George Lucas

Born May 14, 1944

George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive of Lucasfilm. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion as of 2012.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on May 14, 1944.


1962 18 Years Old On June 12, 1962, while driving his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina, another driver broadsided him, flipping over his car, nearly killing him, causing him to lose interest in racing as a career. … Read More


After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1967, he tried joining the United States Air Force as an officer, but he was immediately turned down because of his numerous speeding tickets. … Read More
In 1969, Lucas was one of the camera operators on the classic Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter.


1979 35 Years Old The animation studio Pixar was founded in 1979 as the Graphics Group, one third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old They adopted a daughter, Amanda Lucas, in 1981, and divorced in 1983. … Read More
1983 39 Years Old A contributing factor was cash-flow difficulties following Lucas' 1983 divorce concurrent with the sudden dropoff in revenues from Star Wars licenses following the release of Return of the Jedi. … Read More


1987 43 Years Old After losing much of his fortune in a divorce settlement in 1987, Lucas had no desire to return to Star Wars, and had unofficially canceled his sequel trilogy by the time of Return of the Jedi. … Read More
1993 49 Years Old By 1993, it was announced, in Variety among other sources, that Lucas would be making the prequels. … Read More


1994 - 1997 2 More Events
1999 55 Years Old The first Star Wars prequel was finished and released in 1999 as Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which would be the first film Lucas had directed in over two decades. … Read More
2002 58 Years Old It was completed and released in 2002 as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. … Read More
2003 59 Years Old From 2003 to 2005, Lucas also served as an executive producer on Star Wars: Clone Wars, an animated microseries on Cartoon Network created by Genndy Tartakovsky, that bridged the events between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.


2006 - 2007 2 More Events
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Lucas collaborated with Jeff Nathanson as a writer of the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg. … Read More
…  He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lucasfilm, before selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012. … Read More
In 2013, Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson donated $25 million to the Chicago-based not-for-profit After School Matters, of which Hobson is the chair.
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By June 2014, Chicago had been selected, pending approval of the Chicago Plan Commission, which was granted. … Read More
Among the materials turned over to the production team were rough story treatments Lucas developed when he considered creating episodes VII–IX himself years earlier; in January 2015, Lucas stated that Disney had discarded his story ideas.
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On 15 April 2016, it was reported that Lucas had donated between $501,000 and $1 million through the Lucas Family Foundation to the Obama Foundation, which is charged with overseeing the construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side.
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