Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, is celebrating his 60th birthday. The movie turned him from a little-known actor to a film icon. He will always be known as the young man who saved a princess.
As an actor, his work in Star Wars remains to be his greatest accomplishment, and most people in the film industry never get that iconic recognition that he achieved so early on in his career.
In an effort to honor his birthday, we wanted to tell you more about Mark. His father (not Darth Vador) was a captain in the United States Navy that kept him moving to difference places. As a child, he moved to California, Virginia, New York and Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College and made his acting debut on the original “Bill Cosby Show” in 1970.
Hamill played a continuing role as Kent Murray in TVs “General Hospital” and co-starred in the respected TV comedy series “The Texas Wheelers” in 1974. His real rise to fame began with the Star Wars franchise from 1977 to 1983.
He was also in a serious car accident in 1977, just one day before Hamill was set to shoot a remaining scene for the movie. He fractured his nose and left cheekbone that required seven hours of surgery. As a result of the accident, a double was used for the “landspeeder” pickup shots.
Mark was set to play a role in the TV series “Eight Is Enough” before playing Luke Skywalker with George Lucas. He asked to be released from the contract so that he could be part of the movie project instead. Hamill, who turns 60 today, felt that it would be a huge success. Mark, happy 60th birthday.