Who is Mark Hamill and what is net worth of him? For all of you out there who practically grew up binge watching the enigmatic ‘Star Wars’ franchise, veteran American actor Mark Hamill requires no introduction. For it was he, who brought the dynamic character of Luke Skywalker, the leading rebel alliance member who valiantly participated in the violent struggle against the Galactic Empire, to life way back in 1977. His gritty performance, not only brought him widespread accolades and changed his life forever, but also, immortalised him in public memory.
However, born to a US Navy Captain named William Thomas Hamill and Virginia Suzanne in Oakland, California, Mark Richard Hamill had to face his fair share of struggle before he landed the iconic role. He began with television and went on to essay several minor roles in shows like ‘General Hospital’, ‘Eight Is Enough’, ‘The Partridge Family’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ among others.
He tasted some early success with well received television films, like ‘Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic’ and ‘The City’. But Hamill was destined to taste unprecedented success on the silver screen and was led to it by good friend and renowned actor Robert Englund, who convinced him to audition for the character of Luke Skywalker, which he thought was tailor made for Hamill. The audition landed him the role of the protagonist in George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ and he went on to essay the role in two successive sequels titled ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and the ‘Return of the Jedi’.
The trilogy was not only immensely successful, but also effectively changed the face of the film industry and made Hamill a star to look out for. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films conferred Hamill with the Best Actor award for his laudable performance in the two sequels and he went on to reprise the role in the radio dramatisations of the 1st two ‘Star Wars’ films.
Not wanting to be restricted to the science fiction genre, Hamill began to dabble with different kinds of roles, not only on the silver screen, but also, on stage and television. Before landing ‘Star Wars’, Hamill had tried his hand at voice acting with a Saturday morning cartoon titled ‘Jeanie’ in which he lent his voice to a character called Corey Anders. After the success of the film, during his experimenting phase he returned to voice acting, and it was here that he bagged the second iconic role of his life in 1992.
He lent his voice to the Joker in the DC Comic’s ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, a role that established him as a bonafide villain and which he continues to essay till date. Hamill also voiced a host of video games, like the ‘Wing Commander’ series and ‘Squadron 42’ to name a few. Moreover, he forayed into directing with a mockumentary titled ‘Comic Book: The Movie’ in which he played a character who is an ardent admirer of comic books, which in his own words, was an exaggerated version of himself. The film brought him the award for Best Live Action DVD Premiere Movie at the DVD Exclusive Awards in 2005.
Life completed a full circle for Hamill in 2014, when he returned to the Star Wars universe, but this time through voice acting. He voiced the character of Darth Banes, the legendary Sith Lord in the animated series titled ‘The Clone Wars’. However, this is not it, for Hamill also made a grand comeback to the Star Wars film series in 2015, with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in which he reprised the now aged character of Luke Skywalker.
As of 2017, Hamill appears in the recurring role of the Trickster on the CW series ‘The Flash’. He has 6 siblings, 2 brothers named Will and Patrick and 4 sisters named Terry, Jan, Jeanie and Kim. He is happily married to dental hygienist Marilou York whom he married in 1978. The couple has 3 children named Nathan, Griffin and Chelsea Elizabeth Hamill.
Education: Owing to his father’s navy career, Hamill and his siblings had to change a number of schools throughout their formative years. He received his elementary education from Walsingham Academy and then attended the Poe Middle School before his family relocated to San Diego, California, where he enrolled into the Hale Junior High School at the age of 11. He then studied at James Madison High School before shifting to Virginia, where he attended the Annandale High School. During his junior year his father’s job took them to Japan, where he joined the Nile C. Kinnick High School from where he went on to finally complete his graduation in 1969. He later studied drama at the Los Angeles City College.
Mark Hamill Net Worth
The estimated total net worth of Mark Hamill is $7.2 million, a fortune that he has amassed over a career spanning half a century in which he has successfully played various roles, both on screen and in life. Apart from his embellished acting career, Hamill has tasted considerable success in voice acting, writing, producing and directing.
Hamill owns a luxurious BMW and resides in a lavish sea facing mansion in Malibu.
Hamill has not only made a fortune through acting and voice acting, but has also struck gold with his brilliant writing. The self-proclaimed comic enthusiast has co-written a comic book miniseries titled ‘The Black Pearl’ which has been published by Dark Horse Comics. He has also written several amazing stories for the Simpsons Comics.
Apart from the ‘Star Wars’ series, Hamill has acted in a variety of films belonging to a wide range of genres. Some of them include ‘Corvette Summer’ (1978) and WW2 film ‘The Big Red One’ (1980), ‘The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (1981), ‘Britannia Hospital’ (1982), ‘Slipstream’ (1989), ‘Midnight Ride’, ‘The Guyver’ (1991), ‘Village of the Damned’ (1995), a Swedish action film ‘Hamilton’ (1998), ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back’ (2001), a Hungarian live action film ‘Thelomeris’ (2011), British horror film ‘Airborne’, ‘Sushi Girl’ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (2015).
Apart from ‘The Flash’, he has also had several other guest appearances in television shows, like ‘Muppet Show’ (1980), ‘Amazing Stories’ (1986), ‘The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ (1987), ‘MADtv’, ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’, ‘Just Shoot Me!’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘Chuck’ (2011), ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘The Neighbours’.
His embellished stage career includes spirited performances in plays, like ‘The Elephant Man’ (1979), Amadeus (1983), ‘Harrigan N Hart’ (1985), ‘Room Service’ (1986), ‘The Nerd’ (1987-88) and ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ (2003).
Apart from the Joker, Hamill has voiced a number of other popular characters in various animated series, like ‘Batman: The Killing’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Regular Show’.
Hamill has been constantly in the news, thanks to the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ film titled ‘The Last Jedi’ which is set to release this December.
Over a career spanning about 50 years, Hamill has not only amassed experience and wealth, but has also established himself as one of the most sought after actors that the world has ever seen. With the renewed ‘Star Wars’ franchise, the future holds much promise for Hamill.