Mark Hamill pays tribute to 'Princess' Carrie Fisher during Tony Awards 'In Memoriam' segment

Mark Hamill took the stage at the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, where he paid special tribute to an actress close to his heart -- his friend and Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher.

The 65-year-old actor honored Fisher, who died in December, while introducing the Tony Awards' emotional "In Memoriam" segment.

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"This past year, we lost many beloved members of our theatrical family. Legends of the stage, artists from behind the scenes, princes of show business, and a princess," Hamill said, subtly referring to Fisher's iconic role as Princess Leia as he touched his hand to his heart.

"They inspired a generation of theater lovers projecting strength, resilience, and integrity," he continued. "We'll cherish their passion and their expertise that made Broadway what it is today and their indomitable spirit that continues to influence what it strives to become tomorrow."

The legendary actress and writer, who wrote and starred in an autobiographical one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, died in December, days after going into cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles International Airport. After receiving advanced life support from the paramedics, Fisher was relocated to a nearby hospital where she later died.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: James Earl Jones accepts the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Scarlett Johansson speaks onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Jane Greenwood accepts the award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: James Earl Jones accepts the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Michael Aronov accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for �Oslo� onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Stephen Colbert and Host Kevin Spacey perform onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Stephen Colbert performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Stephen Colbert performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Mimi Lien accepts the award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Santo Loquasto accepts the award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Hello, Dolly! onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Jonathan Groff and Brian d'Arcy James speak onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Alex Lacamoire accepts the award for Best Orchestrations for �Dear Evan Hansen� onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Kline accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for �Present Laughter� onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey speaks onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: David Oyelowo and Sarah Paulson speak onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Andy Karl performs onstage with the cast of 'Groundhog Day' during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Andy Karl performs onstage with the cast of 'Groundhog Day' during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Andy Karl performs onstage with the cast of 'Groundhog Day' during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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WATCH: Carrie Fisher's 'Star Wars' Family Remembers Her 'Vibrant' Legacy: 'She Lived Her Life the Way She Wanted To'

In May, Hamill and several other members of Fisher's Star Wars family opened up to Vanity Fair about working alongside the iconic actress, and how they've dealt with the loss.

According to Hamill, whose 40-year friendship with Fisher began when they appeared alongside each other in the original 1977 Star Wars film, the reality of Fisher's death is too much for him to comprehend.

"I can't say that phrase... Carrie's name and then the d-word," he said. "Because I think of her in the present tense. Maybe it's a form of denial, but she's so vibrant in my mind, and so vital a part of the family, that I can't imagine it without her... It's just so untimely, and I'm so angry."

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(Original Caption) Debbie Reynolds-Eddie Fisher with daughter Carrie Frances born October 21, 1956' (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Hollywood: Eddie Fisher holds his two children, Todd 1, and Carrie, 2, (R), while shopping for toys just before his departure for Las Vegas and a possible rendezvous with actress Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher has not been photographed with the children born to his ex-wife, Debbie Reynolds, since September 1958.
12th February 1972: American actress Debbie Reynolds with her daughter Carrie Fisher. (Photo by Dove/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Carrie Fisher Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
American actress Carrie Fisher on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope written, directed and produced by Georges Lucas. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back directed by Irvin Kershner. (Photo by Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Star Wars trilogy costars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Peter Weller and Carrie Fisher during Giorgio Armani Fashion Show - September 19, 1980 at RCA Promenade in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher on Fifth Ave outside The Plaza hotel. They were in town for the movie 'Star Wars.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher -- Carrie Fisher played photographer last night at xenon. For most of this year she played Princess Lea (check Sp) in revenge of the Jedi, The final movie in the star wars Triogy. She was quiet about the out Come of the movie, June 03, 1982. (Photo by Vernon Shibla/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher at the Paul Simon's Central Park West Apartment in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: American actress, novelist and screenwriter Carrie Fisher poses for a portrait on August 28,1987 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
CA.Apla96.#1.GF. David Geffen (left) & Carrie Fisher dance at afterÂparty following Commitment to Life benefit held at Universal Ampitheatre Thursday niteÂÂHiggins story (Photo by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 03: Carrie Fisher is on hand at Avery Fisher Hall for the Film Society of Lincoln Center's gala tribute to Mike Nichols. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher during 'Stateside' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at The Crest Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Carrie Fisher book signing in Santa Monica, United States on January 20, 2005 - Carrie Fisher and her book 'The Best Awful' at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore, California. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 09: (L-R) Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford speak onstage during the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to George Lucas at the Kodak Theatre on June 9, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 09: Actors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher pose at the dinner during the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to George Lucas at the Kodak Theatre on June 9, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Actress Carrie Fisher poses during a dress rehearsal of her play 'Wishful Drinking,' at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Century City, CA. Actress & author Carrie Fisher will be one of the judges on Fox's reality competition 'On the Lot' which sought submissions from aspiring filmmakers, selecting 50 to appear on the show. These semiÂfinalists will discover the magic of moviemaking when they are brought to Los Angeles to visit a realÂlife film set for the first time and must endure a rigorous Hollywood Boot Camp, says the Fox website. Carrie Fisher, one of the judges talks about the movie biz, and, perhaps, the show for a sunday Q&A at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 11: American Actress, Carrie Fisher poses for a portrait during her 'Wishful Drinking' tour at the Sydney Observatory Hotel on October 11, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actress Carrie Fisher arrives at the premiere of HBO's documentary 'Wishful Drinking' at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on December 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 07: Actress Carrie Fisher arrives at the 4th Annual Logo's 'NewNowNext Awards' 2011 at Avalon on April 7, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Actress and author Carrie Fisher with daughter Billie Lourd attend the 2011 Silver Hill Hospital gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Carrie Fisher appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Charles Sykes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Carrie Fisher speaks onstage during the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill attend the Midnight Mission Golden Heart awards gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on September 30, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Carrie Fisher attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Actress Carrie Fisher attends the 54th New York Film Festival 'Bright Lights' screening at Alice Tully Hall on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/FilmMagic)
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