Mark Hamill, voice over actor of cartoon villains

Mark Hamill by Gage Skidmore

Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, producer and writer.

He is known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series. His other works include Corvette Summer (1978) and The Big Red One (1980), among other television shows and movies. Hamill has also appeared on stage in several theater productions, primarily during the 1980s. He currently recurs in the The CW television series The Flash as James Jesse / Trickster, a role he previously portrayed in the CBS’s television series The Flash.

Hamill is a prolific voice actor who has voiced characters in many animated television shows, movies, and video games since the 1970s. He is known for his long-standing role as DC Comics’ the Joker, commencing with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 as well as Skips from the Cartoon Network series Regular Show.

Hamill’s role as the Joker began in the 1992 series Batman: The Animated Series and continued to many later spin-off series, video games and films. Hamill had initially played a guest voice role as corrupt businessman Ferris Boyle in the episode “Heart of Ice.” Out of curiosity from the show’s executives, they had Hamill audition for the role of Joker, after the previous choice Tim Curry was moved out by the company because the executives wanted to hear something new. After Hamill received word that he had earned the role, he experienced an initial panic due to the fact that he wanted to voice a character who “nobody had preconceived notions about,” such as legendary Batman villains Clayface and Dr. Hugo Strange, and because the role of the Joker was too “high profile” in his mind for him to please everyone with his rendition. His portrayal has garnered significant acclaim; the most prominent feature of it is his dynamic use of laughter to express the Joker’s mood. Hamill referred to Joker’s laugh as being like a musical instrument and would practice laughing maniacally while driving to recording sessions. Hamill received critical acclaim for his performance, which put him in high demand as a voice over actor of cartoon villains.

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