Mark Hamill was honored as a Disney legend at the D23Expo opening Disney Legends Ceremony. Sitting in the audience watching as different entertainment professionals received their Disney Legends awards was sureal. I couldn’t believe that I was there and it was amazing how each person was to incredibly talented.
Mark Hamill is received mixed reviews as he received his award. Many say he shouldn’t have received one because his only contribution to Disney is his role in Star Wars as Luke Skywalker and most of that was part of Lucasfilm before it was ever part of Disney. Well come on people that’s not how this award works. Mark Hamill has an amazing acting record and I’m glad he’s joined the ranks of Disney Legend.
MARK HAMILL began his career in 1970, appearing in numerous television series guest-roles and several TV movies, including a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital and starring in MTM’s acclaimed The Texas Wheelers. He achieved worldwide attention as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, which included The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He returned as Luke in The Force Awakens and will appear in the upcoming The Last Jedi. His stage career includes Broadway shows and the first national tour of Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall. A prolific voice-over actor, he has performed in countless animated television shows, feature films, documentaries, and video games. He appears on Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law, and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. “The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.”
I added his acceptance speech to my Facebook page and it’s received over 2 thousand views. So watch here. Disney Legend Mark Hammil as he talks about his career and his connection to the late Carrie Fisher.
Mark Hamill misses Carrie Fisher a great deal. He said they were really like brother and sister. They argued and she loved to give him the bird. He also credited Disney for giving him the idea that he could do whatever he wanted when he grew up.