George Lucas, whose real name is George Walton Lucas Jr. is a renowned American film director, producer, entrepreneur, and screenwriter. He hosted two of the most well-known series of his career, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, for which he received numerous honors.
His films are among the top 100 grossing films in America, making him one of the most successful filmmakers in history. George is a four-time Academy Award contender for Best Director. He is ranked #107 on the Forbes 400 2019 list and #325 on the Billionaires 2019 list.
George Lucas Biography
George Lucas was raised in Modesto, California, where he was born on May 14, 1944. Dorothy Ellinore Lucas is his mother and George Walton Lucas Sr. is his father. His family also owned a walnut farm in California in addition to a stationery store that sold office supplies. He was inspired to make his 1973 film American Graffiti by growing up in the suburbs of California. He also has siblings named Wendy, Kathleen, and Ann Lucas.
When he was a student at Modesto Junior College, he developed a passion for both photography and filmmaking. He then began producing short movies there. Later, he pursued a degree in filmmaking at Southern California University, where he met fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg and earned several awards, including a Warner Brothers scholarship.
George Lucas Career
After finishing his debut picture, Electronic Labyrinth: THX1138, director George Lucas moved on to his second, American Graffiti, which was released in 1973 and won five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Lucas Director.
But Star Wars, a children’s television series that incorporates elements of fairy tales, Flash Gordon, and a number of fantasy and adventure episodes that portray an image of the guardians of space, marked his greatest commercial success. When it was released in 1977, this $11 million production was a global sensation. It was then followed by two sequels that improved the series.
Following Lucas’ sale of the Star Wars franchise’s rights to Disney, the most current sequel trilogy, as well as spin-off movies and television shows, were created.
George Lucas Net Worth
George Lucas is one of the richest celebrities in the world and the richest person in the entertainment sector as of 2022 with a net worth of almost $11 billion USD. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, which have brought in more than $12 billion at the global box office, are two of his most well-known creations as mentioned above also.
He established the following businesses as divisions of his parent firm Lucasfilm Ltd.: THX, Skywalker Sound, Industrial Light & Magic, and LucasArts. He increases his wealth from these businesses and hard work. As a signatory to the charitable “Giving Pledge,” Lucas declares his commitment to giving away at least half of his fortune.
He has given millions of dollars to organizations that support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and cancer research. The George Lucas Educational Foundation, which he also founded, was established in 1991 as a non-profit operating organization to recognize and promote innovation in schools. The Foundation’s content is accessible under the Edutopia brand.
George Lucas Relationship
Lucas previously wed Marcia Lou Griffin, a film editor, on February 22, 1969, and the couple separated in 1983. In 1981, George & Marcia adopted Amanda Lucas as a daughter. Marcia received $50 million in alimony. After his divorce, Lucas began dating the singer Linda Ronstadt in the late 1980s. Later, as a single parent, he adopted Katie Lucas (born in 1988) and Jett Lucas (born in 1993). The three Star Wars prequel movies all starred his three eldest children.
After dating for five years prior to their announcement of their engagement, Lucas announced his engagement to Mellody Hobson, CEO of Ariel Investment and chairwoman of DreamWorks, in January 2013. In Marin, California’s Skywalker Ranch, they got hitched that same year. Through gestational surrogacy, they welcomed daughter Everest Hobson Lucas in 2013.
George Lucas Awards
George Lucas was honored with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He has gotten four Academy Award nominations for his work on American Graffiti and Star Wars, including Best Writing and Best Directing. He was given the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Academy in 1991.
Only after Spielberg did he become the second person from the cinema, television, and media industries to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. George Lucas was given the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in 2013 for his contributions to American cinema. In August 2015, Lucas was formally recognized as a Disney Legend.