We all know Mark Hamill as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars movies. His contribution to these blockbuster cult films will forever be remembered and watched over and over again. But we believe Mark Hamill’s contribution to other film projects should not be forgotten, and credit and applause needs to be given where it is due. It’s Mark’s voice that has contributed more to the filming entertainment industry than his role as Luke Skywalker.
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to him and why we haven’t seen him on more blockbuster movies since Star Wars, then wonder no more, because his voice is used in more TV-Series, Animated Films, and Games than one could possibly imagine.
He is one of the most prolific voice-over actors around. Mark’s early career (before Star Wars) included voicing the character Corey Anders on the Saturday morning cartoon Jeannie by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Below is a clip of the cartoon. Corey (Hamill) is the dude with the dark brown hair
Enter the Joker…
Most commonly Mark is known for his role as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, its various spin-offs, and the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. He also voiced the Joker in three episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, five episodes of The New Batman Adventures, five episodes of Justice League an episode of Static Shock and a few segments in Robot Chicken. He also voiced the Joker in the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) and the direct-to-video film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000).
Forget Heath Ledger, we can truly say that Why Mark Hamill IS the Joker. Here’s a few clips from his Joker voice-over work:
His acclaim for the Joker role has led to other super-villain roles in other animated series, including the Gargoyle in the animated series of The Incredible Hulk, theHobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Maximus in Fantastic Four, Captain Stickybeard in Codename: Kids Next Door, and the deranged shock jock anchorman Dr. Jak in Phantom 2040.
He even parodied his Joker role in the Tom & Jerry Kids episode “Droopy Man Returns,” and in the Animaniacs episode “The Cranial Crusader”, as Johnny Bad-Note. He voiced Py-Ro in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Dr. Julius Pendecker in The Tick, and Niju the Evil Wolf in Balto II: Wolf Quest.
For a full list of all his work, check his IMDB page. Has Mark faded away since his Star Wars days? Never! On the Contrary, His contribution and work since his Star Wars days should be applauded, respected and admired for ages to come!
Photo’s credited to artists Greg Capullo and Lee Bermejo. See more of their amazing work in our Top Comic Book Artists Set 1, Set 2, and Set 3.