While he may not be of Irish descent directly, Mark Hamill is certainly considered an honorary Irishman and, following in the footsteps of fellow Star Wars alums J.J. Abrams, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley he will be honoured at next years Oscar Wilde Awards.
Mark Hamill, who returns as Luke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hitting theaters Dec. 15, will be saluted March 1 at the 13th annual event, which once again takes place at Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica on the Thursday night before the Academy Awards.
The always entertaining soiree was designed to laud those from Ireland who contribute to film, television and music. Hamill, 66, who was born in Oakland, Calif., is the latest in a line of “honorary Irishmen” that the Washington-based organization often singles out.
And the late Carrie Fisher being a former recipient isn’t lost on Hamill.
“I attended the Oscar Wilde Awards when my dear friend Carrie Fisher was a recipient. Now it’s my honor to be recognized by the US-Ireland Alliance in the same way. I find it meaningful because Ireland has always had a very special place in my heart, both personally and professionally. I know Trina Vargo’s work with artists and scholars, and I’m so pleased to be a part this.”