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May 14, 1944: Happy 70th George Lucas

George Lucas was born on this day in 1944. Born and raised in Modesto, CA, a rural city almost 100 miles east of San Francisco. Modesto is a farm community led by milk, almonds, chickens, corn silage and walnuts. It is also the inspiration for Lucas’ award winning film, American Graffiti.

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Young George wanted to be a race car driver, but after a near fatal accident in his Fiat Bianchina, he changed his mind.


btsstarwarsr2prototype_bigThen there was Star Wars

After his success with American Graffiti – made for only $780,000, the film grossed $50 million in the box office – Lucas set out to make a Saturday morning serial, part fairy tale part Flash Gordon. A complete fantasy adventure set in the imagery of frontier outer space, the project eventually evolved into a full-length feature entitled, Star Wars.


Star Wars blew audiences away with its awe inspiring special effects, fantastic landscapes and captivating characters. Made for $11 million, the film grossed over $513 million during its original release.





Lucas Films

Title Released Role(s)
THX 1138 1971 director, story, co-writer
American Graffiti 1973 director, story, co-writer
Star Wars 1977 director, story, writer, exec. producer
More American Graffiti 1979 exec. producer
Kagemusha 1980 exec. producer
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 story, uncredited co-writer, exec. producer, uncredited co-director
Body Heat 1981 uncredited exec. producer
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 story, exec. producer, uncredited second unit director
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 exec. producer, story, co-writer, uncredited co-director
Twice Upon a Time 1983 exec. producer
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 story, exec. producer, cameo as “Tourist boarding plane”
Latino 1985 uncredited co-producer and co-editor
Mishima 1985 exec. producer
Howard the Duck 1986 exec. producer
Labyrinth 1986 exec. producer
Powaqqatsi 1988 exec. producer
Willow 1988 story, exec. producer
Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1988 exec. producer
The Land Before Time 1988 exec. producer
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 story, exec. producer
Hook 1991 cameo as “Man kissing on bridge”
Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 cameo as “Disappointed Man”
Radioland Murders 1994 story, exec. producer
Men in Black 1997 uncredited cameo as himself
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 director, story, writer, exec. producer
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 director, story, co-writer, exec. producer
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 director, story, writer, exec. producer, cameo as “Baron Papanoida”
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 story, exec. producer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 story, exec. producer
Red Tails 2012 exec. producer
Star Wars Episode VII 2015 story treatment
Star Wars Episode VIII   story treatment
Star Wars Episode IX   story treatment


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