Mark Hamill is Stepping Away From Another Iconic Role

THE FALL FROM THE HOUSE OF USHER, Mark Hamill, 'A Midnight Dreary', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired Oct. 12, 2023)
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Mark Hamill has portrayed some incredible characters over the years from Luke Skywalker to Ted Mitchum. Many Batman fans know him as the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, which originally ran from 1992-1995. He reprised the role several times over the years in Batman animated spin-offs but recently shared that he has officially decided to step back from voicing The Joker ever again and his reason is quite sad.

In November 2022, Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman in several projects, passed away. After he died, Hamill confirmed that he did not want to return to voice the DC character without Conroy by his side. He cited the Joker line, “Without Batman, crime has no punchline.”

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, from left: Batman (voice: Kevin Conroy), Summer Gleeson (voice: Mari Devon), The Joker (voice: Mark Hamill), (Season 1), 1992-95

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When Conroy died, Hamill shared, “Kevin was perfection. He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated.” Many fans called Hamill and Conroy’s versions of The Joker and Batman the best in the franchise.

Around the same time, Hamill confirmed that he is also stepping away from playing his Star Wars character Luke Skywalker. He explained, “Well, you never say never, but I just don’t see any reason to. Let me put it that way: I mean, they have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore. I had my time, and that’s good. But that’s enough.”

STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDI, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, 1983

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Despite retiring from two of his longtime gigs, the 72-year-old continues to work regularly. He was recently seen in the TV series Invincible and The Fall of the House of Usher. He also has six upcoming projects on IMDb.

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