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Mark Hamill jumps for joy after being surprised with Icon Award at Comic-Con panel in San Diego

Mark Hamill jumps for joy after being surprised with Icon Award at Comic-Con International panel in San Diego

He was taking part in a panel at Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on Friday when he got a really big surprise.

Mark Hamill received the event’s Icon Award after organizers interrupted a panel discussion to present the trophy.

And the delighted 67-year-old, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, couldn’t contain his delight.

He's REALLY pleased: Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the blockbuster franchise, was given the Icon Award at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday

He’s REALLY pleased: Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the blockbuster franchise, was given the Icon Award at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday 

He leapt into the air with the statuette held high over his head.

The Icon award goes to those in the industry who have brought comic book and arts culture to wide audiences.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, 75, and the late Marvel icon Stan Lee are previous winners.

According to the BBC, Mark thanked the fans at The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance panel for their support over the years.

Well, that's a surprise: The 67-year-old had no idea that a Comic-Con exec was going to break into The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance panel to hand over the statuette

Well, that’s a surprise: The 67-year-old had no idea that a Comic-Con exec was going to break into The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance panel to hand over the statuette

He said: ‘If it weren’t for you, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here.

‘I started coming to these cons years before I met George [Lucas].

‘I remember I was at the con when they said did you hear there’s going to be 5,000 people this year? And we were like wow, how many women?

Overwhelmed star:  Thanking the audience, Mark said, 'If it weren't for you, I certainly wouldn't be standing here'

Overwhelmed star:  Thanking the audience, Mark said, ‘If it weren’t for you, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here’

‘So thank you very much. I want you to remember I am your buddy until the end.’

Mark was at the panel to talk up Netflix’s prequel to the iconic puppet animation, The Dark Resistance.

He will voice The Scientist, a Skeksis performed in 1982 by Steve Whitmire.

Iconic role: Mark played Luke Skywalker in the blockbuster franchise, here seen with his Jedi master Yoda in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back in 1980

Iconic role: Mark played Luke Skywalker in the blockbuster franchise, here seen with his Jedi master Yoda in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back in 1980 

 

 

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