It’s easy to see Mark Hamill in a movie or TV show and immediately say or think : Luke Skywalker. Honestly, how could you not? Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope came out in 1977 and recently picked up (sorry for the spoiler!) in Mandolin. It’s a testament to the longevity of this character that he probably could have spent a lifetime working on Luke Skywalker alone. But Hamill didn’t. Nor was he satisfied with not having a career like that of his Star Wars co-star, Harrison Ford. What Hamill did was work… a lot.
With over 350 roles to his name (and probably more), this unique and versatile actor has worked both in front of and behind the camera. In the process, he has lent his talents to some of the most famous movies and television shows of the last five decades! But despite his many roles in different genres, Mark Hamill is literally synonymous with Luke Skywalker. But be prepared to get your wig back when we give you Mad Mark Hamill Raleigh, who is not Luke Skywalker.
John Carpenter body bags
Hamill plays the role of Brent Matthews in this 1993 film by horror legends John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. He is a baseball player who was involved in a serious car accident where his eyes were gouged out. Matthews doesn’t want his baseball career to end, so he gets an eye transplant. The only problem is that it was the eye of a serial killer! As you can imagine, it changes Matthews and Hamill, and they handle their psychosis well. A classic and ironic story unfolds, somewhat reminiscent of Roger Corman’s X: The man with the X-ray eyes. Body Bags is a hidden gem from the early 90s, and if you’ve never seen it, it should definitely show Mark Hamill in a different light.
What we do in the shade
Playing the role of Jim Vampire in this FX comedy/horror/sitcom (how else can I describe this series?), Mark Hamill plays Matt Berry’s nemesis, Laszlo Cravensworth. Honestly, if you need a vampire to play a role in a series about vampire life on Staten Island, who better than Mark Hamill to play the part? As Jim, he is certainly up to the task and seeing Hamill in this role is just interesting and extremely entertaining. For an actor who could become a leading man, Hamill seems to really appreciate the place his varied and ubiquitous career has taken him.
If you don’t use the original voice of Chucky Brad Durif, who better than Mark Hamill to sing a killer doll in 2019? Honestly, Hamill does a fantastic job of reviving this iconic character. Hamill (and the entire cast) seem to be in on the joke as an icon playing an icon, but none of it seems melodramatic or country. Instead, Hamill delves into the strange nature that Durif has so successfully exploited to make this murderous puppet his own. Hamill is so solid in this telling role that one doesn’t even feel the need to compare him to Dourif. Hamill brings his unique gifts and distinction to a film that is much more than a reboot.
In the role of James Jesse, aka the Trickster, Hamill seems to enjoy every minute of his attempts to kill the Flash (Grant Gustin). If you like psychopaths with a glint in their eye, a smile and a penchant for genuine psychosis, then Hamill’s performance as James Jesse is exactly what you’re looking for. He’s completely insane because he commits terrorist attacks at will and tries to kill The Flash every time. Hamill has a strong tendency to freak out and seems to have lost himself again in this emblematic character. Because this is a superhero movie, we know that Flash will never die. This doesn’t mean he won’t do everything in his power to destroy his main enemies.
In that brief but memorable role in the 2014 Kingsman: Secret Service, Mark Hamill is as solid as Professor James Arnold. The plot of this film is that of a super spy recruiting a new recruit as he tries to outwit a technical wizard who plans to use global warming to wipe out most of the world’s population. Hamill’s character is important to the action, but he dies quickly when a chip explodes in his body, killing him. It’s another Mark Hamill, more discreet, and in fact reminiscent of some of his works in this very, very distant galaxy. Even though he’s only on screen for a short time, there’s something to be said for the way Hamill literally immerses himself in this character. His performance is so subtle that ordinary fans may not even notice that he is the one making the first move.
Star Wars: Clone Wars
The Star Wars universe is so big that someone who has been in six movies can now play a completely different role. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an animated series in which, as in the other Star Wars films, Anthony Daniels plays the voice of C-3PO. In Star Wars: As part of the Clone Wars, the Jedi Knights will face off against a mega army of Droids. This show is set in the Star Wars interval: Episode II – Clone Attack and Star Wars: Episode III is Revenge of the Sith, and Hamill portrays the Sith’s Lord Dark Bane in a very menacing way. A very nuanced character, we see Darth Bane focus both on strengthening the Sith at all costs and defeating the Jedi Order. Hamill is packed with great moments and shows an amazing ability to bring this character to life with the true amount of foreshadowing he has gained through his affinity for this franchise.
Around a huge metal band called Dethklok, we see them struggle with fame, fortune and a government organization that hopes to wipe them off the face of the earth. Hamill plays Senator Stampinston. He informs the Tribunal, a government group that wants to rid the world of Detklok. Stamplington gives the facts about this evil government group and also suggests many ways to eliminate them. The role is very ironic, Detclock makes the senator seem much worse than he really is. This role is equally interesting, and even though Hamill isn’t one of the leads here, he always manages to make his mark on everything the senator says or does. A truly original series and Hamill seems perfectly adapted to live in this world.
Again, Hamill is not the star of the show (his role in 2012 is more of a guest star), but that makes his role as a doodle clown and drill sergeant all the more impressive. Everyone knows the story of Scooby Doo. Fred (Frank Welker), Velma (Mindy Cohn), Daphne (Gray Griffin), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby do their best to solve the various mysteries surrounding Crystal Cove. They are joined by the vocal talents of Hamill, Gary Cole, Lewis Black and Vivica A. Fox, to name a few. As in Metalocalypse, Hamill delivers an impressive performance, even if he works a bit under the radar here. But it’s his ability to work as a team in this way that really helps Scooby-Doo! Monsters Incorporated shines and showcases Hamill’s contribution to the role well.
In this 1993 semi-pro story, Hamill plays the role of Michael Raynor. It’s a 2022 man trying to stop an alien attack before it happened in 1992. The only problem is that there is an agency within the government that wants nothing more than to see Raynor dead. What follows is a futuristic (at the time of release), time-limited film that features Mark Hamill in his next role as Luke Skywalker. Time Runner is a movie about big ideas. He imagines time portals, a future influenced by the past, and all the usual tropes we’re used to in time travel movies. Hamill also has strong scenes with Rae Dawn Chong. She plays the role of a scientist who tries to educate her about the threat of an alien attack.
Jay and Silent Bob take revenge
Given director Kevin Smith’s blatant imagination, how could Mark Hamill not be involved? In this movie, Jay and Silent Bob go to Hollywood to ruin a movie based on a comic book about them. Alongside actors like Ben Affleck, Eliza Dushku, Will Ferrell and Judd Nelson (among others), Mark Hamill fits the role of Rooster perfectly. He’s kind of a villain, fighting Jay and Silent Bob in a movie that rattles off everything scientology (including the holy grail of Star Wars). The best part about it is that not only is Hamill in it, but the movie is in it, and when he refers to the Jedi masters, everything becomes clear in this crazy, wacky movie. Congratulations to Mark Hamill for the opportunity to make fun of himself!
Hamill actually plays multiple roles in this revolutionary stop-motion animation show. Among these roles are Chucky (who could be a precursor to a future actor), Howard Cunningham from Happy Days and Iron Man! Some of you may not be happy that Robot Chicken is on that list. Why? Because he does the voice of Luke Skywalker in some episodes. But if you know anything about Robot Chicken, you realize that the devastated spirits behind this series clearly sent this character. Hamill may not be the centerpiece of the entire series, which has been running since 2005, but he certainly has his place here, and when you look at his work as a whole, it’s even more apparent.
Spider-Man: cartoon series
This well-made series ran from 1994 to 1998, and Hamill used his singing talents to play the role of Hobgoblin (among others). This gruff character is vividly embodied by Hamill’s various vocal styles. The Goblin is connected to the story of the Green Goblin and haunts everything Spider-Man (Christopher Daniel-Barnes) tries to do. Sharing Jason MacAndale’s dual identity, the Imp comes with a CIA training (translation? An Imp can do damage). It’s a very layered and nuanced role that Hamill has to play. Hobgoblin is an interesting character because he really has no conscience. It’s a mixture of technology and real magic. He adds even more nuance to this character and is finally part of a very long list of villains that Hamill makes his own.
Batman: The Anime Series, Justice League and Superman Cartoon Series
How nice that Mark Hamill plays the Joker in each of these series! Okay, maybe it’s easy to think of what Hamill did here as a speaking role and not what Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger or Joaquin Phoenix did. Well, you’re wrong because the Joker character, although he has no story to tell in the various series, is in fact well defined and connected to each of them. So, while other actors were playing this world famous villain in a movie, Hamill started playing the Joker and NEVER stopped. The cohesion that Hamill brings to the role is enhanced by the animation style. It’s retro in a way, but also very close to the time in which it was made. Hamill, on the other hand, seems to really enjoy bringing this cunning creature to life, and it shows in every shot he flies.
Village of the damned
It’s a rather modest role for Hamill, and the fact that he’s been in another John Carpenter film makes it even scarier. The story of the Village of the Damned is that of a town populated by mysteriously pregnant women. Thanks to an agreement with the government, the babies are being kept for research purposes, as no one can know how many were planned. Well, kids grow up, and when they start showing signs of harm, you can’t ignore it anymore. Hamill plays Reverend George. In that role, he killed children. Without giving too much away, it’s not good for his character. While the role is clearly one of supporting variety, it’s still interesting to see Hamill play such a character. The fact that Disney later bought Star Wars (a company not known for killing children) only makes it weirder.
Dark Crystal: Age of resistance
Another Netflix casualty, this season’s epic unfortunately didn’t have time to develop. Hamill, in the role of SkecTek, brings the voice of a research director working for the evil Skexis. All the lure of black crystal: The Age of Resistance is allied with a race known as the Gelflings, who seek to overthrow the oppressive Skexis Empire. The fact that Hamill plays the mad scientist responsible for maintaining Skexis’ power structure further enhances the series and Hamill’s performance. Throughout his career, he has played against the man in many ways. It is often easier to return to familiar roles. Hamill legitimately played against the odds, which made his career choices (and by proxy roles like scientist) all the more interesting.
Alfred Hitchcock presents
In this 1987 television series, Hamill plays the role of Danny Carlyle. Titled Man on the Edge, Hamill plays a man who wants to end his life by jumping out of a hotel window. Michael Ironside plays most of the series opposite him as Lieutenant Rick Muldoon. What takes place during this half-hour show is essentially a one-act play in which Muldoon tries to understand why Carlyle wants to end his life. At the same time, he must prevent Carlisle from having his worst impulses. As you can imagine, things reveal themselves in both characters, and (because it’s Alfred Hitchcock’s The Real) nothing happens as you’d think. Frankly, in the vast canon of Hamill’s work, what essentially amounts to a short film really offers us some of his best work.
In this classic film, directed by Hollywood icon Samuel Fuller, Lee Marvin leads a group of men in several gruesome battles during World War II. Hamill plays Private Griff. He is a soldier doing his job and trying to survive the war. In addition to Marvin’s formidable performance, Hamill is joined by Robert Carradine in the role of Private Zab (who is a replacement of sorts for Samuel Fuller). What really sets Hamill apart in this film is the way he approaches being a soldier. One would think that with all the experience he gained fighting the Empire, he would be able to show some of this style in a film about a real war. That it can be hard not to see him in the role he’s best known for. To Hamill’s credit, this never comes to light. As a soldier of Griff, he is literally a man in a strange world, using both his training and instincts to survive. Lee Marvin delivers a classic performance in this film, and frankly, Hamill doesn’t undercut him.
After George Lucas’ rise to superstardom, it looks like Mark Hamill will eventually work with Steven Spielberg on something (even if he was just an executive producer). In the episode Acorns Gathering, Hamill plays the role of Jonathan. He is a character who, at an impressionable age, follows the advice of a troll (David Rappaport) to follow his dreams. Jonathan does this and soon discovers in his life that following a heart can be great, but there are practical things to consider. It’s hard not to wonder if Spielberg would have made some kind of exploration of his life by making an episode like this). Regardless, Hamill delivers an impressive performance here as a character who must reverse his life choices. Amazing Stories is a series that, despite its 2 seasons, doesn’t seem to be appreciated as much as it should have been. Gather Ye Acorns may not be It’s A Wonderful Life, but it’s a very well-received episode (which also features a nice accent from Forest Whitaker), and it manages to showcase even more variety from the 35-year-old Mark Hamill.
Hamill has reinvented himself so many times in his career that it seems like a joke that he’s now making a movie called Summer of the Corvette. These days, he plays a young high school student (Hamill was 27 at the time) under the name Kenneth W. Dentley Jr. on the trail of a stolen Corvette. This leads him to Sin City, where he begins a relationship with Vanessa (Annie Potts), a prostitute. Corvette Summer is a hilarious 1970 film, Eat My Dust, directed by Roger Corman. Corvette Summer is an original and fun story that will make you appreciate the characters and make you want to see how things turn out for them. Hamill and Potts have strong chemistry, which also helps make Corvette Summer a very exciting race. Hamill certainly shows that he has leadership qualities in all genres.
Hamill must have enjoyed working with a legend like Rod Serling on a series like Night Gallery. Honestly, given the 20-second role Hamill plays here as Francis (the bellhop), they probably didn’t spend much time together. The episode Hamill starred in is called No More McBans. This part of the episode of Night Gallery is about a young man who is in danger of being cut off from his rich uncle’s money. There is no way a cousin could be lured to the satanic underworld to summon a creature to kill his uncle. As I mentioned, Hamill plays a very small part in the action, but his on-screen presence adds a lot to the terrifying setting of the Night Gallery. At one point he has to laugh at the person he’s delivering for. Hamill does it in such a way that everything that happens in the show seems to be an evil inner joke…. just a little out of the ordinary. Hamill’s first solid documents that helped change cinema.
Looking at the Partridge family, young Mark Hamill seems perfect for such a singing show, doesn’t he? In 1971, this series gave us a 20-year-old Hamill as Jerry. Apparently Lori (Susan Day) thinks Jerry is going to ask her to be his girlfriend. Then Lori gets braces and it ruins her life. Everything in this episode (the whole series, in fact!) is supposed to be fun and light. Everything works out in the end. Hamill is across the street, in his beautiful youth, unburdened. Honestly, it’s good here because they don’t do these kinds of shows anymore. Seeing Hamill take a bizarre new turn is certainly a boost for the excellent actor he has become in his illustrious career.
The Incredible Hulk
In this animated series from the late 1990s, Hamill even plays the characters Gargoyle and Tong Zing. While his work isn’t much different from that of a character like the Joker, the cool thing about it is that the Gargoyle was actually an ally of Bruce Banner from The Incredible Hulk. Gargoyle is interesting because he is imperfect in many ways, but at the same time understands that he needs to change. Tong Jing is part of the royal family (his full name is King Tong Jing) and is quite a discreet character for Gamil. Tong Ching, a truly impressive specimen, was something of a blank slate, and Hamill was delighted to be able to complete the various shades. While they are not the vocal performances the actor is known for, they are still important to his work.
General Hospital has been on the air since 1963, until today! This soap opera has stood the test of time as it follows the events of a busy hospital in Port Charles, NY. As Kent Murray, Hamill plays a man who, due to circumstances, must go live with his aunt (and sister) after their father leaves death row. Hamill didn’t really reinvent the wheel with this role, but it would have been difficult to do so given the constraints of daytime television. He only played the role of Kent for about ten episodes, but nothing in his performance suggests that Hamill was not an actor himself at the time. Again, this proves he’s capable of doing the job he did on a show like this. Mark Hamill clearly had something up his sleeve as a performer, as he would soon take on a role that would completely change his life, cinema and modern science fiction.
frequently asked questions
What else was Mark Hamill?
The filmography of Mark Hamill – Wikipedia
Which two roles did Mark Hamill play in The Last Jedi?
Hamill plays a character named Dobbu Shkai in The Last Jedi, who can be seen in a casino. Skye is an alien with a monocle who takes on BB-8 for a slot machine and then scoops him up in the face.
How did Mark Hamill get the role of Luke Skywalker?
Robert Englund was auditioning for the role in Apocalypse Now when he ran down the hall to audition for the role of George Lucas in Star Wars. After watching the auditions for a while, he realized that his friend Hamill would be perfect for the role of Luke Skywalker.
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