Mark Hamill made his acting debut in an episode of the 1970 television series Headmaster, after which he made appearances in a number of sitcoms and dramas until his big screen debut in 1977. Here, starring as a Jedi padawan named Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope, Hamill became a pop and nerd culture juggernaut. While he has reprised his role as Luke on a number of occasions, Hamill has also lent his talents and his voice to hundreds of characters, ranging from the ridiculously comedic to some of the most twisted villains in television history.
Many of Mark Hamill’s roles have gone on to become icons of nerd culture, needing no introduction. His role as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series has gone on to inform the character for decades, and his continued appearances as Luke Skywalker and new roles in modern hits like Fall of the House of Usher and Masters of the Universe: Revelation have ensured the actor’s lasting legacy.
However, with so many roles in his resume, many have been forgotten. With that in mind, here are 15 that you may have forgotten about, representing the breadth of his career in the live-action and animated spheres.
15 The Flash (1990)
Hamill made an appearance in the 2014 CW television series The Flash as an aged, mischief-making villain named the Trickster, but few likely know that this was a reprisal of one of his earliest supervillainous roles. In the 1990 television series The Flash, starring John Wesley Shipp as the titular speedster, Hamill appeared as the Trickster in two episodes of the 1991 season. While he was largely played for laughs in this initial role, his continued work in DC animation allowed him to take another stab at the character in 2006’s Justice League Unlimited, adding a more serious edge to the character in the now iconic episode “Flash and Substance.”
1991’s Trickster Paved the Way for the Character’s Later Reappearances
While many have forgotten the 1990 adaptation of DC’s premier speedster (and for good reason, simply based on camp and costume design alone), Mark Hamill’s role was memorable enough to leave a major impact on DC’s animation and live-action efforts moving forward.
Of course, it helped that Hamill had won himself a great amount of prestige in the time before and after this role, allowing his returns to bring in a number of fans. However, while this version of the Trickster is not one of his more memorable roles, it did go on to inspire two of the most interesting portrayals of the character in live-action and animation, both portrayed by Hamill.
14 Criminal Minds (2013)
While Mark Hamill made his name as one of pop culture’s most recognizable heroes, his career has gone on to include some of the most iconic villains in the industry. One of his most chilling, though, is John Curtis, a.k.a. the Replicator. Starring as the overarching villain in the eighth season of Criminal Minds, Hamill takes on the role of a genius FBI Agent who becomes obsessed with bringing down the BAU after being overlooked for a position with them. After months of stalking the team, Curtis begins mimicking some of their most heinous cases, all in the hopes of getting his revenge on BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss.
Hamill Brought This Sadistic Serial Killer to Gruesome Life
While Curtis was a constant threat throughout the series’ eighth season, Hamill only took over the role in the final two episodes of the arc, namely “Brothers Hotchner” and “The Replicator.” The role helped showcase Hamill’s dramatic skills, playing into his crazed killer personality from his time as the Joker but with a heinous realism undercutting it.
It was also a great step for the series itself, pitting them against a villain that was actively attempting to bring them down. This wasn’t a case with some unknown unsub. This was personal, a threat that thought like they did, and this lead to some truly gruesome and brilliant moments.
13 Knightfall (2019)
History Channel has gone to great lengths to make history accessible in series like Vikings, shows that take in-depth looks at various cultures through dramatic, mostly fictional retellings of real events. The channel gave the same treatment to the Knights Templar in 2017 with Knightfall. Detailing King Phillip IV’s persecution of the Holy Order and Landry du Lauzon’s search for the Holy Grail after the Crusades, the series introduced Mark Hamill in its second season as wizened Templar veteran Talus. Initially introduced as a staunch opponent of Landry’s cause, Talus softened as the season progressed, becoming an ardent ally in the hunt for the Grail.
Hamill was a Perfect Pick for the Veteran Templar, Talus
There are plenty of parallels between Talus and Hamill’s portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, so much so that the older, gruffer, and more cynical Luke in 2017 likely influenced Talus’ portrayal in 2019. A grizzled master, made cynical and harsh due to the hardships in his past, forced to come to the aid of the next generation but only after some convincing?
It’s like the folks at Knightfall hit copy/paste on The Last Jedi’s script and transplanted it into the 14th century. Hamill’s Talus is one of the highlights of the second season, adding a needed voice of reason to balance Landry’s doubt and reckless quest.
- Release Date
- December 6, 2017
- Simon Merrells , Ed Stoppard , Mark Hamill , Jim Carter
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12 The Sandman (2022)
Netflix’s 2022 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic series The Sandman was a smash-hit, astounding viewers with its accuracy to the source material. The series follows Dream, a member of the immortal Endless, who is captured by a human warlock and trapped for 106 years. After finding his freedom, Dream is forced to find his relics of power in order to restore his broken realm. Hamill plays Mervyn Pumpkinhead, a cigar-smoking dream that works as a janitor for Dream’s castle in the Dreaming. While not a major player in the series, Merv’s role is one of comic relief, providing a cynical perspective to this world of bizarre dark fantasy.
Merv was a Welcome Addition to The Sandman’s Fantastical Adventure
While Hamill only voiced a minor character in this series, his role as Merv was welcome in the grand ridiculousness of this story. While he is little more than a living scarecrow with a pumpkin head, Merv plays a more grounded role, helping to ease the viewer into the wackiness with his thick accent and overt cynicism.
It’s a fun blend of many of Hamill’s previous roles, adding another hit of drama and comedy into his prolific voice-acting career, and the positive response to his portrayal likely means that Merv is set to make another, larger appearance in the coming season of the series.
11 Invincible (2021)
While known for his role as Luke Skywalker, much of Mark Hamill’s career has been devoted to voice acting, and the rest of this list reflects that. First is one of his more recent roles as Art Rosenbaum in the Amazon Prime original animated series Invincible, adapted from Robert Kirkman’s groundbreaking comics. Art isn’t a superhero, though his talent as a tailor has placed him at the center of the superhero community. Designing costumes for some of the world’s biggest heroes, Omniman and Invincible among them, Art is one of the most trusted names in superheroic fashion and one of the few that Omniman has trusted with his secrets.
Art Rosenbaum Provides a Human Look at the World of Superheroes
Art Rosenbaum’s role in Invincible is small but important, showing the human cost of Omniman’s betrayal. Art believed himself to be one of Omniman’s closest friends and confidants, so watching his former friend show his true colors wholly devastated the costume designer.
The final few episodes of the first season, where it cuts to Art drowning his sorrows in whiskey, are hard to watch, especially put in the context of the enthusiastic, endlessly friendly persona that Hamill delivers to the role. Hamill does an incredible job telling Art’s story, and while he doesn’t take a starring role, his scenes are still endlessly important to the progression of this story.
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10 The Last Kids on Earth (2019)
Mark Hamill has appeared in a number of Netflix original projects, and one of his more recent roles is one of his lesser-known. In the adaptation of Max Brallier’s kids’ zombie apocalypse novels, The Last Kids on Earth, the world has ended, and five kids are left to fend for themselves and save their town. In the second season, a group of aliens lands on Earth, and the kids are forced to work alongside them to fight a growing monster threat. Among these aliens is Hamill’s character, Bardle. A powerful alien sorcerer and sword fighter, Bardle may be grumpy, but he is a potent resource in the kids’ battle against the Thrull.
Bardle Was Sadly Overlooked During The Last Kids on Earth’s Final Season
Sadly, despite Bardle’s possibilities in The Last Kids on Earth, very little focus has been placed on his character, and with the series’ cancelation after the third season, there is no chance for this powerful sorcerer to make his return. It makes some sense why he was relegated to the background.
He had the potential to be a living deus ex machina, removing all stakes as he devastated Thrull’s forces on his own. However, it would have provided a nice parallel for Bardle to take on more of a mentor role, like some of Hamill’s other major characters. With all of this said, he is still a great character, and the times when he does get the focus are exciting.
9 Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal fantasy film is one of the most beloved classics of the ’80s, showcasing the endless potential of puppeteering in modern storytelling and crafting a rich, dark fantasy world. The 2019 Netflix original prequel, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, excited fans with the prospect of returning to Thra, especially with the series format giving more time to explore the Gelfling’s original rebellion against the Skeksis. Hamill took over for Steve Whitmire as a member of the Skeksis known as Skektek, a cruel scientist who experiments on animals and drains the life essence of Gelflings for his fellow Skeksis.
Skektek Embodies the Best of the Worst of Hamill’s Villainous Roles
There are few actors better suited to capturing wicked villainy than Mark Hamill. His iconic role as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series cemented him as one of the best villainous actors of all time, and his career has continued to include these twisted roles simply because he is so good at them.
Skektek is far from the most recognizable name in his filmography, but the villain still represents the mad villainy for which the actor has become known. His twisted actions, from self-experimentation to the torture of innocent creatures, make him one of the most disturbing villains, as well as one of the most perfectly voiced, in Hamill’s career.
8 Marvel Animated Series
This entry actually covers eight different series in one, as Mark Hamill has shared his voice in several of Marvel’s most popular animated series. First appearing as the villains Triton and Maximus in 1994’s Fantastic Four, Hamill has since made over a dozen appearances across Marvel’s various projects. His most memorable, due to his similarities to the Joker, is likely the Hobgoblin, who appeared in eight episodes of the Spider-Man animated series. His most consistent role, though, has been that of Arnim Zola, playing the robotic Hydra agent in 17 episodes total of Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and 2017’s Spider-Man.
Mark Hamill Has Had a Prolific Career with Marvel
This entry is a bit of a cheat, especially considering how many times Hamill has worked with Marvel Studios, but given that Hamill’s work has become synonymous with DC Comics, it is important to remember that his work isn’t limited by company. Of course, his work at Marvel still carries a villainous tone, with Hamill voicing over a dozen of Marvel’s wickedest evildoers across eight different series.
Of course, he largely got these roles for his portrayal of the Joker, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he has brought his own personal brand of supervillainy to each of these Marvel heavy-hitters in the best possible way.
7 Guillermo Del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia (2016)
In 2016, famed director Guillermo del Toro brought his personal brand of accessibly creepy fairy tales to younger viewers in the Netflix original Tales of Arcadia series. Starting with Trollhunters, the series has expanded through four interconnected stories, all set in the town of Arcadia, as different factions come together to defeat growing threats.
Debuting in the second season of Trollhunters, Hamill plays the role of Dictatious Galadrigal, the cruel older brother of the heroic troll Blinky. Joining with Gunmar, the central antagonist of the series, Dictatious was a constant thorn in the side of the Trollhunters until he was eventually blinded by his brother.
Dictatious is an Incredible Example of the Strength of Del Toro’s Storytelling
One of the most interesting elements of Dictatious’ story is his connection to Blinky. Despite their disagreements, they were close, practicing magic together until Gunmar’s ideals seduced Dictatious. From the first season, we see Blinky’s connection to his brother in his books, many written by Dictatious himself. He was devastated, thinking Dictatious had died in Gunmar’s war, and the growing conflict between them added a great deal of tension to the second season.
If you haven’t seen this animated gem, there are many reasons why Tales of Arcadia has seen so much acclaim, and Mark Hamill’s portrayal of this layered villain represents just one.
6 Regular Show (2010)
Don’t let the name fool you; 2010’s weird comedy super-hit Regular Show is far from ordinary. The series follows the day-to-day adventures of two 23-year-old best friends, the blue jay Mordecai and the raccoon Rigby, as they work as groundskeepers at a local park, and things get weird on a regular basis.
Working alongside them are a varied cast of characters, from the sentient gumball machine Benson, the deceased Hi-Five Ghost, and the immortal yeti Skips, voiced by Hamill. Whenever a problem arises at the park, the crew turns to Skips as the voice of reason, as there isn’t anything he hasn’t faced in his long life.
Skips is a Strange But Welcome Twist for Hamill’s Career
For those who are deeply involved in pop culture, Hamill’s role as Skips shouldn’t be on this list. After all, it is one of his longest-running characters, appearing in 163 episodes. With that said, it is a pretty steep departure from his other roles, meaning that newly introduced viewers may not know that the man behind Luke and the Joker is portraying this gruff, buff yeti.
It’s one of Hamill’s more bizarre roles, but it is also one of his most fun, showing off the comedic range of which the actor is capable. Skips is largely the straight man to Mordecai and Rigby’s more wacky antics, and that character type is perfect for this extremely talented voice-actor.
- Release Date
- September 6, 2010
- Cartoon Network
5 SpongeBob SquarePants (2006)
From one of Hamill’s most prolific roles to one of his smallest (literally and figuratively), we now move on to SpongeBob SquarePants where Hamill portrays the sinister supervillain, the Moth. One of Mermaid-Man and Barnacle Boy’s arch nemeses, this diminutive supervillain only makes one speaking appearance in the entire series. In the fifth season episode “Night Light,” SpongeBob develops a fear of the dark after reading a scary story.
Gathering lights from around Bikini Bottom and beyond, he creates a fear-free zone, but the glowing beacon draws the Moth out of hiding after 57 years.
The Moth is Forgettable Only Because of His Diminished Screen-Time
Much like Skips, the Moth is one of Hamill’s more bizarre roles. The character has made a handful of reappearances throughout the series, mainly as action figures or in background gags, but this fifth season episode is the only one to feature Hamill’s iconic voice. It’s almost a bit of a waste of such an incredible talent, especially considering that the Moth is only on-screen for a couple of minutes, max.
He barely has enough time to make any sort of impact, and even then, he is only there as an end-of-episode goof. It’s such a weird addition to Hamill’s filmography, so it makes sense that most forgot that it even happened.
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Some series don’t make the most of having Mark Hamill in their cast. Others, like Metalocalypse , choose to get as much out of the voice-actor as absolutely possible. Hamill plays three roles throughout the series (Mr. Salacia, Senator Stampingson, and Chef Jean-Pierre) in 56 episodes of the hit series. As Senator Stampingson and Mr. Salacia, he plays two leading roles in the villainous Tribunal, which monitors Dethklok’s activities in fears that the metal band will bring about the Metalocalypse of the title. As Dethklok’s loyal, horribly disfigured French chef Jean-Pierre, though, he plays a far more darkly comedic role as a minor supporting character.
Metalocalypse Lets Hamill Show Off the Full Range of His Voice-Acting Skills
Metalocalypse isn’t meant to be taken all that seriously, as can be deduced by the premise alone, but Hamill does such an incredible job showing off his range here. Chef Jean-Pierre is solely played off for laughs, fitting in with other roles on this list. Meanwhile, Stampingson and Salacia are perfect, comedic twists on his career playing villains, allowing him to lean into the show’s bizarre humor to deliver two of the most insane and hilarious performances of his career.
Metalocalypse definitely isn’t a show for every viewer, but for those who can stomach its very adult content, it has plenty of laughs to share, with Mark Hamill delivering many of them.
- Release Date
- August 6, 2006
- Cartoon Network
3 Codename: Kids Next Door (2002)
For kids who grew up on Cartoon Network’s suite of beloved animated series, Codename: Kids Next Door is a cherished memory, full of thrilling spy-themed adventures. Though the series is often overlooked for classics like Samurai Jack and Ed, Edd, and Eddy, the show gave viewers fast-paced plots and some truly inspired villain designs, but many fans may be surprised to know that Mark Hamill provided his voice to this iconic series. Starring in 14 episodes, Hamill took on the role of Stickybeard, a pirate who sailed the streets and stole candy from children alongside his crew of sweet-toothed sailors.
Stickybeard Was a Staple of Many Childhoods
While Codename: Kids Next Door hasn’t retained the same fan base as its contemporaries, that doesn’t change the fact that it was one of the most well-produced kids’ comedy series at the time. Mark Hamill fully gave himself to the role, bringing the gravelly, manic tones that defined his role as the Joker but adding a thick pirate accent that made it feel unique from prior villains.
You can tell from the very first appearance how much fun the voice-actor is having playing this role. Many kids likely didn’t realize that this candy-obsessed pirate was voiced by their favorite Jedi Master, but his character was definitely a highlight.
2 The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999)
The New Woody Woodpecker Show is another example of Mark Hamill simply showing off. He played three roles throughout the course of the series, his most prominent being Woody’s rival and antagonist Buzz Buzzard, as well as Buzz’s right-hand bird Tweaky. That’s right, Hamill played two distinct characters that largely shared the screen together, not unlike his roles as Stampingson and Salacia in Metalocalypse. His third role in the series was as Badger, a seriously creepy mammal that terrified children with its deep, gravelly voice and massive, pointed teeth.
Hamill Got to Show Off His Voice Acting Chops in The New Woody Woodpecker Show
While Woody Woodpecker himself is a pop culture icon, many likely don’t remember The New Woody Woodpecker Show from 1999, as it didn’t have the same impact as other series at the time. That, however, doesn’t diminish Hamill’s incredible triple-duty performance throughout the course of the series.
Of course, he plays another series of villains (though Badger is only sometimes a villain), but he brings such differing personalities to each. He really got to flex his voice-acting chops in the role, and while these three roles didn’t necessarily go down in history, they still allowed Hamill to show why he is one of the best in the business.
1 Time Squad (2001)
A largely forgotten early 2000s gem, Time Squad is a hilarious look at world history. The year is 100 million AD, and the Earth has become a united utopia. In order to maintain this peace, the Time Squad has orders to repair any mishaps in the flow of history, traveling back in time to ensure events happen according to the history books.
On the main team is Larry3000, played by Mark Hamill. Larry was once a diplomat, but after the merging of nations, he was sent to Time Squad to help manage their affairs. An anxious grump, Larry works the computer and ensures the team arrives in the right time periods, despite his lack of historical knowledge.
Time Squad Benefitted from Mark Hamill’s Portrayal of Larry3000
Larry3000 was an incredible addition to the cast of Time Squad, adding a straight man to Tuddrussel’s bumbling. Often the butt of the joke, Larry brought a great deal of humor to the comedy series as he attempted to keep Otto and Tuddrussel on track. It was fun to see Hamill taking a more neurotic role. Most of his characters are so sure of themselves, so to see him getting to act anxious and grumpy was an interesting change of pace.
Time Squad already deserves more attention than it got due to its lighthearted, accessible take on history, but Hamill’s performance helped transform it into a must-watch series for fans of Cartoon Network comedies.
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