Mark Hamill has been around for quite a while and has managed to maintain a decent level of relevance in Hollywood. Throughout his career, Mark has handled stage, screen and voice-over roles in his over 40 years in the industry.
He is most remembered for his role as Luke Skywalker in the classic Star Wars film series and also, his voice-over role in the animation and video games as the “Joker” in the Batman: The Animated Series. He is also the co-writer of the comic book miniseries, The Black Pearl.
Hamill is also one of the few celebrities to have a personal and family life free of scandal. 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 U.S. Navy Captain. His mother, Virginia Suzanne is half Swedish and half English.
Due to his father’s occupation, the Hamill family moved around a lot. This meant that Hamill and his siblings attended numerous schools. In his pre-high school years, Mark attended Walsingham Academy and Poe Middle School. At 11 years of age, his family relocated to San Diego where he went to Hale Junior High School. Their constant movement would also cause him to have stints at James Madison High School and Annandale High School.
His venture into the world of acting started when he joined the Drama Club at Nile C. Kinnick High School, in Japan.
Tertiary education would bring him back to the U.S. where he majored in drama 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 in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running soap opera produced in America. He also had a role in a short-lived situation comedy The Texas Wheelers. He has also had guest appearances on The Partridge Family, One Day At a Time and The Bill Cosby Show. His portfolio includes TV films such as Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.
The movie’s unprecedented success in 1977 sparked two sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. When Lucasfilm was acquired by The Walt Disney Company, they announced a third sequel to be released on December 18, 2015. They eventually made two; Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were released in 2015 and 2017 respectively. As before, Mark Hamill reprised the role of Luke Skywalker in both movies.
Mark was also involved in radio dramatizations of the movie 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 won a Daytime Emmy Award for his voice-over role as Sith Lord Darth Bane in the last 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 celebrated teen idol but it also meant he stood the risk of experiencing typecasting. To distance himself from this danger, he took up roles that were very different from his portrayal of Luke Skywalker. This included roles in the 1980’s The Big Red One, a guest appearance on The Muppett Show and Saturday Night Live and even Broadway plays such as 1979’s The Elephant Man 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 reprised the role in the 2014 version of the same film. He has also appeared in two episodes of the tv series Criminal Minds and as the academic professor, James Arnold in 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Mark has an extensive portfolio as a voice actor in animated movies and video games. He was Hobgoblin in the 1990s Spiderman animated series, Gargoyle in The Incredible Hulk and Maximus in Fantastic Four.
Mark Hamill Wife, Gay, Children, Family
Mike’s family is not as large as the one he was born into. However, his is one of the most stable relationships in the entertainment industry. His wife Marilou York is a dental hygienist. They tied the knot in a private ceremony and have three children from their union. Their first child, Nathan was born in 1979 while The Empire Strikes Back was in production. He also had a cameo as a Royal Guard of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.
Their third child, Chelsea, was born in 1988. Her photograph was used as Axel Walker’s infant picture in the TV series of The Flash in 1990 and 2014. His second child is named Griffin and he was born in 1983.
Apparently, whatever rumours circulating that paint Mark Hamill as a homosexual are false.
Mark Hamill Height, Car Accident
Mark Hamill stands at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m), an impressive height for someone in his age bracket.
Hamill was involved in a car accident on January 11, 1977. At this time, he was involved in the shooting of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This resulted in seven hours of surgery to repair his broken nose and left cheekbone. While he was recovering from surgery, he had to be replaced with a double. Some of the scars from his accident were visible in the movie when it was released.
Mark’s Net Worth
To date, Mark Hamill has been credited with more than 250 roles including voice-overs for animated films and video games. His net worth is estimated at $6 million.