Fast Facts

  • A near-fatal auto crash in 1962 derailed his ambitions to be a race-car driver.
  • Won a Warner Bros. scholarship in 1967 and spent six months as an assistant to Francis Ford Coppola on Finian's Rainbow (1968).
  • Universal studio brass initially disliked the low-budget film American Graffiti (1973) so much they wanted to bypass a theatrical release and sell it straight to TV. It went on to gross more than $100 million.
  • Star Wars was turned down by several studios before Fox agreed to finance it for about $10 million; Lucas waived a portion of his directing fee in return for shared ownership of the merchandising and sequel rights for the series.
  • Net worth, according to Forbes magazine, was estimated at $3 billion in 2010.
  • Joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's "Giving Pledge," by vowing to give the majority of his wealth to charity.

Awards

  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ann Lucas — Sister
  • Kathleen Lucas — Sister
  • Mellody Hobson — Wife
  • Dorothy Lucas — Mother
  • George Walton Lucas Sr. — Father
  • Jett Lucas — Son
  • Katie Lucas — Daughter
  • Marcia Lucas — Ex-wife
  • Wendy Lucas — Sister
  • Amanda Lucas — Daughter
  • Everest Hobson Lucas — Daughter

College

  • Modesto Junior College, Modesto, California, United States (AA, 1964); University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BFA in Cinema, 1966)

Details

  • Birth Name: George Walton Lucas Jr.
  • Birth Place: Modesto, California, United States
  • Birthday: May 14, 1944, Taurus
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer
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