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George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Lucasfilm Ltd. before selling the company to the Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist character Indiana Jones in the franchise of the same name, both involving Harrison Ford.

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1967, Lucas co-founded American Zoetrope with fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas wrote and directed THX 1138, which was a critical success, but a financial failure. He decided to take matters into his own hands and started his own company; Lucasfilm Ltd. His first work as a writer-director under this new banner was the film American Graffiti; a look at teenage cruising in the early 1960s, which was a critical and commercial success and received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

His other film contributions include Willow, Labyrinth, Howard the Duck, The Land Before Time, Red Tails, and Strange Magic.

Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful directors and producers, with an estimated net worth of $4.1 billion as of 2012.

He was named a Disney Legend in 2015.

Trivia[]

  • According to the 2021, Disney+ series Behind the Attraction he visited Disneyland on its second day open rather than the grand opening as previously reported.
  • He did not direct The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi, as the stress of directing A New Hope proved too much for him, but he did come up with the stories.
  • Though he is not directly involved in Star Wars Rebels, he helped design Kessel in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.
  • According to Supervising director and executive producer of Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni, George loved the Star Wars Rebels premiere.
  • He made a cameo in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
  • Lucas is credited onscreen on all Star Wars productions:
    • He received "Based on Characters Created By" credit for the Star Wars: Ewoks and Star Wars: Droids animated series.
    • He is a credited writer (Story By) for the made-for-TV films: Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
    • He executive produced Genndy Tartakovsky's Star Wars: Clone Wars television series.
    • He created and executive produced Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, including the 2008 movie.
    • He co-write and executive produced the six original Star Wars films.
    • He returned to the directors chair for Episodes I-III.
    • In the end credits of Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, he is credited under "Based on Characters by George Lucas".
    • He was credited for creating Star Wars Rebels.
    • He served as a creative consultant for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well credited for creating Star Wars.
    • He was credited as the creator of Star Wars in Rogue One, The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker, and The Mandalorian.
  • He attended the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
  • He is mentioned in Jessie as being a good friend of Morgan Ross.
  • He was once engaged to singer Linda Ronstadt. [1]
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