave Sights" - Skips, Guy #2, Howard Fightington
  15. "Really Real Wrestling" - Officer
  16. "Over the Top" - Skips
  17. "More Smarter" - Skips
  18. "First Day" - Skips
  19. "Skunked" - Skips
  20. "Karaoke Video" - Skips

Season 3

  1. "Stick Hockey" - Skips, Dave
  2. "Bet to Be Blonde" - Skips, Mega Blonde
  3. "Skips Strikes" - Skips, Wizard, Photographer
  4. "Terror Tales of the Park" ("In the House") - Skips, Wizard, Wind
  5. "Cool Bikes" - Skips, Cool Cop #1
  6. "Rap It Up" - Skips, Guy #1
  7. "Under the Hood" - Skips, Announcer
  8. "Fortune Cookie" - Skips, Janitor
  9. "Think Positive" - Skips, Benson's Dad
  10. "Skips vs. Technology" - Skips
  11. "Eggscellent" - Skips, Manetti
  12. "Gut Model" - Skips, Manager
  13. "Video Game Wizards" - Skips, Employee 1
  14. "Out of Commission" - Skips, Jim, Carl

Season 4

  1. "Exit 9B" - Skips, Destroyer of Worlds
  2. "Starter Pack" - Skips
  3. "Terror Tales of the Park II" - Skips, Bus Driver
  4. "Pie Contest" - Skips
  5. "150 Piece Kit" - Skips, Gunnar Von Strauss
  6. "Bald Spot" - Skips, Guy 2
  7. "Guy's Night" - Skips, Guy 1, Guy 3
  8. "One Pull Up" - Skips
  9. "The Christmas Special" - Skips
  10. "TGI Tuesday" - Margaret's Boss
  11. "Firework Run" - Skips, Armando, El Diablo
  12. "The Longest Weekend" - Skips
  13. "Do or Diaper" - Bucktooth Bob, Concierge, Guy 1
  14. "Quips" - Skips
  15. "Caveman" - Skips, Dog Catcher
  16. "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese" - Skips, Baby Duck 4
  17. "Limousine Lunchtime" - Skips, Rowdy Millionaire
  18. "Picking Up Margaret" - Skips, Topsy, Old Guy
  19. "Carter and Briggs" - Skips, Sam, Commissioner Davis
  20. "Skips' Stress" - Skips
  21. "Cool Cubed" - Skips, Translator
  22. "Trailer Trashed" - Skips
  23. "World's Best Boss" - Skips, Boss #1
  24. "Sleep Fighter" - Skips, Guy
  25. "Party Re-Pete" - Skips, Party Rob, Officer 2
  26. "Steak Me Amadeus" - Skips, Louie

Season 5

  1. "Wall Buddy" - Skips
  2. "A Skips in Time" - Skips, Walks
  3. "Survival Skills" - Skips
  4. "Terror Tales of the Park III" - Skips, Killer Scarecrow
  5. "Bank Shot" - Skips, Captain
  6. "The Thanksgiving Special" - Skips, Benson's Dad, Thanksgiving Reenactor
  7. "New Year's Kiss" - Skips
  8. "Dodge This" - Skips
  9. "Journey to the Bottom of the Crash Pit" - Skips, Carlock King, Carlock #5
  10. "Saving Time" - Skips
  11. "Guitar of Rock" - Skips, Ronnie, Bouncer
  12. "Skips' Story" - Skips, Walks
  13. "Return of Mordecai and the Rigbys" - Skips
  14. "Bad Portrait" - Skips
  15. "I Like You Hi" - Skips
  16. "Expert or Liar" - Skips
  17. "Catching the Wave" - Skips
  18. "Gold Watch" - Skips
  19. "Take the Cake" - Skips
  20. "Skips in the Saddle" - Skips
  21. "Thomas Fights Back" - Skips
  22. "Bachelor Party! Zingo!!" - Skips
  23. "Tent Trouble" - Skips

Season 6

  1. "New Bro on Campus" - Skips
  2. "Terror Tales of the Park IV" - Skips
  3. "The End of Muscle Man" - Skips
  4. "Lift With Your Back" - Skips
  5. "The Real Thomas" - Skips
  6. "Park Managers Lunch" - Skips
  7. "Married and Broke" - Skips
  8. "Benson's Suit" - Skips
  9. "Gamers Never Say Die" - Skips
  10. "Men in Uniform" - Skips
  11. "Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special" - Skips, Baby Duck 4, Jones
  12. "Lunch Break" - Skips, Rep 2
  13. "Dumped at the Altar" - Skips

Season 7

  1. "The Parkie Awards" - Skips, Jared Polaski
  2. "The Lunch Club" - Skips
  3. "Local News Legend" - Skips
  4. "The Dome Experiment - Skips, Fake Techmo, Scientist 1
  5. "Birthday Gift - Skips
  6. "Cat Videos" - Skips
  7. "Terror Tales of the Park V" - Skips
  8. "Sleep Cycle" - Skips, Dr Sheldon. Weatherberry
  9. "Hello China" - Skips
  10. "Win That Prize" - Skips, President
  11. "Chili Cook-Off" - Skips
  12. "Donut Factory Holiday" - Skips, Donut
  13. "Gary's Synthesizer" - Skips
  14. "California King" - Skips, Old Man
  15. "Cube Bros" - Skips
  16. "Maellard's Package" - Skips
  17. "Rigby Goes to the Prom" - Skips
  18. "The Button" - Skips, Button
  19. "Marvolo the Wizard" - Skips, Guy on Stilts, Tower Guy 1
  20. "Pops' Favorite Planet" - Skips
  21. "Lame Lockdown" - Skips
  22. "Rigby's Graduation Day Special" - Skips

Season Eight

  1. "One Space Day at a Time" - Skips, Man
  2. "Cool Bro Bots" - Skips
  3. "Welcome to Space" - Skips
  4. "Space Creds" - Skips
  5. "Ugly Moons" - Skips
  6. "The Dream Warrior" - Skips
  7. "The Brain of Evil" - Skips
  8. "Spacey McSpaceTree" - Skips
  9. "Can You Ear Me Now?" - Skips, Auricle
  10. "The Space Race" - Skips
  11. "Space Escape" - Skips
  12. "New Beds" - Skips
  13. "Alpha Dome" - Skips
  14. "Terror Tales of the Park VI" - Skips, Commissioner Davis
  15. "The Ice Tape" - Skips
  16. "The Key to the Universe" - Skips

Personal life

He resides in Malibu, California, with his wife Marilou York,[1] who was his dental hygienist prior to their marriage.[7][18][20] The couple married on December 17, 1978 in a private civil ceremony.[20][21][4] They live with their beloved dog.[18] Together Mark and Marilou have three children: Nathan Elias (born June 25, 1979),[1][4][7] an artist,[22] Griffin (born March 4, 1983),[1][7] a painter,[23] and Chelsea (born July 27, 1988).[1][7] In his free time Hamill enjoys reading comic books, collecting things such as toys and playing water sports, and is also interested in puppets and magic.[21][24][8][12]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 http://www.biography.com/people/mark-hamill-9542477
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Mark-Hamill/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.tv.com/people/mark-hamill/biography/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://www.filmreference.com/film/26/Mark-Hamill.html
  5. http://www.nndb.com/people/898/000022832/
  6. http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dblocher&id=I276330
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 http://www.markhamill.com/biograph.htm
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=932&dat=19780818&id=bfNSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BIMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2412,3445506
  9. http://www2.fcps.edu/PoeMS/about/history.html
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=266&dat=20031030&id=M_YrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AG0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1153,2849982
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2519&dat=19840225&id=Lo9iAAAAIBAJ&sjid=t3cNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1008,4696807
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19850129&id=9VhWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gu8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6974,7029210
  13. https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/80829374529683456
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=1881&tab=awards
  15. http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=1881
  16. http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/100311401555396.htm
  17. http://www.comicvine.com/mark-hamill/4040-54284/
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1vvul8/mark_hamill_here_in_an_ama_far_far_away/
  19. http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1615220/what-mark-hamill-will-miss-about-regular-show-the-most
  20. 20.0 20.1 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=pfdLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Du4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4587,2275845&dq=mark+hamill&hl=en
  21. 21.0 21.1 http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=13088
  22. https://twitter.com/NathanHamill
  23. https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/432251371648065536
  24. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1144&dat=19780725&id=pOEhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YVgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7031,3758917

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