Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the “Star Wars” universe, played by Mark Hamill in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Luke begins as a simple farm boy, but he becomes a Jedi master and plays a major role in defeating the Galactic Empire.
Luke is the son of Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, who are depicted in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. After his birth, Luke is hidden away from his father, who has become the dark Jedi known as Darth Vader. Luke grows up on the desert planet Tatooine under the care of his aunt and uncle. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker’s former master, also lives on the planet to keep watch over Luke.
In the original “Star Wars” trilogy, Luke’s life changes when he encounters a pair of droids ejected from a Rebel Alliance ship. Chasing after the droids, the Empire murders Luke’s family, forcing him to accompany Obi-Wan on a quest to find the droids’ owner. Luke’s adventure draws him into the conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, introducing him to Rebel leader Princess Leia and smuggler Han Solo. Luke trains as a Jedi and comes to learn that Darth Vader is actually his father. He eventually faces both Vader and the evil Emperor Palpatine in combat. Luke and his father finally reconcile, and the dying Anakin Skywalker helps his son defeat the Emperor and destroy the Empire.