Better known as Luke Skywalker
, The Joker
or Christopher Blair
, Mark Hamill
was considered one of the best young talents in the 1970s. Though praised for a strong performance, he could never match the success of his most famous role. Despite being typecast
, he was frequently in demand and performed in several lesser known films before turning to more to theater (not just to pay the bills, but because he preferred it
), eventually getting juicy lead roles in big plays on Broadway like Amadeus
and The Elephant Man
More recently, he's built on some early experience to become one of the most acclaimed voice actors in the industry. He's often found playing dynamic, outright evil
villains (ironic, considering his previous typecasting as a hero), most notably The Joker
as stated earlier - many consider his performance to be the definitive interpretation of the character.
He was unfortunately injured in a car accident before the relase of Star Wars
, requiring reconstructive facial surgery. Many believe it's why
his character is all banged up early in the sequel.
As for his filmography:
- Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi).
- Private Griff, an expert marksman with an aversion to killing, in The Big Red One. Made three years after the first Star Wars in an effort to avoid typecasting.
- The Joker in Batman The Animated Series. There's a reason he's called Mark Hamill.
- As well as other characters in other DCAU productions, including Solomon Grundy in Justice League and Ferris Boyle in the B:TAS "Heart of Ice".
- And reprising the Joker in other media such as various Robot Chicken sketches and in Batman Arkham Asylum.
- And will do likewise for DC Universe Online and Batman Arkham City.
- Hamill however desires to move on from the character, and has been saying for some time that he no longer wishes to voice act for the Joker for fear of overstaying his welcome on the character. Batman Arkham City was seemingly his last role as the character (unless an animated version of The Killing Joke is made).
- The Hobgoblin in Spiderman The Animated Series
- The Trickster in the live action Flash series (and again in Justice League Unlimited)
- Maximus in Fantastic Four
- Gargoyle in Hulk
- Stickybeard in Codename Kids Next Door
- The Skeleton King in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go
- The Red Lynx in SWAT Kats
- Steve in Scooby Doo And The Alien Invaders and Snakebite Scruggs in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
- Goro Majima of the Yakuza games
- Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar The Last Airbender
- Yes. Mark Hamill voiced an evil overlord who shoots lightning from his hands.
- Who also happens to be an evil father.
- And permanently disfigured his son in a fight.
- A son who rejects his father's evil dogma and embraces the good side.
- And now we know that Padmé Amidala is actually Luke Skywalker's daughter!
- A man who wants to watch the world burn.
- Adrian Ripburger in Full Throttle
- Most of the Omniscient Council Of Vagueness from Metalocalypse, among many others.
- Portrayed Christopher Blair in live action cutscenes of Wing Commander games 3, 4, and Prophecy, and also lent his voice to the animated, younger incarnation of his character in the USA Network cartoon Wing Commander Academy.
- Also provides the voice of "Merlin" in the movie (though the final credits don't list him by name, simply showing "Merlin: ???")
- Colonel Muska in the dub of Castle in the Sky; constantly hailed as one the dub's greatest strengths.
- Hanukkah Zombie in the Futurama movie, Bender's Big Score.
- With an actor allusion tossed in - the Zombie drives a Tie-fighter.
- The Watcher in Darksiders.
- Malefor from The Legend of Spyro. Even though his voice is heavily distorted, he manages to make Malefor positively terrifying.
- Cock Knocker, a villain from the Bluntman and Chronic universe in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
- Did a guest shot as himself (leaning heavily on his legacy as Luke Skywalker) on the season 10 episode of The Simpsons "Mayored to the Mob", where Homer becomes Mayor Quimby's bodyguard after saving Hamill from a sci-fi convention of rioting nerds. But he also did a "secret" guest role in the same episode as the Drill Sergeant Nasty Leavelle who teachers Homer how to become a bodyguard.
- The Larry 3000 on Time Squad
- Master Eraqus in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
- Buzz Buzzard in The New Woody Woodpecker Show.
- Not a film role, but Hamill voiced Tod Wainio in the audio adaptation of World War Z.
- Undergrowth in Danny Phantom.
- Skips the Yeti in Regular Show.
- Klaw in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
- Red Skull in The Super Hero Squad Show
- Sean in Ralph Bakshi's Wizards
- Wolverine in the licensed game X-Men 2: Wolverine's Revenge (he refused to play the character in the X-Men movies)
- Detective Mosely in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
- Mad Scientist Stankfoot in Zevo-3
- Emperor Griffon's humanoid form in Dark Cloud 2.
- Corey in the animated I Dream of Jeannie (Hamill's debut as a voice actor)
- Guest starred in an episode of The Muppet Show as both himself and Luke Skywalker.
- Will Tasker in Slipstream.
- Lundgren, an evil serial killer dolphin, in NTSF:SD:SUV::
- Dr. Pullem and the mall santa in Dan Vs..
- Crybaby Clown (yes, another evil clown) in the season 2 premiere of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
- Abraham Kane, the Big Bad of Motorcity.
- Alvin the Treacherous, the Big Bad for Dragons Riders Of Berk
- Himself in I Know That Voice
- A much younger Hamill appeared as a side character in The Partridge Family. Doubles as a Hey, It's That Guy!.
- Hamill cameos in the Cold Open of Chuck's fifth season premier, continuing the series's tradition of Casting Gags featuring Geek Culture icons.
- Also had a cameo on Saturday Night Live, as a genuine Mark Hamill —NOT a Bruce Boxleitner— for sale on QVC. He's eventually bought by Harrison Ford, who claims he had to put his last Mark Hamill to sleep for actually being a Bruce Boxleitner.