George Lucas (born 14.5.1944) George Lucas is an internationally renowned film director and is the chairman of the production company, Lucasfilm Ltd.
Childhood: George Lucas was born in Modesto, in California. His mother was Dorothy Ellinore and his father, also named George Lucas, owned a stationery store.
Whilst at school, Lucas was keen to become a racing car driver. However, a near fatal accident in his Autobianchi Bianchina made him change his mind about his choice of career. It was at community college that George Lucas became interested in cinematography and camera work. He became obsessed with Bruce Baillie's Canyon Cinema screenings.
George Lucas attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Film Career: Lucas directed a short film, named Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB whilst he was teaching a class of US Navy students. The documentary was later adapted into Lucas' first full-length feature film, THX 1138. In the late 1960s, George Lucas won a Warner Brothers scholarship to observer Francis Ford Coppola working on 1968's Finian's Rainbow.
Lucas went on to form a studio with Coppola, named American Zoetrope. Lucas' second film, American Graffiti, was released through the studio in 1973.
The success of American Graffiti enabled Lucas to make Star Wars. His decision to waver his upfront director's fee and instead negotiate a licensing deal eventually earned George Lucas a vast amount of money from the profits of Star Wars' toys, games and collectibles. The first film in the franchise starred Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher. The money from the film enabled George Lucas to set up Lucasfilm, Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic. The next two films in the Star Wars franchise, Return of the Jedi and the Empire Strikes Back both matched the global success of their predecessor but were not directed by Lucas. They were, however, released on Lucasfilm and written by Lucas.
George Lucas returned to the Star Wars franchise in the 1990s, releasing a trilogy that started with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The film starred Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Jake Lloyd. The next in this new trilogy was Episode II: Attack of the Clones, followed by Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. A full-length animation, Clone Wars, was released at a later date but did not enjoy the success of the feature films.
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg worked together on the original trio of Indiana Jones films. Firstly was 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford in the title role. Next up was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in 1984 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, which also starred Sean Connery. Nearly two decades later, they teamed up again to make 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which saw Ford return to his role as Indiana Jones.
Willow was an initial box office disappointment but has since become a cult favourite amongst film fans.
Personal Life: In 2005, George Lucas donated $1 million toward the building of the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington D.C.
George Lucas was married to the film editor Marcia Lou Griffin between 1969 and 1984. They adopted a daughter, Amanda, in 1981.
Lucas then went on to adopt two more children, Katie (b. 1988) and Jett (b.1993). All three of Lucas's adopted children have appeared in the recent Star Wars films.
After his split with Marcia, George Lucas had a lengthy relationship with the singer Linda Ronstadt and has been dating Mellody Hobson since 2007.
Lucas has stated that his religion is 'Buddhist Methodist.'
Some awesome facts about George Lucas' beloved franchise.
It's still going strong 40 years after the first movie of the series was released, which means there is plenty of incredible trivia floating around the internet in regards to George Lucas' 'Star Wars' franchise. What could this story have been if the director had stuck to all his original ideas?
George Lucas at Mark Hamill's Walk of Fame ceremony
1. Lucas had Interesting influences - Every good storyteller has there influences, and for George Lucas, inspiration was drawn from both Joseph Campbell's 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' (particularly for the character of Luke Skywalker) and Akira Kurosawa's 1958 film 'The Hidden Fortress'. Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' also helped the creation of Yoda.
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The franchise's creator has high praise for the latest episodic instalment to the series.
This week, the eighth episodic adventure in the 'Star Wars' universe will come to fans in the form of 'The Last Jedi', with Rian Johnson serving as director and returning stars including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and the late Carrie Fisher.
It's official: George Lucas is a fan of 'The Last Jedi'
Strong, positive reactions from critics have already helped build the hype around the movie, which is expected to take in over $400 million in the worldwide box office upon its immediate release, which will likely creep up to $1 billion over time.
Continue reading: George Lucas Says 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Is "Beautifully Made"
George Lucas opens up about getting to party with the 'Star Wars' gang again.
This month's 'Star Wars' 40th anniversary was a real hit with everybody, and in the wake of that comes the official release date for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'. But even now that George Lucas is no longer tied to the franchise, he still enjoys reunion celebrations.
George Lucas at 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere
During the 'Star Wars' 40th anniversary event, creator George Lucas admitted that he enjoyed getting to see everyone involved in the movies again, despite the fact that his work on the series was over before 'The Force Awakens' came out in 2015.
Continue reading: Star Wars Get Togethers Are Like High School Reunions For George Lucas
George Lucas , Jett Lucas - 2016 American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Gala Honoring John Williams held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 9th June 2016
This is our kind of scavenger hunt.
Everyone likes a good Easter Egg hunt this time of year, but one of our favourites involves searching them out in iconic films. Of course, these 'Easter eggs' aren't of the chocolate variety, merely snippets from films containing amusing inside jokes or tributes to other movies.
In honour of all the scavenger hunts that will be happening amongst children tomorrow as they set about discovering what the Easter bunny has left, we reflect on some more sophisticated kind of 'Easter eggs'; that is, the various hidden meanings in some of our favourite movies.
Sam Raimi pays tribute to Wes Craven
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Ahmed Best, who ended up voicing the despised CGI character, said that MJ was pressing George Lucas to let him play Jar Jar dressed in prosthetic limbs.
A new interview has revealed that one of the most hated movie characters of all time – Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, no less – might have been even more annoying. Michael Jackson was apparently very enthusiastic to play the irritating Gungan in prosthetic limbs, but was refused by George Lucas.
Ahmed Best, who actually did play Jar Jar, gave an interview with Vice on Thursday in which he made the revelation. Jackson, who passed away in June 2009, was known to be a keen Star Wars fan, keeping life-size figures of Darth Vader, C-3PO and Boba Fett at his Neverland ranch.
Michael Jackson might have played Jar Jar Binks in 'The Phantom Menace'
George Lucas is planning on building affordable housing on his Grady Ranch estate in California. The 'Star Wars' creator was unable to expand his studios on the land so intends to use the space for something "beneficial" to the community.
George Lucas plans to build hundreds of affordable homes for low income families in an area which is largely affluent and with a number of millionaires living within the vicinity. Lucas plans to build 224 homes on the 1039 acres of land available on his Grady Ranch estate in Marin County, California.
George Lucas is building affordable housing on his estate in Marin County.
The galaxy is in turmoil. A Rebel Alliance is rising up against the villainous Galactic Empire but they are still marginalised and easily defeated. The Empire has a secret weapon, something that will ensure their continued hold on the galaxy: The Death Star. The giant space station has the ability to destroy an entire planet, although the Rebel Alliance have successfully stolen the secret plans for it. When Princess Leia Organa of Alderan (Carry Fisher) is captured on her way to deliver the plans to the Alliance, she is forced to send them inside a droid to the closest planet - Tatooine. There, a young moisture farmer, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who dreams of something greater for himself, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and save the galaxy along the way.
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A trade dispute on the planet Naboo has led to a full-scale invasion of the planet. Two members of the of the honourable Jedi Order, Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) travel to the Trade Federation flagship to negotiate an end to the blockade. While they are there, however, they uncover a secret invasion of the entire planet which threatens to endanger millions of lives. Their quest to save the planet and keep the peace will lead them to a young boy with incredible potential. And the fate of the entire galaxy will be thrown into danger.
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After five long years, the Clone Wars are still raging across the galaxy. Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), the Separatist leader and his minion, General Grievous, have captured the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are tasked with his rescue. Once the chancellor is saved and Dooku is defeated, the location of General Grievous is discovered. If the Jedi can send a strike force to capture or kill Grievous, then they will be able to end the war entirely. But there is a darkness growing within Anakin, and the Jedi Order are slowly starting to become aware of it. But as the power of the Chancellor continues to grow, and his hold over Anakin grows too, leading to a revelation which will forever change the galaxy, and lead to a greater, more destructive war.
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During the creation of 'Star Wars' in 1977, the now iconic design for the Millennium Falcon was completely different. During the design stage, the ship was a longer, more streamlined design, yet it bared too similar resemblance to a space ship from a different movie. When George Lucas told the designers that they needed to come up with something else, and he didn't even care if it just looked like a flying saucer, the most iconic spaceship in film history was created.
George Lucas - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
Date of birth
14th May, 1944
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