A Personal Photolog: George Lucas from Childhood to Today
George Walton Lucas Jr. was born on May 14, 1944, in Modesto California, United States. He is an entrepreneur and filmmaker; his most notable work to date remains the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. During his childhood years, he dreamed of becoming a race car driver and spent most of his time driving and racing in underground circuits. His love for racing was halted after he came close to death when his car flipped over when another driver broadsided him. He turned his interest to shooting with a camera and watching classic films. He also studied at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
In 1969, Lucas started working on Star Wars, which later became the highest-grossing film at that time. He then went on hiatus from directing and became a producer and writer instead. He made a comeback in 1999 and directed Episode I – The Phantom Menace of the Star Wars franchise. He later sold Lucasfilm to Disney, where he is still involved in sequels as an executive producer.