Mark Hamill is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy - La guerre des étoiles (1977), L'empire contre-attaque (1980), and Le retour du Jedi (1983) - a role he reprised in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - Les derniers Jedi (2017). He also starred and co-starred in the films Corvette Summer (1978), Au-delà de la gloire (1980), and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Hamill's extensive voice acting work includes a long-standing role as the Joker, commencing with Batman (1992). Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne (Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, a captain in the United States Navy. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College and made his acting debut on The Bill Cosby Show (1969). He played a recurring role (Kent Murray) on the soap opera Hôpital central (1963) and co-starred on the comedy series The Texas Wheelers (1974). Released on May 25, 1977, La guerre des étoiles (1977) was an enormous unexpected success and made a huge impact on the film industry. Hamill also appeared in Au temps de la guerre des étoiles (1978) and later starred in the successful sequels L'empire contre-attaque (1980), and Le retour du Jedi (1983). For both of the sequels, Hamill was honored with the Saturn Award for Best Actor given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for the radio dramatizations of both "Star Wars" (1981) and "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983). For the radio dramatization of "Return of the Jedi" (1996), the role was played by a different actor.