Mark Hamill was taking part at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday when organisers surprised him with the honour of presenting him with the prestigious Icon Award.
The Icon award is given to those who have brought comic book and arts culture to wide audiences. George Lucas and Stan Lee are previous winners.
Accepting the award, Hamill 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 5000 people this year? and we were like wow, how many women?
“So thank you very much. I want you to remember I am your buddy until the end.”