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Mark Hamill is known as an American film and voice actor. He is most famous for playing Luke Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' film franchise.

Background and Age

Mark Hamill was born in Oakland, California, on September 25, 1951. He was the fourth of seven children. His father was in the U.S. Naval force, so the family relocated regularly, and Hamill grew up over the world, from California to New York to Japan. After Hamill graduated from high school abroad, his family moved back to the U.S. He enrolled at Los Angeles City College, where he studied drama and theater arts.

Married, Wife and Kids

Mark Hamill has been married to his wife, Marilou York since 1978. They ended up with three children in their family, Nathan, Griffin, and Chelsea.

Career and Net Worth

Hamill made it big as an actor when handled the part of Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' science fiction epic Star Wars. Star Wars was released in 1977 and immediately caught the world's eye, making big stars of all the lead actors. Luke Skywalker was the linchpin of the whole story, and Hamill was pushed up front into fame. The film and its two continuations, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) were also huge hits.

While the 1980s and 1990s were not gigantically effective decades for Hamill as an actor, he was able to continue his career with voiceover work. Through Hamill's work in animated series, movies and computer games, he made a solid rebound. His voice became familiar in cartoons like Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1994), Superman (1997) and The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest (1996-1997). Most fans remember him as the Joker in the Batman cartoon. He did so well as the villain that some Batman fans consider him to be the best Joker.

With an excess of 250 roles, 2014 brought Hamill back over into the Star Wars universe with the official declaration that he would come back to the big screen as Skywalker in another set of three film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, opened in the U.S. on December 18, 2015, and broke a variety of film industry records, acquiring $530 million worldwide in its opening box office. In August 2019, a trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released. Mark will return to the series as his popular Luke Skywalker character. Even though his character was thought to be dead, fans are excited to see him return in any possible form.

Date modified: Jun 5, 2020
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