Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Birthday: 14th May
George Lucas is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. Lucas is best known for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and founding Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and Industrial Light & Magic. He served as chairman of Lucasfilm before selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012.
Lucas worked as writer and the director of American Graffiti (1973), inspired by his youth in the early 1960s Modesto, California, and produced through the newly founded Lucasfilm. The film was critically and commercially successful and received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Lucas's next film, the epic space opera Star Wars (1977), had a troubled production but was a surprise hit, becoming the highest-grossing film at the time, winning six Academy Awards and sparking a cultural phenomenon. Lucas produced and co-wrote the sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). With director Steven Spielberg, he created, produced, and co-wrote the Indiana Jones films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989) and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). He also produced and wrote a variety of films and television series through Lucasfilm between the 1970s and the 2010s.
In 1997, Lucas re-released the Star Wars Trilogy as part of a special edition featuring several alterations; home media versions with further changes were released in 2004 and 2011. He returned to directing with a Star Wars prequel trilogy comprising Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). He last collaborated on the CGI-animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2014, 2020), the war film Red Tails (2012), and the CGI film Strange Magic (2015).
Lucas is one of history's most financially successful filmmakers and has been nominated for four Academy Awards. His films are among the 100 highest-grossing movies at the box office. Lucas is considered a significant figure of the 20th-century New Hollywood movement.
Awards & Nominations:
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 4
1978 - Best Director: STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE
1978 - Best Original Screenplay: STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE
1974 - Best Director: AMERICAN GRAFFITI
1974 - Best Original Screenplay: AMERICAN GRAFFITI
How do you rate George Lucas' movies?
WATCH GEORGE LUCAS THIS WEEK
Star Wars Sky Cinema
from Monday 3rd August
Sky Cinema dedicates a channel to George Lucas Star Wars saga.
FILM: American Graffiti (1973)
Sunday 2nd August, Sony Movies Classic, 9:00pm
A pre-Star Wars movie from George Lucas - keep an eye out for Harrison Ford as well!
FILM: Jurassic Park (1993)
Lucas helped out with the post-production on Spielberg's classic dinosaur adventure.
FILM: Empire of Dreams: The Story of 'The Star Wars Trilogy' (2004)
Lucas and the cast and crew talk through the making of the original trilogy in this documentary.
What's your favourite George Lucas film?