To many science-fiction enthusiasts around the world, George Lucas is something of a cultural god. In the late 1970s, Lucas put together a little movie he didn't expect to do well, and it became the foundation for the second-highest-grossing motion picture franchise of all time. It's risen and fallen on that list over the years, but whatever spot it holds, it's hard to say that Star Wars hasn't had a significant impact on the world. Lucas was the first of many creators considered "New Hollywood," and his impact on filmmaking has been substantial.
While plenty of people have an encyclopedic knowledge of the worlds Lucas has created, most fans are less familiar with the creator. If you're a fan of Star Wars, American Graffiti, Indiana Jones, or any other worlds he helped create, ask yourself how much you know about the man himself. Most fans know a bit about Skywalker Ranch, but there's always more to learn, and because of this, there's a lot you (probably) don't know about George Lucas.
This list aims to fill in the gaps as much as possible, so there won't be much about Luke Skywalker, but there's plenty about the man who gave him life. Take a look, and if you learn something new about Lucas, be sure to give it an upvote to see which item reaches the top!
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Lucas Was So Convinced 'Star Wars' Would Flop, He Made A Costly Bet With Steven Spielberg
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A Near-Fatal Car Wreck Led Lucas To FilmmakingPhoto: American Graffiti / Universal Pictures
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Lucas Waived His Up-Front Director Fees And Opted To Own The Licensing Rights For ‘Star Wars’
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Lucas's Favorite 'Star Wars' Character Is One That Many Fans Hate
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Lucas Appeared Before Congress In 1988 To Argue In Support Of Artistic Integrity
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Francis Ford Coppola Helped Him Enter The Film Business