Behind The Camera: The Life Of George Lucas

A director, writer, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, George Lucas is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. A member of the up-and-coming directors in the 1970s known as the “movie brats,” Lucas made a name for himself with his film American Graffiti in 1973 and established himself as an auteur and Hollywood powerhouse with the creation of Star Wars and the Indiana Jones franchise, alongside Steven Spielberg. Considered to be one of the most significant figures in the New Hollywood movement, more people know the name than the actual man. Take a look into George Lucas’ history, and the ultra-successful life has lived up to this point.

He Wasn’t Always Interested In Filmmaking

Lucas in a race jacket
M. Tran/FilmMagic
M. Tran/FilmMagic

Before George Lucas got involved in the film industry, he had far different dreams and tried his hand at several other careers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, as a teenager, Lucas had his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver.

Unfortunately, a near-death experience in high school while racing put an end to that prospect. Not wanting to take over his father’s office supply company, after graduating from high school he enlisted in the Air Force. However, he was rejected for having received too many speeding tickets.