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Definition: Lucas, George from Philip's Encyclopedia

US film director and producer. Lucas began his career as an assistant to Francis Ford Coppola. American Graffiti (1973) was his breakthrough film. Star Wars (1977) was revolutionary in its use of special effects and became one of the biggest grossing films of all time. Lucas was executive producer of the Star Wars sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) and the prequels The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). He worked with Steven Spielberg on the 'Indiana Jones' trilogy.


Summary Article: Lucas, George
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born May 14, 1944, Modesto, Calif., U.S.) Film director and producer. He studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California. His first feature film, THX 1138 (1971), was followed by the surprise success American Graffiti (1973). He wrote and directed the immensely popular science-fiction movie Star Wars (1977), which made innovative use of computerized special effects. He formed the production company Lucasfilms (1978) and its special-effects division Industrial Light and Magic and produced the Star Wars sequels—The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1993)—as well as Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels. He returned to directing with the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace (1999), which was followed by the other prequels Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Birth Place: Modesto, California, United States

Name: Lucas, George or George Lucas

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American director, producer, and screenwriter

Keywords: directing, American, “THX 1138”, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, screenwriting, “Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones”, “Star Wars”, “Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, Lucasfilm, Ltd., Lucas, George, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, George Lucas, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, “Empire Strikes Back, The”, Academy Award, motion picture, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, Modesto, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, producing, Kennedy Center Honors, “American Graffiti”, “Return of the Jedi”, “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace”, Darth Vader, California

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