Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the 1977 Star Warswas born on September 25, 1951, in Oakland, California. Hamill grew up in many different states as his father was a captain in the U.S. Navy. His major was drama at Los Angeles City College. The first time he appeared on television was in 1963 on the soap opera General Hospital. That led to many small parts in other T.V. shows. Hamill languished in obscurity until he was chosen for the role of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas. Hamill was only 25 years old at the time and did not know how popular this movie would make him. Before the filming of Star Wars, Hamill was involved in a car accident and had to get extensive surgery on his face. The accident left him with some permanent scars on his face that can be seen in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
In 1978 he married Mary Lou York who was his dental hygienist. After the Star Wars trilogy Hamill did not enjoy the same success as his co-star Harrison Ford because nobody could see him beyond his Luke Skywalker role. Film producers had trouble casting him for other roles because they feared that the public would never accept “Luke Skywalker” as someone else. Instead, Mark Hamill found a successful career as an animation voice actor. He has done many different voices for cartoons such as Scooby-Doo and The Powerpuff Girls to name a couple. He also co-wrote comic books for adults called The Black Pearl. Most recently he appeared playing himself in the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
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