|George Lucas Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||May 14, 1944|
George Lucas is a filmmaker, director, producer, writer, and entrepreneur. He is known for creating films like Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, The Rain People, THX 1138, American Graffiti, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Twice Upon a Time, Body Heat, Return of the Jedi, Labyrinth, Willow, The Land Before Time, Radioland Murders, Red Tails, and Strange Magic. George has been inducted as a Disney Legend and has won numerous awards and nominations for his films.
George Walton Lucas Jr.
Modesto, California, United States
San Anselmo, California, United States
George Lucas studied at Thomas Downey High School and passed out from Modesto’s Roosevelt Junior High School in 1958. Later, he attended the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, graduating in 1962.
Filmmaker, Director, Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur
- Father – George Walton Lucas Sr. (Stationary Store Owner)
- Mother – Dorothy Ellinore Lucas
- Siblings – He had 3 siblings.
- Others – Walton Hood Lucas (Paternal Grandfather), William Fleming Lucas (Paternal Great Grandfather), Margaret E. Taylor (Paternal Great Grandmother), Maude /Maud Esther Leedy (Paternal Grandmother), Henry Clay Leedy (Paternal Great Grandmother), Phoebe Caroline Boston /Bostwich (Paternal Great Grandmother), Paul Spayd Bomberger (Maternal Grandfather), John Stauffer Bomberger (Maternal Great Grandfather), Alice Johanna /Joanna Spayd (Maternal Great Grandmother), Dorothy A. Pieper (Maternal Grandmother), Rev. William Henry Pieper (Maternal Great Grandfather), Margaret Elenore Scherer /Sherer (Maternal Great Grandmother)
George Lucas is managed by –
- Lucasfilm Entertainment Company, Ltd., Production Company, San Francisco, California, United States
- Skywalker Ranch, Company, Nicasio, California, United States
- Jake Bloom, Bloom Hergott Deimer Rosenthall La Violette, Beverly Hills, California, United States
In 2022, George’s net worth was estimated at $6.1 billion as per Forbes.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
77 kg or 169.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
George Lucas has dated –
- Marcia Lucas (1969-1983) – In 1969, George married Academy Award-winning film editor, Marcia Lou Griffin. Together, they adopted a baby girl named Amanda Lucas, in 1981. However, the couple divorced in 1983.
- Linda Ronstadt (1980s) – In the 1980s, George was in a relationship with singer Linda Ronstadt. They were even engaged for a while.
- Mellody Hobson (2006-Present) – In 2006, George started dating president of Ariel Investments and chair of DreamWorks Animation, Mellody Hobson. In January 2013, the couple announced their engagement. After 4 months, on June 22, 2013, the couple tied the knot at Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. The couple has a daughter named Everest Hobson Lucas (born August 12, 2013), via gestational carrier.
Note – George adopted 2 children before marrying Mellody, daughter Katie Lucas (born 1988) and son Jett Lucas (born 1993).
Race / Ethnicity
He has English, Scottish, Dutch, French, and Swiss-German roots on his father’s side and is of German and Swiss-German descent on his mother’s side.
- Rounded chin
- Gray beard
- Tends to wear thin rimmed round power glasses
He has appeared in a commercial only meant to be aired in Japan.
He was raised in a Methodist family.
However, he claims to be a “Buddhist Methodist”.
Best Known For
- His work as a writer-director in numerous films including THX 1138 (1971), Star Wars (1973), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1973), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- His contribution as a writer-producer in films including The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Return of the Jedi (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Strange Magic (2015)
In 1984, he made his theatrical film debut in the adventure action film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, as a Missionary. However, his part went uncredited.
In 1994, he made his formal theatrical film debut in the action comedy film, Beverly Hills Cop III, as the Disappointed Man.
First TV Show
In 1978, he made his first TV show appearance in the documentary series, Bitte umblättern.
George Lucas Favorite Things
- Stage Of Filmmaking – Editing the film
- Akira Kurosawa Film – Seven Samurai (1954)
Source – IMDb
George Lucas Facts
- As a racecar enthusiast, he spent most of his time in garages and the underground circuit at fairgrounds during high school.
- His children have made an appearance in Star Wars prequels.
- In many of his films, there is an older matured protagonist who is involved in educating the younger characters.
- He is known for usually making science fiction and fantasy films.
- The musical score for his films is generally credited to composer John Williams.
- He met with a high-speed car accident while in college which left him hospitalized after near death experience.
- In 1971, he founded the Lucasfilm Production Company.
- George has provided financial assistance for the making of Star War series including Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).
- Entertainment Weekly has ranked him in the 4th position of the “101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment” for 2 consecutive years.
- He is a member of the Board of Councilors in the USC School of Cinema-Television division.
- George is reportedly a diabetic.
- He is close friends with Steven Spielberg.
- Contrary to his image of using cutting edge technology in his film production, he prefers writing on a loose-leaf binder rather than on a Mac.
- His script for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) failed to attract major Hollywood studios until 20th Century Fox took a chance with it and it later turned out to be the highest grossing film of that time.
- George sold his Lucasfilm’s Computer Graphics Division to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, which was later renamed Pixar Animation Studio.
- In 1987, Disney spelled his name backward “Egroeg Sacul” and used it as their Star Tours park ride theme.
- George and Steven Spielberg came up with the story idea for Indiana Jones while on a vacation in Hawaii.
- George is one of the earliest filmmakers to have successfully used sound design in creating effects in films such as THX 1138 (1971) and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
- He does not put “critics quotes” on his movie posters to the dismay of many critic societies.
- The filming of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) became so stressful that he checked himself into a hospital, leading to a treatment for hypertension.
- Though Paramount Pictures financed the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), according to the contract, George owned 40% of the film and collected almost half the profits after a certain studio grossed amount.
- The executive of Paramount Pictures Michael Eisner has said that the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was one of the best scripts that he had ever read.
- He has won the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
- In high school, he was nicknamed Luke, which later became the name of his hero Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy.
- In 2005, George and Steven Spielberg were the only filmmakers that made it to Forbes‘ list of “400 Richest People in America”.
- George has planned to reissue all the Star Wars films in 3-D versions through the process of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
- He once had a dog named ‘Indiana’ that inspired his Indiana Jones character and the looks for Chewbacca from Star Wars.
- His talent has been acknowledged with a medal from U.S. President George W. Bush for his outstanding work and usage of technology in his films.
- Ranking #39, the film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) has been included in the list of American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
- He loves the series Doctor Who (1963-1989).
- From 2002 to 2005, he made it on Premiere‘s annual ‘Power 100 List’.
- He had permitted to occasionally create “Star Wars” gags in the series, Family Guy.
- In 2008 Presidential elections, George supported Barack Obama and attended the “We Are One” Presidential Pre-Inaugural Concert in 2009.
- His iconic villain Darth Vader was inspired by Marvel Comics villain, Doctor Doom from Fantastic Four.
- He admitted that Mythologist Joseph Campbell is one of his greatest influencers.
- In 2012, he sold Lucasfilm to Disney Production Company for 4 billion dollars.
- He has the head of Stormtrooper and R2-D2 from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) in his office.
- During his school days, he obtained poor grades and had trouble with spellings until college.
- He considers THX 1138 (1971) as his most significant career achievement.
- He is a major collector of the works of illustrator and painter, Norman Rockwell.
- George and Steven Spielberg are the makers of 6 highest-grossing films of the 1980s.
- He lost his voice during the production of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), which none of the cast or crew noticed for several days.
- Lucas is an active philanthropist and has pledged through The Giving Pledge to use half his fortune in supporting charities.
- He has endowed more than $1 billion through his charitable family foundation.
- In August 2015, George was honored as a Disney Legend.
- He was recognized as one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors on December 6, 2015.
- Visit his official website @ lucasfilm.com.
- George Lucas is not active on social media.
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