Mark Hamill receives his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

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Mark Hamill poses on his star after it was unveiled. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Mark Hamill, known for playing the iconic character of Luke Skywalker in multiple Star Wars films, has received his own star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony of unveiling his star in the famed walkway took play Thursday, with Star Wars creator George Lucas and fellow Star Wars icon Harrison Ford attending the event.

Ford, who played the character of Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, offered congratulations to Hamill in his speech. “More people showed up when I got my star,” he joked. The actor looked back on their screen test together, saying he was “surprised by how good he was.”

In his speech, Ford also remembered the third member of their Star Wars trio, Carrie Fisher, who passed away in 2016. “When thinking about today, I was really sorry we don’t have the other member of our trio to celebrate with us, but I feel her presence.”

Lucas expressed how proud he was of Hamill’s achievement, and said he was the first choice to play the protagonist of his film saga. “Mark Hamill is a character that can’t be written,” he said. “He is extremity enthusiastic about everything he does, and that is exactly what I was looking for when I cast Luke Skywalker.”

In his own speech, Hamill thanked his “Star Wars” family, and Lucas in particular, saying that his casting in the science fiction franchise changed his life.

He also thanked his family, whom he called his captive audience, as well as the public, who supported his projects.

At the end of his speech, Hamill said the iconic “Star Wars” line. “May the force be with each and every one of you,” he said, before letting out the loud laughter of his other iconic character, the Joker from “Batman: The Animated Series,” which began in 1992.