Profession: Film Director
Why Famous: George Lucas is an film director, scriptwriter and producer associated with some of the most successful films ever made.
Lucas attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he met fellow director Stephen Spielberg. His first major film was "American Graffiti" in 1973.
Lucas went on to create the space opera franchise "Star Wars", directing the first film which became the highest-grossing film ever at the time. Three further films followed. Lucas returned to the franchise with 3 prequel films in 1999.
Lucas also produced the hugely successful 3 Indiana Jones films, asking his good friend Stephen Spielberg to direct.
Lucas set up the special effects company Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) while making the first Star Wars film. It went on to set industry standards for visual and graphic effects in film.
- 2010-05-01 Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California
- 2013-06-22 Star Wars creator George Lucas (69) weds Dreamworks Animation chairman Mellody Hobson (44) at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California
- 1971-12-10 Lucasfilm Ltd. is founded as a film and television production company by George Lucas in San Francisco, California
- 1973-08-02 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
- 1973-08-11 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas, opens in cinemas across the United States
- 1977-05-25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released
- 1980-05-21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America
- 1981-06-12 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (the first Indiana Jones film) directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford premieres
- 1983-05-25 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars Part VI), produced by George Lucas first released
- 1984-05-23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US
- 1989-05-24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg, and produced by George Lucas premieres
- 1999-05-19 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas
- 2002-05-16 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas
- 2005-05-15 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival