Maril Hamill was born on September 25, 1951 in Oakland, CA. åÊHe was raised near naval bases in Norfolk, Virginia one can presume. åÊHis father was a captain in the U.S. Navy. åÊCaptain in the navy is equivalent in rank to “full-bird” Colonel in the army. åÊIt was one rank below the 1 star rank of Rear Admiral (1-star General in the army). åÊThat mean that Hamill and his six siblings traveled a bit most likely growing up. åÊHamill did attend high school in Japan and was in the drama club. åÊAfter high school Hamill went Los Angeles City College and majored in drama.
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Hamill’s first gig was doing voice work on Jeannie a Saturday morning cartoon. åÊThe actor made his screen debut onåÊThe Bill Cosby Show not to be confused withåÊThe Cosby Show. åÊHe also had a regular role onåÊGeneral Hospital. åÊA big break came when Hamill played the oldest son David on the pilot ofåÊEight is Enough. åÊHowever, the actor was cast inåÊStar Wars and asked to be released from his contract. åÊThe network did not grant the request thinking a movie star would make the T.V. show more successful. åÊThey finally did have to replace Hamill after he got in a car accident and was not able to make the taping. åÊHamill’s longtime friend Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) was auditionin foråÊApocalypseåÊNowåÊand saw auditions foråÊStar WarsåÊtaking place nearby. åÊHe told Hamill he should audition, and the rest is history.
Of course perhaps few people have had their life defined by a role more than Hamill is defined by his role as LukeåÊSkywalker in Star Wars. åÊHamill described that he became more of an Icon like Mickey Mouse in a People Magazine interview. åÊHowever, Hamill is also a very prolific voice over actor most notably for his part as the maniacal åÊJoker. åÊMark Hamill as Luke Skywalker is on the cover of some editions of Joseph Campbell’s landmark workåÊThe Hero With a Thousand FacesåÊwhich partly inspired Lucas to createåÊStar Wars.åÊ
When Hamill moved to L.A to attend City College he lived in a gardener’s shed for $55 a month and worked as a janitor, copyboy, and soda jerk. åÊFor his part inåÊThe Bill Cosby Show he was paid $300. åÊHis break inåÊStar WarsåÊactually netted him an impressive $650,000 – a lot for 1977. The actor was paid $1,000 per week during filming and one quarter of one percent (25 basis points) of the profits to make up the difference. åÊIf he received the same deal for Empire Strikes Back, and our guess he was received more, he would have been paid about $1,250,000 which is 1/4 of 1 percent of the approximated worldwide profit for the film. åÊIn Malibu where the actor lives with his wife and three children he has been seen driving a “luxury” BMW. åÊAlso the actor has signed on for Star Wars VIIåÊso his net worth could even double depending on how much he is paid for his role in the sure to be block buster hit directed by JJ Abrams.