Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor and writer best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series.
After watching the auditions for a while, he realized that Hamill, his friend, would be perfect for the role of Luke Skywalker.
He suggested to Hamill that he audition for the role; Hamill did, and won the role.
Released in May 1977, Star Wars was an enormous unexpected success and made a huge impact on the film industry.
Hamill also appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978 and later starred in the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Englund stated "Mark now – they've got Mark in the gym, because Mark's coming back as Luke Skywalker.
They've got him doing his sit-ups." It was previously reported that both Hamill and Fisher had been assigned nutritionists and personal trainers to work with ahead of production.after which he became a teen idol and appeared on teen magazine covers such as Tiger Beat and others.He attempted to avoid typecasting by appearing in the 1978 film Corvette Summer and the better known 1980 World War II film The Big Red One.For both of the sequels, Hamill was honored with the Saturn Award for Best Actor given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.Hamill reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for the radio dramatizations of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.For the Return of the Jedi radio drama, the role was played by a different actor.