George Lucas

Birthday: May 14, 1944
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi Screenwriter $619.2M 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Screenwriter $532.2M 2016
16% Strange Magic Executive Producer Screenwriter $10.3M 2015
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Actor $3.6K 2013
93% Side by Side George Lucas $29.1K 2012
40% Red Tails Executive Producer $49.6M 2012
61% 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
78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Executive Producer $317M 2008
86% The Pixar Story Actor 2007
100% 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
80% 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 $308M 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
54% 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
72% The Land Before Time Executive Producer Producer 1988
85% Tucker: The Man and His Dream Executive Producer 1988
50% Willow Executive Producer 1988
15% Howard the Duck Executive Producer 1986
70% Labyrinth Executive Producer 1986
89% 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
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Executive Producer Screenwriter 1983
97% Body Heat Producer Executive Producer 1981
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Executive Producer 1981
87% Kagemusha Executive Producer 1980
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Executive Producer $4.6M 1980
20% More American Graffiti Executive Producer $8.2M 1979
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Executive Producer Screenwriter Director 1977
96% American Graffiti Producer Director Screenwriter 1973
87% 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

CREDIT
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014-2018
Screenwriter
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2014
94% Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2008-2014
Creator Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Manifest Destiny
2012
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
70% Family Guy
1999
  • 2007
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2018
Voice
  • 2007
72% The O.C.
2003-2007
Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Himself
  • 2003

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