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Mark Hamill, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford on Hollywood Boulevard

LACC Alumnus Mark Hamill receives Walk of Fame Star

Originally Published: 3/12/2018

On Thursday, March 8, LACC Alumnus Mark Hamill received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Watch the ceremony here.

Video Transcript

Mark Hamill appears with his star on the Walk of FameA special shout out to our fans who are watching the livestream courtesy of our media partner Variety, however this is one of the largest crowds we've ever had at one of these ceremonies, so congratulations to all of our fans who are here! I'm Lauren Gubler president and CEO of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which is presiding over today's program. Today we dedicate the two thousand six hundred and thirtieth star to a man who we first became aware of in a movie set in a galaxy far far away. He is an extraordinary talent, who is adored by fans around the world. Today we honor Mark Hamill. 

Now let me tell you just a little about him, and feel free to cheer for anything you want. I know I don't have to tell you that, but anyway born in Oakland California, Mark Hamill was discovered in a workshop musical comedy called Anthems and E flat Calliope. Now that was the summer before he became a theatre arts major at Los Angeles City College right here in Hollywood, and I understand we have a few alumni from LA City College here right now. At LA City College he learned all aspects of theatrical production and appeared in numerous plays and musicals for six years. Mark did guest appearances on multiple TV series and television movies including a nine month stretch on General Hospital, and a starring role on the critically acclaimed comedy The Texas Wheelers. However it was for his first feature film that we remember him most, and that was George Lucas's Star Wars. His career has encompassed all aspects of the entertainment industry including stage, screen, television, and new media. Best known as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, he recently returned to the role in Star Wars The Force awakens and Star Wars the last Jedi. His film credits also include Corvette Summer, The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and in the upcoming Brisby Bear. On Broadway Mark's credits include the Elephant Man, Amadeus, Michael Stuart's Harrigan, and Hart's The Nerd, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, and the roundabout theater production of Room Service. A prolific voice-over artist, Mark has performed in countless animated series for television, feature films, and video games. He played the unforgettable role of the Joker, in Batman the Animated Series. Obviously that was a hit reprising the character for both the Arkham Asylum video game series, which for which he received a BAFTA award, and the 2016 groundbreaking animated film Batman The Killing Joke. He also returned as the trickster on CW's The Flash, and that was a role he originally played on the original CBS series. Now Mark receives his well-deserved star perfectly-timed to the home release of Star Wars the Last Jedi on digital and Blueray, March the 27th. Mark is also very involved with many charitable causes which have included USC's Neighborhood Academic Initiative, The Make-a-wish Foundation, and feeding America, and I think I've said enough. Let's bring him to the stage, our honoree, Mark Hamill.

[Applause]

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All right, now I know you all want to hear from Mark but we have a few special guests who are going to say a few words. All right now our first speaker today is a filmmaker whose devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time including the Star Wars saga, and the Indiana Jones franchise. He also pioneered new digital standards for sophistication in film visuals and sound, and he has inspired generations of young people to follow their imagination and dreams. Please welcome the one and only, George Lucas to this thing!

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 for Luke Skywalker. I was looking for somebody that growing up on a farm out in the middle of nowhere, that was very naive about what was going on in the world, young but enthusiastic, and he proved to where his mettle well. I had gone through a lot of different, a very long process of casting, and it became very clear after a while when we started doing screen tests that not only was he a good actor, but he was also great with the other actors that were in the finals to be the cast of Star Wars. Because we always considered it an ensemble piece between the three of them, and that they really had to get along with each other or at least have some kind of chemistry, and apart from anything else they did have chemistry. I'm not sure it's always good, but it was definitely chemistry, sort of high school chemistry where something goes off in the background and people are trying to hide the flames. But I'm very proud of Mark for getting the star. We've been around together for I don't want to say how many years, and you've come a long way from that casting session with the thing, to getting your star on Hollywood Boulevard with a few little movies in between. A couple plays, TV series, and that. But it's been a long, I mean, just you know for us this is kind of getting toward the end of the road. We're talking about the beginning of the road and this is sort of capping the whole experience in between and so that's all, I couldn't say it's no he's still old enough to do a lot more movies.

[Applause] 

Thank you George, let me acknowledge a couple of our community leaders, we have with us the chairman of the board of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Jeff Z renowned. Jeff the owner of the Hollywood Hotel, and he's also on the board of the Los Angeles City College Foundation, we also have with us Cory Palka the Captain of the Hollywood division of the LAPD. We want to thank them for helping us today closing the streets so we can accommodate the crowd. Thank you. Well our next speaker has starred in some of the most successful and acclaimed films of all time including the landmark Star Wars, and Indiana Jones franchises. He has starred in eight Best Picture Oscar nominated movies, and he has garnered a number of Best Actor Award nominations including one Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and one BAFTA Award. Please welcome walk-of-famer Harrison Ford!

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There's a lot more people that showed up for my star, a lot more. I prepared myself for this experience by going back and looking at the screen tests that I did with Mark, and I was surprised actually how good he was. Not that I you know I I felt at the time that he wasn't good, I thought he was great, he had that just the right blend of of youthfulness and enthusiasm. But I I think George said at the time that he was that in a movie that was full of space vehicles and kind of cosmic ideology, that what he wanted was somebody that he needed a protagonist that that was comfortable with the those things and could be both comfortable and serious in in a world made up of those elements. And Mark, who certainly achieved that I thought. When thinking about today 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. Mark is a friend that I don't see very often. Our lives have diverged a certain exten,t but I am very pleased for him he's he has been the master of his own experience, his own life, and he is as he always was a quiet sincere honest person. He's not a grandstander, and and I think he has found comfort, and utility, and control of his destiny, and I'm happy for you.

[Applause] 

Thank You Harrison Ford, let me do a few additional acknowledgments of people who are here with us today we have Director Ryan Johnson, actress Billie Lourd, actress Kelly Marie, trend actor Clifton Collins Jr. and film producer Kathleen Kennedy. Thank you all for joining us today. Well at this time it's my pleasure to introduce the councilmember for Los Angeles who represents Hollywood, he is leading the charge on Hollywood revitalization. Please welcome the Honorable Mitch O'Farrell.

Thank you so much Lauren. Good morning everyone, and welcome to Hollywood. Are you ready to celebrate Mark Hamill? I want to thank the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for hosting these events, and making the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame possible for fans across the world. Let's give it up for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce! I would also like to thank Disney and the El Capitan, for hosting this wonderful event this morning. Thank you so much, El Capitan. As a 16 year old in Oklahoma City, I went into a darkened theater and saw this little film called Star Wars in 1977, and I knew after watching the film, I couldn't believe my eyes. As the film unfolded there was the genre of science fiction before Star Wars, and there's the genre of science fiction after Star Wars, it changed everything.

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And the man standing next to me, Mark Hamill, is the face of the franchise. He brought with him a youthful exuberance, a way of storytelling through the incredible vision of George Lucas, that we had never seen before Star Wars has redefined what it means to be a movie spectacular. Amorality tale on what good and evil means to people around the world, and the trajectory of the root of what causes evil. Ladies and gentlemen, it is an intellectual study on the way of the world. Star Wars has changed everything and really explained so much to us about human nature, and to that we owe a debt of gratitude. With that I want to congratulate the incredible success and accomplishments of a legend whose name, Mark Hamill, is synonymous with Luke Skywalker. It is fitting that he would find his place here on the Walk of Fame, as Mark Hamill is in every sense of the word a star. There are no words one of us can use to truly express just what Mark Hamill has meant to so many people, and now so many different generations across the planet, and maybe even some other planets too who knows. Maybe they're discussing Mark Hamill right now in the intergalactic Cantina and we just don't realize it, they probably are. Mark Hamill you are truly deserving of this star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we congratulate you, we celebrate you, and may the force be with you, always little token.

[Applause] 

[Music]

Thank You councilmember O'Farrell. All right well it's time that we get to hear from you but let me, by final way of introduction, just say that we are honored today to declare this Mark Hamill day in Hollywood. 

Well thank you all so much, these will be brief remarks because words truly fail me. It's hard to convey my gratitude, my joy, the exhilaration of being recognized this way. I haven't been this speechless since Force Awakens, but I do really want to thank George Lucas. Let's be, yeah, let's be honest if it weren't for the genius of George Lucas I wouldn't be standing here today. So whatever fates let me do his doorstep, he changed my life forever in a way that still reverberates today. When I first met Harrison Ford, I was already a fan of his work in Francis Ford Coppola is the conversation and one of my favorite comedies of all time American Graffiti. There's no way I could have predicted he'd become the biggest movie star on the planet, but it was clear that I was in the presence of greatness, and he was one of the best actors in film history. He also gave me the great advice: "hey kid, don't get cocky" and I've tried to remember that to this very day. I also want to thank my family who flew in from all over the country to be here. My brother Bill, my sister Terry, my sister Jeanni,e my sister Jan, my brother Patrick. It means so much to me, because they were the ones that had to suffer through my endless puppet shows, my magic tricks, my terrible impersonations of Jerry Lewis and Richard Nixon. They were my first audience, they were a captive audience but an audience nonetheless. Honestly, I really can't tell you how lucky I am to be able to do the things that I love doing as a kid as an adult, and get paid for it. Seriously, I did a show as was mentioned earlier on Melrose Avenue my first summer out of Yokohama High School, and there was a man by the name of Guilbeau Goose, he was in the record industry, who introduced me to Alan Carr and said if you're serious about this, which I was. They took me around and I auditioned for various agents, and by Christmas I had a SAG card. I had to stay in college, but by the next summer I had my SAG card, and three professional jobs. Now at the time, I just thought "oh this is the way it happens." Well, no, I was extraordinarily lucky, and I've never forgotten that. So I want to thank the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for this honor. I want to thank Disney for making me a part of their family, they were certainly a part of our family growing up. We never missed a Disney show every Sunday, saw every movie, they really inspired me. They showed making-of films where I thought "wow, if I can't be an actor look: there's carpenters, there's cameramen, there's wardrobe people. I'm not a bad cook, maybe I could cater films. I just want to get, I don't need to be in the show, but I want to be close to the show." And finally and most importantly, I want to thank all of you here today. You are with me through thick and thin, in the highs and the lows, and everywhere in between. If it weren't for the public, I'd be nowhere. And from from Jedi to Joker, and back again it's been a fantastic ride. Thank you so much, and may the force be with each and every one of you!

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