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Mark Richard Hamill is an American actor and voice actor who is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy from 1977 to 1983 and the sequel trilogy from 2015 to 2019, and as the voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and various other DC Comics media. He was credited with voicing Ozai in ten episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as additional voices in four episodes across Book One: Water and Book Three: Fire.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits


Character information: Ozai

Baboon spirit

Character information: Baboon spirit

Additional voices

Selected other credits

Television work


Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

Hamill was raised in Oakland, California, the son of Virginia Suzanne (née Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, who was a captain in the U.S. Navy. He was one of seven children, two brothers, Will and Patrick, and four sisters, Terry, Jan, Jeanie, and Kim. As a child, his father's career meant numerous relocations, and he graduated from Nile C. Kinnick High School in Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College.

In 1978, he married dental hygienist Marilou York. They have three children together: Nathan, Griffin, and Chelsea. During the 1972 presidential race, Mark Hamill campaigned for candidate George McGovern, and he later spoke on behalf of Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary.


After the success of Star Wars, Hamill found that audiences identified him very closely with the role of Luke Skywalker. He attempted to avoid typecasting by appearing in Corvette Summer and the World War II film The Big Red One. As the 1980s wore on, Hamill did little film work outside of Star Wars. Instead, he acted on Broadway, starring in Amadeus, The Elephant Man, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination, and other stage plays, for which he received positive reviews.

Hamill played the villainous Hawkins in the Swedish action movie Hamilton in 1998. Some of his other film credits include The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Britannia Hospital, Slipstream, The Guyver, and the 1995 remake of Village of the Damned. In 1990, he played an escaped mental patient who terrorizes Michael Dudikoff and his wife in Midnight Ride. He also narrated The Sci-Fi Files, a four-part documentary about the influence of science fiction upon present society. In 2001, Hamill starred in the feature film Thank You, Good Night alongside Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, and Sally Kirkland.

Mark Hamill has gained a reputation as a prolific voice actor, beginning with his acclaimed role as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 until 1995, as well as most of the other spin-off series, video games, and films. Hamill had initially played a guest voice-role as corrupt businessman Ferris Boyle in the episode "Heart of Ice" and was delighted when offered the role of the Joker, one of his favorite characters. The most prominent feature of his portrayal that has garnered such acclaim is his dynamic use of laughter to express the Joker's mood. Hamill referred to the Joker's laugh as being like a musical instrument and would practice laughing maniacally while driving to recording sessions, commenting that no one found this behavior strange in Los Angeles. Regarding his role as Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hamill has said that he thought the script was so good that the show was sure to be canceled, as the show seemed "a little too deep, a little too intelligent for the kind of cartoon [he] was used to". He was glad though that it found an audience and that parents would watch it with their kids.[2]

Hamill is the co-writer of The Black Pearl, a comic book miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics. He wrote an introduction to the Trade Paperback Batman: Riddler Two-Face which reprints various stories involving The Riddler and Two-Face to tie in with Batman Forever. He has also written several stories for Simpsons Comics, including Catastrophe in Substitute Springfields!, which parodies DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths and also references several other classic comics.


  • 2012: Won a BAFTA Games Award for Batman: Arkham City (Performer)
  • 2010: Won an Interactive Achievement Award for Batman: Arkham Asylum (Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance)
  • 2005: Won a DVDX Award for Comic Book: The Movie (Best Live-Action DVD Premiere Movie)
  • 2001: Won a Video Premiere Award for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Best Animated Character Performance)
  • 1984: Won a Saturn Award for Star Wars: Episode IV - Return of the Jedi (Best Actor)
  • 1981: Won a Saturn Award for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (Best Actor)
  • 1978: Won a ShoWest Award (Male Star of Tomorrow)


  1. DVD commentary for "The Siege of the North, Part 2".
  2. Hamill, Mark (January 22, 2014). Mark Hamill here. In an AMA far, far away.... Reddit. Retrieved on May 2, 2017.
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