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George Lucas in 2010.

George Lucas (born 14 May 1944) is an American producer, director and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the Star Wars franchise.

Lucas served as a producer on Labyrinth, contributing ideas and practical knowledge across the various stages of production.

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Lucas' career as a filmmaker began in the early 1970s when he produced the dystopian science-fiction film THX-1138 (1971). The film was not a success, and Lucas' work did not receive widespread acclaim until the release of American Graffitti in 1973. American Graffitti was met with positive reviews and financial success, and established Lucas as a important figure in the industry.

The series of films that Lucas is best known for started with Star Wars in 1977, a futuristic space-opera that was met with rave reviews and record box office receipts. Star Wars was followed by two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

In the 1980s, Lucas generally took on production roles in the films of other directors. Lucas worked as a producer on all of director Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1980. Other projects for Lucas in the decade were Howard the Duck (1986) and Willow (1988).

In the late 1990s, Lucas returned to the Star Wars films and started producing a series of prequel films, starting with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999 and ending with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 2005.

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