George Lucas

Lucasfilm And Light & Magic

Background Information

Date of Birth: May 14th, 1944 (70 years old)

Grew up in Modesto, California

Current residence: San Anselmo, California

Education/ Business Experience

Best known for directing the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. He studied cinematography at the University of Southern California. Francis Ford Coppola guided him in the film industry. First film was a short futuristic Sci-Fi film called THX-1138, and flopped terribly. He then made his second film, American Graffiti, a low budget film about American youth, the movie turned out to be a huge success being nominated for 5 different Oscar categories, grossed over $50 million in the box office, and is still considered to be one of the most successful low budget films.

3 Interesting Facts

  • At first he wanted to be a race car driver, but he then quickly changed his mind because of a fatal car accident.
  • He was nominated for 2 daytime Emmy awards, and won 2.

  • In 1977, James Cameron saw Star Wars for the first time; he then quit his job as a truck driver and delved into the film industry.

Important Events

  • 1967: Internship at Warner Brothers

  • 1971: Forms Lucasfilm

  • 1973: American Graffiti released, nominated for 5 academy awards.

  • 1975: Founded Light & Magic, division of Lucasfilm that deals with special effects.

  • 1977: Star Wars released, wins 7 academy awards

  • 2012: Sells Lucasfilm to Walt Disney for $4 billion.

Products/Services that Lucas has Created

George Lucas created the film company Lucasfilms and the special effects division Light & Magic. His first major film was American Graffiti, which was nominated for 5 different Oscar categories, but he is mostly known for his huge successes, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He then recently sold the rights of Lucasfilm to Walt Disney for $4,000,000,000.


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