Mark Hamill is a multiple award-winning American actor, voice actor and writer renowned for his stunt roles in action movies. He is, however, most popular for his typecasting role of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars space combat television series. Mark Hamill is also popular for his voice talents, having the ability to provide dissimilar voices for a variety of roles. In his over four decades and counting acting career, Mark has made practically innumerable screen appearances, having starred in over 250 movies, television films/series and video games put together. For his outstanding performances, Hamill has pocketed various prestigious awards including the Saturn Best Actor Award (1981, 1984, 2018), Best Performer Award (2012), Disney Legends Film Award (2017), among many others.
Meanwhile, behind Mark Hamill’s successful career is also a very successful personal life, including an over four-decade marriage.
Mark Hamill Bio (Age)
Mark Richard Hamill was born on September 25, 1951, in Oakland, California, United States. He is the fourth of seven children comprising three boys and four girls born to William Thomas Hamill (a naval officer) and his wife, Virginia Suzanne. Although he is American national, Mark Hamill is partly of English descent.
Owing to the nature of his father’s job, Hamill’s family was always on the move, causing him to attend a number of schools. He started his elementary education at the Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, from whence he proceeded to the Poe Middle School in Annandale, both in Virginia. Mark subsequently attended the Hale Junior High School before proceeding to James Madison High School, both in San Diego. He later changed to Annandale High School back in Virginia. Hamill finally completed his high school education in 1969 at the Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokohama, Japan. He then enrolled at the Los Angeles City College where he studied Drama and Theater Arts.
Mark Hamill kick-started his acting career in 1970, making his debut screen appearance in an episode of Headmaster. The next few years saw him play minor roles in several television shows including The Partridge Family, General Hospital, Room 222, The Streets of San Francisco, and One Day at a Time, among numerous others. During the early years of his career, Hamill worked as a restaurant waiter to make ends meet.
Mark Hamill eventually broke through in his acting career when he was cast as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ 1977 epic space-opera, Star Wars. The film unexpectedly turned out a massive hit, skyrocketing Mark to the spotlight. He later starred in three of Star Wars follow-up films including Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). His role in the Star Wars sequels earned him the Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Mark Hamill also appeared in other 1980s films including The Big Red One, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, and Slipstream, and so on. He later starred in the 1990s films Midnight Ride, The Guyver, Village of the Damned, and Hamilton. Within these periods, Mark also made television appearances in both guest and recurring roles. He also played the lead (Colonel Christopher Blair) in the Wing Commander space combat video game series between 1994 and 1997.
In 2001, Hamill portrayed the supervillain character of Cocknocker in the American comedy film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In 2003, he played the role of Michael Minetti, an acerbic dance teacher in the 2001 theater play, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. He also directed and starred in Comic Book: The Movie, a 2004 mockumentary direct-to-DVD film which later won DVD Exclusive Awards’ 2005 Best Live-Action DVD Premiere Movie. Mark later starred as a creative consultant in Hungary’s first ever mainstream sci-fi film, Thelomeris (2011). The next year saw him feature in two other live-action films – Airbone and Sushi Girl. He also portrayed James Arnold in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) as well as Robert Minkow in Con Man (2018).
Return to Star Wars
Starting from 2014, Mark Hamill made a return to the Star Wars series after Walt Disney acquired Lucasfilm. He first lent the voice for Darth Bane in The Colone Wars (2014) and then portrayed Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
In addition to film roles, Hamill has provided the voice for numerous animated characters both in films and video games. Most prominent of his voiceovers is his voice role as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Mark has also performed on stage in various theater plays such as The Elephant Man. He has as well co-written a number of comics including The Black Pearl.
Politically, Hamill is a staunch Democrat.
Mark Hamill’s Wife and Children
Hamill’s wife is Marilou York, a dental hygienist. The duo started off their relationship while York served as Hamill’s dental hygiene consultant. They later married on December 17, 1978, in a private civil ceremony.
Mark and Marilou have three children together – two boys and a girl. Their first child and son, Nathan was born on June 25, 1979. The second, a son named Griffin arrived on March 4, 1983. They later had their last child and only daughter, Chelsea Elizabeth on July 27, 1988. Nathan is presently married with a son who is Hamill’s only grandchild at the moment.
His Net Worth
Mark Hamill has an estimated net worth of $18 million. He accumulated most of his wealth from salaries paid to him for his film and voice roles. A lot of the movies he starred in turned out hits and earned him huge salaries. He also earned millions of dollars for his breakthrough lead role in the blockbuster Star Wars series.
Mark Hamill stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.75 meters). One wouldn’t say that Hamill has got the good looks. Making the matter worse is the permanent face distortion he got in the early 1980s from a ghastly auto crash that left his nose broken. Nevertheless, Mark has got one invaluable physical feature – he has such a body that is obviously younger than his age.
Is Mark Hamill Gay?
Following the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rumors became rife that Luke Skywalker portrayed by Mark Hamill in the film could be gay. The suspicion was soon transferred to Hamill, with many wondering if he was homosexual in real life. However, the fact that Mark is married with kids refutes all of the speculations.