George Lucas, the man who created Star Wars, turns 76 today. Lucas was born on May 14th, 1944 and, even though he has technically only directed six movies, he is unquestionably one of the most influential filmmakers in history. All across social media, fans and those associated with the Star Wars franchise took some time to wish Lucas well on his birthday.
Starting with 1977’s Star Wars, later subtitled as A New Hope, George Lucas gifted pop culture with one of its most wide-reaching and beloved franchises. While Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the rights to the franchise to Disney in 2012, anything that has happened before or since is because of him. The official Star Wars social media accounts welcomed fans in wishing him a happy birthday by using a classic C-3PO quote.
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“Thank the maker! Join us in wishing the great George Lucas a happy birthday today.”
Years before he created a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas made his directorial debut with a very different kind of sci-fi movie, 1971’s THX 1138. He then made American Graffiti before moving on to Star Wars, the movie that would go on to define the rest of his career. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the franchise, wished Lucas a happy birthday as part of his “May the” series of posts.
“May The 14th 1944 Be The Day Genial Genius George Walton Lucas Jr. Was Born Without Whom My “May The” Calendar Would Not Have Been Possible”
One tribute came from actor Stephen Stanton, who has voiced characters on Rebels and Resistance, as well as playing Admiral Raddus in Rogue One. Stanton shared a clip of a PBS interview with George Lucas from 20 years ago, in which, the filmmaker shares his thoughts on what it means to be a hero.
“Everybody has the choice of being a hero or not being a hero every day of their lives. You can either help somebody, you can be compassionate toward people, you can treat some people with dignity. Or not. And one way you become a hero, and the other way you’re part of the problem. It’s not a grand thing. You don’t have to get into a giant laser sword fight and blow up three spaceships to become a hero. It’s a very small thing that happens every day of your life.”
To date, the Star Wars movies have grossed more than $10 billion at the global box office. Beyond that, the characters and everything that has come as a result has inspired countless filmmakers and a legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, for generations. Be sure to check out some of our collected birthday wishes from Twitter.
Thank the maker! Join us in wishing the great George Lucas a happy birthday today. pic.twitter.com/aNLivVJXjk
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 14, 2020
20 years ago Bill Moyers interviewed #GeorgeLucas for the PBS
documentary The Mythology Of #StarWars! Here’s one of my favorite clips from it of George giving his thoughts on what it means to be a noble hero! His belief has stood the test of time & still rings true today! pic.twitter.com/5UX4He1nWv
— Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) May 14, 2020
May The 14th 1944 Be The Day Genial Genius George Walton Lucas Jr. Was Born Without Whom My “May The” Calendar Would Not Have Been Possible pic.twitter.com/XP1xsjmkDt
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 14, 2020
Happy Birthday to the man, the myth, the legend, George Lucas!#StarWarspic.twitter.com/sr5wE0Oxyb
— ILMVFX (@ILMVFX) May 14, 2020
Happy birthday to the great George Lucas, the Maker himself! Thank you for creating a galaxy far, far away: a place that inspired me as a child and a universe I’ve been so lucky to work in as an adult.
I highly recommend that people check out @lucasmuseum too.
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) May 14, 2020
Happy Birthday to the master himself, George Lucas!
A legend who redefined the art of film, you will continue to inspire countless generations to come, thank you for everything! ???? pic.twitter.com/cItFgj7jHC
— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) May 14, 2020
Happy birthday to George Lucas, a true genius. I spoke to him for 2 hours last year about The Phantom Menace. He was warm, honest, and very funny. I’ll never forget it. https://t.co/Bqs0Eys6bZpic.twitter.com/HxocPwWDjt
— Dan and the Belmonts (@dan_brooks) May 14, 2020
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor
Directed by George Lucas
Read about this franchise’s incredible matte paintings: https://t.co/pjd7FbZ0MApic.twitter.com/MdyOXB8k5b
— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) May 14, 2020
Thank the maker! Happy birthday to the one and only George Lucas! Without his genius, we wouldn’t have some of the greatest storytelling and characters of all time. pic.twitter.com/iAcQH9Ru3a
— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) May 14, 2020
Today is the day the Maker was made…
Happy Birthday #GeorgeLucas, and May The Force Be With You! pic.twitter.com/1oTZ1eLFkm
— The Rebellion (@BrianRebellion) May 14, 2020
Happy Birthday to #GeorgeLucas who turns 76 years old today! May the Force be with you!✨???? pic.twitter.com/z49DaRItg5
— Geeks + Gamers (@GeeksGamersCom) May 14, 2020
Happy birthday george lucas pic.twitter.com/ihdhlDOwBP
— giu dameron (@PercyjSkywalker) May 14, 2020
Happy Birthday to the legendary filmmaker, father of STAR WARS,
Mr. George Lucas!
Thank you for our dreams.#GeorgeLucas#StarWarspic.twitter.com/nxCns3UKSl
— István Regös (@regos_istvan) May 14, 2020
Happy birthday to the legend and creator of Star Wars himself, George Lucas. pic.twitter.com/CX7ApXFWep
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) May 14, 2020
Happy Birthday George Lucas! ????
One of the greatest storytellers and worldbuilders of all time.#GeorgeLucas#StarWars#Lucasfilmpic.twitter.com/g0YXD8sPO9
— ʀᴇᴠᴀɴ✘ (@SW_RevanX) May 14, 2020
Happy birthday to the Master???????? I owe him so much gratitude because he has brought me so much happiness over the years. His stories were so relatable and inspiring and they will live with me forever. Thank you, George Lucas. I hope to see you work on Star Wars again some day. pic.twitter.com/P6OFelpCZR
— Knuckle Head (@Knuckle_HeadTV) May 14, 2020
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