Thursday, March 9th is officially Mark Hamill Day in Hollywood. Today, the actor best known for playing Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ Star Wars Trilogy, received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hamill is a veteran of the stage and screen having been in six Broadway productions, numerous movies and television shows, and has lent his voice to dozens of animated characters, including the Joker.
Among those in attendance were George Lucas and Harrison Ford along with The Last Jedi co-stars, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billie Lourd. Hamill’s family (and dogs) were there as were five of his six siblings. Lucas and Ford spoke at the ceremony. Lucas said, “Mark Hamill is a character that can’t be written. He is extremely enthusiastic about everything he does and that’s exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for Luke Skywalker.” Ford remarked on how he prepared for the day by “going back and looking at the screen test that I did with Mark, and I was surprised actually…how good he was.” He also reflected on Carrie Fisher’s absence saying, “I was really sorry that we don’t have the other member of our trio here to celebrate with us, but I feel her presence.”
Hamill then spoke expressing much gratitude for his fans and the audience and for the massive recognition. He joked, “I haven’t been this speechless since The Force Awakens…but let’s face it, if it weren’t for genius of George Lucas I wouldn’t be standing here today.”
Hamill received the 2,630th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which can be found near the El Capitan Theatre.