On September 25, 2015, Mark Hamill celebrated his 64th birthday and his acting career is as busy as ever. In the film industry, this year has been extremely kind to Hamill. In 2015, he has film and television releases of three iconic characters he has played before, including one that launched him into instant fame.
Thus far, there have already been releases of Hamill as two DC comics villains this year. He has portrayed the Trickster in CW's The Flash and The Joker in the video game Arkham Knight, both whom are characters he has played in the past. Hamill originally portrayed The Trickster in the first TV series of CBS' The Flash in 1991. It is interesting to note that Hamill's role of The Trickster in the 2015 version of The Flash does have some fun facts. The new CW's version of The Flash is a reboot of the original TV series with a new actor (Grant Gustin). Ironically, Mark Hamill plays the exact same villain, Trickster, in real time of 24 years later. In this episode, Hamill also stars alongside the original TV Flash actor, John Wesley Shipp, whom plays the father of the current TV version of The Flash.
Hamill has also reprised the animated version of Trickster in 2015 as Trickster's voice in Lego DC Super Heroes: Justice League-Attack of the Legion of Doom! He had originally voiced the animated version of The Trickster in the animated TV series Justice League.
When it comes to voice acting, no other person has voiced one of DC comics oldest villains, The Joker, more than Mark Hamill has. For the animated versions of The Joker in movies, television series, and video games, Mark Hamill is the most often heard voice for this iconic DC villain.
First taking on the role of voicing The Joker in 1992 in Batman: The Animated Series, Hamill has went on to portray the villain's voice in five TV series, four animated movies, eight video games, and two video shorts. Returning to voicing the Arkham video game series, Hamill once again voiced The Joker for the video game, Arkham Knight, released the summer of 2015. He also provided his voice for The Joker in both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The newest project for Hamill as The Joker's voice will be released in 2016 in the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke.
The most recognizable character portrayed by Mark Hamill is by far Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars film franchise. Long before anyone knew who Mark Hamill was as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' Star Wars universe, he was getting small parts in television roles. Up until the starring role as Skywalker in Star Wars, his role as Doobie Wheeler in The Texas Wheelers was the most notable. It wasn't until Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street), who had been at the auditions for Star Wars, recommended to Mark Hamill to audition for Luke Skywalker, that Hamill's career went up. After auditioning for the role, Hamill got the part and the rest is cinematic history. Mark Hamill won the role for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the character became a science fiction legend.
When Return of The Jedi of the original Star Wars trilogy concluded, there were no expectations that Luke Skywalker would ever return for another Star Wars movie. However, in what is one of the most anticipated films in the past 30 years, Mark Hamill returns to portray Luke Skywalker in the seventh film of the Star Wars franchise in The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
As far as time gaps of when he first acted as the characters Hamill has reprised, and the last, Luke Skywalker has the most length of time.
Below is a list of the length of time when Mark Hamill first portrayed a character and the last time he portrayed a character.
Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (First: 1977). The Force Awakens (Last: 2015). 38 year difference. 2015 will be the first time in 32 years Mark Hamill has portrayed Skywalker, last seen in Return of the Jedi in 1983.
The Trickster in The Flash (First: 1991). The Flash (Last: 2015). 24 year difference. 2015 will be the first time Mark Hamill has portrayed The Trickster since he voiced the character in the animated Justice League TV series.
- The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (First: 1992). Batman: The Killing Joke (Last: 2016). 24 year difference. 2016 will only have a year's difference since the last time Mark Hamill portrayed The Joker was in Arkham Knight in 2015.
When it comes to role reprisals for any actor, 2015 has definitely been the year for Mark Hamill. Whether it's Luke Skywalker, The Trickster, or The Joker in the past or present, all of those iconic characters have been portrayed by Mark Hamill with acting brilliance.