Mark Hamill is not just an actor; he's also a producer, writer, and director. Though he’s best known as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series, he has successfully established an impressive career for himself.
He has made a name in the world of theatre production and voice acting. So, how does this bring millions to Mark Hamill’s name? Find out here!
The Start of Mark Hamill’s Successful Acting Career
After graduating high school in Japan, the then-young actor attended Los Angeles City College to study acting.
He started appearing on TV and experienced early success with his recurring role in General Hospital, intending to build an acting career. He then led the sitcom The Texas Wheelers and was a guest in several TV series, like The Bill Cosby Show, The Partridge Family, and One Day at a Time.
From there, he played the role of a lifetime, Luke Skywalker, in the Star Wars franchise.
Mark Hamill’s Iconic Star Wars Character
Mark Hamill got out of his Eight is Enough contract and did the first Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. He strongly believed this project would be a success and the first film was out in 1977.
He became one of the most successful and famous actors in the world overnight. This gave his acting career a bright future, and he reprised his role in the two movie sequels, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.
The trilogy didn’t just do well at the box office; it also earned Mark Hamill Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Though he wasn’t part of the prequel films, Star Wars Episodes I, II and III, he returned to the franchise by voicing the role of Darth Bane in The Clone Wars, earning him a Daytime Emmy Award.
In 2015, he reprised his role as Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens and returned for The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
So how much did he earn from these movies?
His salary for A New Hope was reported as $650,000. He also received a quarter of the movie’s backend profits.
He then earned millions of dollars for returning to the franchise in The Force Awakens, about $3 million.
Mark Hamill’s Life after Star Wars
Though many have identified Mark Hamill as his Luke Skywalker role, he tried to break the mold by doing other movies. He did Corvette Summer, The Big Red One, The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia and Britannia Hospital.
However, he found his true “blank slate” in theatre and became an established Broadway actor in the 1980s.
He still made movies and TV series, though, and continued his voice acting works, making him famously known as the voice of The Joker and other comic villains.
With his impressive works, Mark Hamill has made himself $18 million net worth, per Celebrity Net Worth.
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