George Lucas was born on May 14, 1944. He is an American movie director, producer, screenwriter, and businessman. Lucas is best known for his brainchild, the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, and for establishing his own company, Lucasfilm. He is one of the wealthiest directors in the world, all thanks to his star-studded movies and merchandise deals. We celebrate his birthday and marvel at his accomplishments today.
George Walton Lucas Jr. was born in Modesto, California. He is the son of Dorothy Lucas and George Lucas Sr. and is of German, Swiss-German, English, and Scottish descent. Lucas was interested in science-fiction and comics growing up and race car driving. However, that passion was quickly dissolved after an accident. After high school, Lucas went to Modesto Junior College, where he studied anthropology, sociology, and literature, alongside other subjects. Around the same time, he began playing around with film cameras. Lucas transferred to the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) School of Cinematic Arts, once he had realized his fondness for cinematography.
In 1967, Lucas graduated with a bachelor of fine arts and re-enrolled as a U.S.C. graduate student in film production later that year. The first film he directed was “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB,” which won first prize at the 1967 —1968 National Student film festival. Lucas was granted a student scholarship by Warner Bros. to observe and work on the making of a film. The film he chose was “Finian’s Rainbow” (1968), which Francis Ford Coppola was directing. In 1969, Lucas was one of the camera operators on the classic Rolling Stones concert film “Gimme Shelter.” In 1969, Lucas founded his company Lucasfilm, where he successfully directed his first major piece, “American Graffiti” (1973). That same year, he married film editor Marcia Lou Griffin, and they later divorced in 1983.
In 1977, after many years of working on his biggest project yet, “Star Wars” was released. It quickly evolved as one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Following the debut of the stunning movie, Lucas worked on spinoffs and other media for the franchise. He also worked on many other movies, including “Indiana Jones,” “Twice Upon A Time,” and “Ewoks: Caravan of Courage,” to name a few. In 1999, “Episode I – The Phantom Menace” was released, the prequel to “Star Wars.” During the early 2000s, Lucas worked on further “Star Wars” prequels. From 2012, he went into semi-retirement, working on smaller projects rather than blockbusters, and got married to Mellody Hobson in 2013. Lucas has four children. Lucas worked as a creative consultant on the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy in 2015. This mega-director has had a very fruitful career and has always had his finger on the pulse.
He directs his first film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB,” and wins an award.
He starts his own production company named Lucasfilm.
Lucas directs the widely successful film, “American Graffiti.”
Lucas releases his biggest movie yet, “Star Wars,” one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.
He works with other up-and-coming directors and producers on numerous films, including the prequels to the “Star Wars” movie.
Why We Love George Lucas
He supports education
Lucas founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation in 1991. It helps transform K-12 classrooms to give students the opportunities they need to thrive throughout their lives.
He has never given up on himself
Even after the financial failure of his first film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB,” and winning a ‘Razzie,’ Lucas has always pushed through and chased after his dreams.
His $4 billion charity donation
Lucas sold his production company to Disney for $4,05 billion in 2012. He plans to distribute it to numerous charities and foundations with this money.
5 Surprising Facts
His second-ever film has been nominated
The second film Lucas directed, “American Graffiti,” was nominated for five Academy Awards.
His dog was his muse
Lucas’s dog, Indiana, was a major influence on his work — the dog's name became the leading character in “Indiana Jones,” and “Chewbacca” in “Star Wars” was modeled after the dog's look, an Alaskan Malamute.
His favorite “Star Wars” character
Lucas’s favorite character in the “Star Wars” franchise is Jar Jar Binks.
He is a fan of “Family Guy”
He has stated that he is a big fan of Seth MacFarlane’s hit animated series “Family Guy.”
He has won a ‘Razzie’
Lucas has been nominated five times for a ‘Golden Raspberry’ or ‘Razzie’ award, celebrating the worst films made. He won the award for “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.”
George Lucas FAQs
What disease does George Lucas have?
Lucas has type 2 diabetes.
Are George Lucas and Steven Spielberg still friends?
Spielberg and Lucas have been lifelong friends.
What are George Lucas’ children’s names?
He has four children; Amanda Lucas, Everest Hobson Lucas, Jett Lucas, and Katie Lucas.
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