George Lucas is the visionary behind two of the most cherished franchises in cinematic history - Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He started out as a young, beatnik-minded filmmaker with an edgy style, and his first successful film in 1973 - a coming-of-age flick called ‘American Graffiti.’ But Lucas dreamt of making a series of films that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. In spite of skepticism and meddling from film studios, Lucas worked with a low budget to make his sci-fi epic a reality, and ‘Star Wars’ was born. The first film, released in 1977, was so wildly successful that Lucas earned the respect and the power required to make sequels, along with producing another serial franchise about an adventuring archaeologist named Indiana Jones. A pioneer in special effects, Lucas is often criticized for his over-reliance on CGI in the Star Wars prequels. Also, he is responsible for unleashing Jar Jar Binks on humanity - a hint that he may have joined the dark side.
George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) 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. George Lucas was born in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy Ellinore (ne Bomberger) and George Walton Lucas, Sr., who owned a stationery store. Lucas grew up in the Central Valley town of Modesto, and his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his USC student film 1:42.08, as well as his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti.
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