Acclaimed Actor Mark Hamill has starred in many films, but he is best known for his performance in the "Star Wars" movies. Other than that, he was also known for dating his TV sister Anne Wyndham.
Renowned Actor Mark Hamill has captivated the world with his incredible performances in TV and films. He is iconic for playing Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars" movie franchise.
He began portraying his character in the late 1970s. He became a pop culture phenomenon alongside late Actress Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, actors Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
Left: Mark Hamill appearing on the 1974 ABC TV series "The Texas Wheelers" Right: Anne Wyndham on an episode of the "Barney Miller" series aired in 1975. | Photo: Getty Images
A TIMELESS STAR
Despite his timeless fame, Hamill, 70, is amazed at how fans are still enthusiastic about "Star Wars." He expressed gratitude for playing the beloved character in a 2017 interview with the Daily Telegraph. He said:
"I never expected to be remembered for anything. "
His lead role was a career-defining performance he will never forget. He shared he never took his role seriously in the past because he did it for fun and the amusement of others.
Billy Dee Williams, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill on the set of the 1980 film "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back." | Photo: Getty Images
AN INCREDIBLE LONG MARRIAGE
Just as he is a timeless star in the hit sci-fi movie sequels, Hamill is known for his long marriage with Marilou York. They have been married for over 40 years.
Contrary to what many celebrity couples do, the "Child's Play" actor and his wife did not meet at a star-studded party. They met in an unlikely place — at a dentist's office.
When they met, York — who graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois — was employed as a dental hygienist in Westwood, Los Angeles, and Hamill was one of her patients.
Mark Hamill on set as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." | Photo: Getty Images
Hamill and York dated after meeting at the dentist's office. He said it was "love at first laugh" as his wife quickly made a joke during a past "Star Wars" screening.
The veteran actor said he is interested in women who have a sense of humor, which he found in York. Like any couple, the pair also have a fair share of misunderstandings. After a brief breakup and patching things up, they tied the knot on December 17, 1978. He was 26, and she was 23.
Marilou York attend the ceremony honoring her husband Mark Hamill with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 8, 2018, in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images
DATING ANNE WYNDHAM
Before marrying York, Hamill once dated a celebrity — Actress Anne Wyndham. He shared Wyndham was his former co-star in the TV series "General Hospital" in the 1970s.
Anne Wyndham on an episode of the "Barney Miller" sitcom aired on February 26, 1981. | Photo: Getty Images
HIS CO-STARS' SECRET AFFAIR
Meanwhile, Hamill learned about Ford and Fisher's secret affair in the latter's "The Princess Diarist" memoir. The late actress was 19, and Ford was 33 and married.
Fisher and Ford's hidden affair lasted for four decades. Hamill, who said he was "blissfully unaware" of their secret relationship, said it was good that people did not know anything about it.
The movie star stated it would be "really awkward" if the public and the production crew knew about Fisher and Ford's relationship. Hamill shared he experienced his own awkward situation with Wyndham.
The "Corvette Summer" actor said his former girlfriend was his on-screen TV sister in the "General Hospital" series. He noted it was challenging to date a co-star since they tend to become competitive.
The consequences of dating a co-star led Hamill to realize he no longer wanted to be in a relationship with a celebrity. He said of their past relationship with Wyndham:
"Well, she's not the one, because I do want to have a family, and I'm not going to ask her to give up a career to raise the kids."
Hamill said he was fortunate to be married to York. After tying the knot, the couple did not have a proper honeymoon as Hamill was still in the height of the "Star Wars" craze.
THE COUPLE'S THREE CHILDREN
Despite Hamill's high-profile career, York remains supportive. In their happy union, they welcomed three children — Nathan, born in 1979, Griffith born in 1983, and Chelsea, born in 1988.
Nathan,42, is a former actor turned artist, while Griffith, 38, is a mixed martial artist. Meanwhile, Chelsea, 33, runs Hamill's company Amazing Invisible Inc. with her mother.
While Hamill found the love of his life, Wyndham also discovered her everlasting love. She has been happily married to her husband, George Solomon, since October 3, 1981, and has a son, Thomas, who is now a doctor.
Not much is known about Wyndham as she lived away from the spotlight. Although the actress lives a private life, her husband, Solomon, worked in the entertainment industry.
Solomon is a renowned journalist in the world of sports entertainment. He graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963.
Anne Wyndham pictured on January 23, 1975. | Photo: Getty Images
A REMARKABLE JOURNALISM CAREER
Solomon joined The Washington Post's sports staff in 1972, covering the National Football League and college sports. He served as the newspaper's assistant managing editor for sports for 30 years.
In 2003, he joined the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and became the Professor of the Practice in 2008. While being part of the college department faculty, he was named the ESPN ombudsman in 2005.
Solomon was also an ESPN columnist besides being the ombudsman. One of his most famous written pieces was titled "ESPN Reflections: The Good, the Bad, and the Boo-Yah" in 2007.
A screenshot of George Solomon speaking on stage in 2020. | Photo: YouTube/Merrill CollegeUMD
Additionally, Solomon coedited "All Those Mornings" — an anthology of the work of the late Post Columnist Shirley Povich, which was published in 2005 by the Public Affairs Press.
As a result of his accomplishments in sports journalism, Solomon was awarded the Eugene Meyer award in 1999 and the Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith award in 2003.
The multi-awarded journalist also founded The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism in 2011. After serving as its founding director for almost a decade, he retired in 2020.