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George Lucas

Lowest Rated:   10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
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Birthplace:   Modesto, California, USA
Along with his friend and occasional collaborator Steven Spielberg, George Lucas was the key figure behind the American film industry's evolution (or, according to most critics, de-evolution) from cinema to spectacle during the late '70s. The mastermind behind two of the most lucrative franchises in history -- Star Wars and the Indiana Jones features, respectively -- Lucas redefined the concept of the Hollywood motion picture, shifting the focus of film away from acting and personal storytelling to special effects, production design, and rapid-fire action. Remaining at all times on the cutting edge of merchandising and technology, he forever altered the ways in which movies are perceived by audiences and studios alike. Born May 14, 1944, in Modesto, CA, George Walton Lucas Jr.'s first love was not filmmaking, but auto racing. Only a serious wreck forced him out of the sport, and he eventually enrolled in the University of Southern California's famed film school program. There his experimental short subject THX 1138 won a number of awards and helped earn him an internship at Warner Bros. studios, where he worked as a production assistant on fellow U.S.C. alum Francis Ford Coppola's 1969 effort The Rain People. After working on the Al and David Maysles brothers' 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter, Lucas (with Coppola's financial assistance) mounted a feature-length remake of THX 1138. The end result, starring Robert Duvall, won rave reviews, and swiftly established itself as a major cult favorite. The success of THX 1138 brought Lucas to the attention of Universal Studios, which agreed to finance 1973's nostalgic American Graffiti, a superb reminiscence on early-'60s America which launched the motion-picture careers of talents including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford. Even more important was the film's soundtrack, a collection of vintage rock & roll hits which became an immediate best-seller and established the formula for movie soundtracks for decades to come. Shot on a miniscule budget, American Graffiti grossed over 145 million dollars, and earned a number of Academy Award nominations including nods for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Suddenly, Lucas was a major Hollywood player, and he was given much greater latitude and support in developing his next project. That next project proved to be 1977's Star Wars, one of the most important and successful films in Hollywood history. A space opera inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell (as well as, in no small part, Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress), it incorporated elements of mythology and religion to create a self-contained universe populated by larger-than-life characters in extraordinary situations, all achieved with the latest in cutting-edge technology. Made for just under ten million dollars, Star Wars grossed over 400 million dollars globally on just its initial run alone, creating a cottage industry of toys, comic books, and other collectibles and establishing science fiction as Hollywood's dominant genre. The overwhelming success of Star Wars did more than simply alter the kinds of films the studios looked to produce, however; it also forever changed the way films were made. The most notable aspect of the picture's storytelling was its breakneck pacing, edited by Lucas himself in tandem with his wife. Seemingly no film had ever moved so quickly, and its overwhelming success proved not only that a generation weaned on the rapid pace of television could easily absorb such an onslaught of image and sound, but that this was the kind of narrative they wanted to see on a regular basis. Studios scrambled to develop their own sci-fi projects, while Lucas himself turned to studying the pioneering special effects work of innovators like Willis O'Brien and Linwood Dunn, ultimately establishing his own F/X company, Industrial Light and Magic, to assist other filmmakers and technicians in creating the most accomplished visuals possible.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Screenwriter
$532.2M 2016
18% Strange Magic
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
$10.3M 2015
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster
  • Actor
$3.6k 2013
92% Side by Side
  • George Lucas
$29.1k 2012
41% Red Tails
  • Executive Producer
$49.5M 2012
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
  • Actor
$22.4k 2010
60% Heckler
  • Actor
2008
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Executive Producer
$35.1M 2008
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Executive Producer
$317M 2008
86% The Pixar Story
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Robot Chicken: Star Wars
  • Actor
2007
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Sci-Fi Boys
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
100% Edge Codes: The Art of Motion Picture Editing
  • Actor
2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Star Wars: Empire of Dreams
  • Actor
2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
$307.9M 2002
No Score Yet Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Rivalry Continues
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Joseph Campbell: The Hero's Journey
  • Actor
2000
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
$431.1M 1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Unauthorized Star Wars Story
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Mythology of Star Wars
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family
  • Actor
1995
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
  • Actor
1995
24% Radioland Murders
  • Executive Producer
1994
10% Beverly Hills Cop III
  • Disappointed Man
1994
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Actor
1991
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Executive Producer
1989
No Score Yet Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth
  • Actor
1988
70% The Land Before Time
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1988
84% Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • Executive Producer
1988
48% Willow
  • Executive Producer
1988
15% Howard the Duck
  • Executive Producer
1986
68% Labyrinth
  • Executive Producer
1986
95% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1985
No Score Yet Latino: America's Secret War in Nicaragua
  • Executive Producer
1985
No Score Yet Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Captain Eo
  • Executive Producer
1985
85% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Executive Producer
1984
25% The Ewok Adventure
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet Twice Upon a Time
  • Executive Producer
1983
80% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1983
97% Body Heat
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1981
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Executive Producer
1981
87% Kagemusha
  • Executive Producer
1980
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • Executive Producer
$4.6M 1980
22% More American Graffiti
  • Executive Producer
$8.2M 1979
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
95% American Graffiti
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1973
88% THX 1138
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Filmmaker: A Diary
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Emperor
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet 6-18-67
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Horreya - Freiheit
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet 1:42:08: A Man and His Car (1:42.08 to Qualify)
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Herbie
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Look at Life
  • Director
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014
  • Screenwriter
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2008-2014
  • Creator
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Manifest Destiny
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Actor
  • 2007
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Himself
  • 2005

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