1. Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and director.
2. He is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983), a role he will be reprising in the forthcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
3. Hamill also starred in the films Corvette Summer (1978) and The Big Red One (1980) Comic Book: The Movie (2004) Sushi Girl (2012) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) .
4. Hamill’s voice acting work includes Spider-Man (1995-1998), The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999-2002), Time Squad (2001-2003), Codename: Kids Next Door (2002-2008), Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008), Regular Show (2010-present), Metalocalypse (2006-2012), and a long-standing role as the villain The Joker, commencing with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, and continuing in various Batman animated series and video games.
5. Mark Hamill was born in Oakland, California, and raised in Virginia.
6. He is a son of Virginia Suzanne (ne Jonson) (1927-1998) and William Thomas Hamill (b. 1927), who was a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He is one of seven children, including two brothers, Will and Patrick, and four sisters, Terry, Jan, Jeanie, and Kim.
7. His mother was of half Swedish descent. When Hamill was a child, his father’s career forced the family to move on numerous occasions, and he subsequently attended different schools.
8. In his elementary years, he went to Walsingham Academy and Poe Middle School.
9. At age 11, he moved to the 5900 block of Castleton Drive in San Diego, California, where he attended Hale Junior High School.
10. During his first year at James Madison High School, his family moved to Virginia where he attended Annandale High School.
11. By his junior year, his father was stationed in Japan, where Hamill attended and graduated from Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka and was a member of the Drama Club.
12. He later enrolled at Los Angeles City College and majored in drama.
13. Hamill’s early career included a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital and a starring role on the short lived sitcom The Texas Wheelers.
14. He portrayed the oldest son, David, in the pilot episode of Eight Is Enough, though the role was later performed by Grant Goodeve.
15. He also had guest appearances on The Bill Cosby Show, The Partridge Family, One Day at a Time and other series.
16. He appeared in multiple television films such as The City and Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.
17. Robert Englund was auditioning for a part in Apocalypse Now when he walked across the hall where auditions were taking place for George Lucas’s Star Wars.
18. After watching the auditions for a while, he realized that Hamill, his friend, would be perfect for the role of Luke Skywalker.
19. He suggested to Hamill that he audition for the part; Hamill did, and won the role.
20. Released in May 1977, Star Wars was an enormous unexpected success and made a huge impact on the film industry.
21. Hamill also appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978 and later starred in the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
22. For both of the sequels, Hamill was honored with the Saturn Award for Best Actor given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
23. He reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for the radio dramatizations of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back (but not in the Return of the Jedi radio drama).
24. Reprints of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (which influenced Lucas as he was developing the films) issued after the release of Star Wars in 1977 used the image of Hamill as Luke Skywalker on the cover.