Mark Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” franchise.

He would never have had an acting career if it wasn’t for Alan Ladd Jr.

Alan Ladd Jr. was once the President of Twentieth Century Fox.

After seeing George Lucas’ “American Graffiti,” he scheduled a meeting with the young filmmaker.

It was there that Lucas pitched his idea for a space opera called “The Star Wars.”

It was like anything anyone had ever heard of and producers rejected it.

However, Ladd stood behind “Star Wars”, which was a giant success.

Hamill tweeted, “Among his countless achievements- he's also the man who let George make #StarWars. “

Ladd passed away in his home on March 2 at the age of 84.