George Lucas Biography
George Lucas born George Walton Lucas Jr., on 14 May 1944 , is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur known for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and founding Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. He is on of the most financially successful film makers and for this he has been nominated for four Academy Awards.
George Lucas Age
He was born on 14th May 1944 in Modesto, California, United States to Dorothy Ellinore Lucas and George Walton Lucas Sr. He is 75 years old as of 2019.
George Lucas Height
Lucas stands at a height of 1.68 metres.
George Lucas Family
He was born and raised in Modesto, California, to Dorothy Ellinore Lucas and George Walton Lucas Sr. an entrepreneur. He is of German, Swiss-German, English, Scottish, and distant Dutch and French descent.
George Lucas And Wife
He got married to Marcia Lou Griffin, a film editor in 1969, and together they adopted a girl, Amanda Lucas. They got divorced in 1983. He adopted two children, Katie Lucas and Jett Lucas, as a single father.
He was romantically linked with singer Linda Ronstadt. He also dated Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and chair of Dreamworks Animation, whom he later got married to in 2013. They share a daughter born through a gestational carrier.
Where Was George Lucas Born
George was born in Marin County, California, U.S., to Dorothy Ellinore Lucas and George Walton Lucas. His father was the owner of a stationery store. He was mostly raised in the neighborhood of the Central Valley town of Modesto. Since his younger days, he was passionate about cars and motor racing. This reflected in his future films as well.
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George Lucas Education
He spent most of his school days in racing competitions and underground circuits. He initially dreamt of making a career in car racing but changed his mind after he met with a near death car accident on June 12, 1962.
He went to the Modesto Junior College, where among many other subjects he also studied anthropology, sociology and literature.It was while in college that he became interested in filmmaking.
He later went to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and obtained a degree in fine arts in film studies in 1967. He tried his luck in the United States Air Force but was rejected because of his speeding tickets.
While he was a student at the Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, he made a number of short films, ‘Look at Life’, ‘Herbie’, ‘Freiheit’, ‘1:42.08’ and ‘The Emperor’.
George Lucas Career
In 1967, he directed and wrote the short science fiction film titled, ‘Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138 4EB’. The film won the first prize at the National Student Film Festival.
Lucas co-wrote and directed the film titled, ‘American Graffiti’, which was a coming-of-age film, in 1973. The film which received critical acclaim also earned an Academy Award nomination.
George Lucas Star Wars
He directed and wrote ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ the American epic space opera film titled, in1977. The year that followed, he was one of the creators and executive producers of the TV show, ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’.
He produced and co-wrote ‘More American Graffiti’ the comedy-drama film, in 1979. The year that followed, he served as the executive producer of the films, ‘Kagemusha’ and ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’.
George Lucas Indiana Jones
He co-wrote and produced ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ also known as ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ the fantasy adventure film, in 1981. That same year, he was also the unaccredited executive producer of the film, ‘Body Heat’.
He co-wrote the screenplay for the third film Star Wars’ series, ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in the in 1983. The same year, he was the executive producer of the animated film, ‘Twice Upon a Time’. In the year 1984, he wrote the story for Steven Spielberg’s fantasy-adventure film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’. The following year, he wrote the story for the TV film, ‘The Ewok Adventure’.
He was the executive producer for the films, ‘Latino’ and ‘Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’ in 1985. That same year, he also produced the TV shows, ‘Star Wars Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO’, ‘Ewoks’ and ‘Ewoks: The Battle for Endor’.
He was the executive producer for ‘Howard the Duck’, ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Powaqqatsi’ in 1986 . Lucas was the executive producer for the films, ‘Willow’, ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and ‘The Land Before Time’.
He co-wrote and produced ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ the Steven Spielberg film, in 1989. It was the third film in the ‘Indiana Jones’ series. Later in the year 1992, he created and developed ‘The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles’ the American TV series, which was aired on the ABC network. Two years later he co-wrote and produced the film, ‘Radioland Murders’.
He also wrote and directed the American epic space opera, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’, in 1999. It became the fourth film of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
He wrote and directed ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ the fifth film in the ‘Star Wars’ series of films, in 2002. The film was a commercial success and received both mixed and positive reviews from critics.
In 2003, he co-created ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’, the Emmy Award winning animated micro series, which was inspired by the ‘Star Wars’ universe.
In 2005, he wrote and directed ‘Star Wars’ series of films, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ the sixth film in the . The film turned out to be a massive success at the box office.
In 2008, He co-wrote the story for ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ the fourth film in the ‘Indiana Jones’ series. That same year, he also co-produced the film, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’.
In 2012, he served as the executive producer of the American war film, ‘Red Tails’. In 2012, he also announced his semi-retirement from large scale films and chose to focus on smaller independent films.
Lucas wrote the CGI film Strange Magic, in 2015. It was his first musical and it was produced at Skywalker Ranch. It was directed by Gary Rydstrom. The sequel trilogy was at the same time announced a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones series also entered pre-development phase with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg set to return, for a release in 2019. Originally, he did not specify whether the selling of Lucasfilm would affect his involvement with the film.
Lucas announced his decision to not be involved in the story of the film, in October 2016, but would remain an executive producer. The first film of a Star Wars anthology series Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was released in 2016. It was based on the story of the rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star featured in the original Star Wars film, and it was reported that Lucas liked it more than The Force Awakens. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi was released, in 2017, which Lucas described as “beautifully made”.
George Lucas Game of Thrones
He has had cursory involvement with Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018, the upcoming Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian, and the premiere of the eighth season of Game of Thrones the creators of which are directing a spin-off trilogy set in the Star Wars universe.
George Lucas Written works
- Alan Arnold: A Journal of the Making of “The Empire Strikes Back” (contributor). 1980, ISBN 0-345-29075-5.
- 1983: Dale Pollock: Sky Walking: The Life and Films of George Lucas. ISBN 978-0517546772. (contributor)
- 1995: George Lucas, Chris Claremont: Shadow Moon ISBN 0-553-57285-7 (story)
- 1996: Chris Claremont: Shadow Dawn ISBN 0-553-57289-X (story)
- 1997: Laurent Bouzereau: Star Wars. The Annotated Screenplays. (contributor) ISBN 0-345-40981-7.
- 2000: Chris Claremont: Shadow Star ISBN 0-553-57288-1 (story)
- 2004: Matthew Stover: Shatterpoint (novel, prologue), Del Rey, ISBN 978-0345455741
- 2005: Matthew Stover: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Del Rey, ISBN 978-0345428844 (novelization, contributor & Line editor)
- 2007: J. W. Rinzler: The Making of “Star Wars”. The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film. (contributor) ISBN 0-09-192014-0.
- 2012: James Luceno Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. novel (contributor), Del Rey, ISBN 978-0345511294
The amazingly talented filmmaker has an estimated net worth 6.2 Billion. This wealth has been earned from his hard work in the film world.