The Moment Mark Hamill Knew He Wanted To Be A Voice Actor
BySandy Schaefer/April 5, 2022 11:35 am EDT
If it weren’t for his role as Luke Skywalker in a little franchise called “Star Wars,” Mark Hamill would easily be better-known for the many, many famous characters he’s brought to life as a voice actor than a live-action performer. Moreover, Hamill knew he wanted to do voice acting as a job at a very young age, well before he picked up a lightsaber and piloted an X-Wing fighter for the first time.
Hamill’s voice acting career dates back to the early 1970s, starting with his guest roles on “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” (which, despite what its name suggests, is really a TV show with hour-long episodes). He would later voice Luke in the animated segment of the infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special,” titled “The Story of the Faithful Wookiee,” before lending his vocals to the character for the radio drama versions of “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” Of course, it wasn’t until he voiced Joker on the beloved “Batman: The Animated Series” in the early ’90s that Hamill’s career as a voice actor really took off.
Around the time Hamill started voicing the Clown Prince of Crime, he also branched out into the world of Disney Animation with roles in the cartoon series “Bonkers” and “The Little Mermaid” (a prequel to Disney’s animated movie of the same name). As he told NPR in 2019, the actor was actually inspired to pursue voice-over as a career after watching a Disney TV special about original Donald Duck performer Clarence Nash, making this a case of things coming full-circle:
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