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10 Things You Might Not Know About George Lucas

George Lucas is truly the Father of the Star Wars saga. So we guess it wasn't coincidence that the character he played in his cameo in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was called Baron Papanoida (as in Papa). For a man best know as a director, he's had a widely eclectic and profitable career. Here are ten things you might not know about George Lucas:

... that George Lucas has only directed two NON-Star Wars movies: THX 1138 and American Graffiti and they were both made prior to the first Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

... that George Lucas wrote and produced but did not direct Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back or Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

... that George Lucas wrote the screenplays and produced all four of Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movies. Learn more in our Tribute to Indiana Jones.

... that George Lucas' first film company was American Zoetrope which he co-founded with director Francis Ford Coppola in 1969. Lucas' first two films (THX 1138 and American Graffiti) were produced by this company. And George Lucas helped out his friend during the filming of The Godfather by filming some of the second unit shots for a busy Francis Ford Coppola.

… that George Lucas founded the company Industrial Light & Magic - known throughout the industry as ILM to make visual effects for his Star Wars movies. This company is now the leader in its field, having received 15 Academy Awards for creating state-of-the-art, computer generated visuals effects for such films as Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor to name just a very few movies.

… that George Lucas founded and then sold to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the award-wining computer animation company Pixar Studios which is most famous for the computer-generated Toy Story and UP.

... that George Lucas started the company THX and named it after his movie THX 1138. Lucas worked with top sound engineer Tomlinson Holman in the early 1980's to make sure that movie theaters had better sound systems so that audiences would be able to experience the cutting-edge soundtrack when Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was released in theaters in 1983. THX is still used in quality movie theaters across the country.

... that George Lucas owns a 5,000 acre ranch in Marin County, California called "Skywalker Ranch". It is his home, a fully-feature editing studio and what Wikipedia calls a "filmmaker retreat". This guy's gone on a tour and will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on there.

... that George Lucas is so very rich ($3.6 billion on the Forbes Billionaire list) partly because of a deal he struck as the creator of Star Wars to own the licensing rights for the franchise.

... that George Lucas has three adopted kids. His daughter Amanda is 27 and is a mixed martial arts fighter who goes by the name of Powerhouse. Here she is in her first fight and as she appeared in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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