'Star Wars' star Mark Hamill to receive Don LaFontaine Legacy Award


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Mark Hamill is best known to the entertainment viewing world as Luke Skywalker, the role he created in 1977's smash blockbuster, Star Wars. He returned to the role twice more, in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and in 1983 for the final part of the trilogy, Return of the Jedi. However, since the early 1990s, the actor has spent most of his time doing voice work for an abundance of TV shows and video games. In fact, he is now so renowned in that genre that on June 20th, he will be honored with the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award during the PromaxBDA conference.

View attachment 2362 LaFontaine's name may not be a household one, but his voice is probably recognized by persons of all ages who ever went to a movie theater or have watched television. Having done voice over work for over 40 years, the actor had an extremely powerful voice that just boomed and resonated with listeners, one that gave him the nickname of The King of the Movie Trailers. Indeed, it was his voice that was usually heard in theaters during trailers and his voice is on countless TV and radio commercials as well. He died in 2008 of a collapsed lung. The award in his name began the following year and is given to an individual with "a voice of impact and someone who has contributed with their body of work to the effectiveness of the business."

Hamill's voice career includes a number of villainous characters highlighted by the Joker in various versions of the animated Batman franchise. He's also been heard in shows such as Dragons: Riders of Berk, Robot Chicken, Ultimate Spider-Man, The New Woody Woodpecker Show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, SpongeBob SquarePants, Danger Rangers, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.