George Lucas - age: 77

George Lucas

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Director and producer who is best known for creating the groundbreaking science fiction franchise Star Wars. He first received acclaim for his 1973 coming of age film American Graffiti and he also created the action hero Indiana Jones, most famously portrayed by Harrison Ford in the original 1980's trilogy.His estimated net worth was $3.9 billion in 2013 after he sold Star Wars to Disney.He and longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg helped cater in an era of Hollywood known as "The Golden Age" in the 1970s.

BEFORE FAME

He began his collegiate career studying anthropology at Modesto Junior College, then transferred to the University of Souther California School of Cinematic Arts. He attempted to join the United States Air Force after graduation but they wouldn't accept him because of a number of speeding tickets on his record, so instead he re-enrolled at USC as a graduate student in film production.

PERSONAL LIFE

He married film editor Marcia Lou Griffin on February 22, 1969 and divorced her in 1983. He remarried to Mellody Hobson in 2013. He has four children named Amanda, Katie, Everest and Jett.

Historical Events in the Life of George Lucas

1973-8-2 "American Graffiti" directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
1977-5-25 Original "Star Wars" movie ("part IV"), directed by George Lucas first released
1980-5-21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

The meaning of the name Lucas: From Lucania

FUN FACTS

Director George Lucas were born on Sunday, in a leap year, birthstone is Emerald, the seaon was Spring in the Chinese year of Monkey, it is 132 days until George Lucas next birthday.

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