George Lucas (1944 –    ) is a film producer, screenwriter and director who is the creator of the world-famous Star Wars series. He filmed his directorial debut THX 1138 in San Rafael in 1970, and portions of American Graffiti, which he co-wrote and directed, were also filmed in downtown San Rafael.

He founded his production company Lucasfilm (now a division of The Walt Disney Company) in San Rafael in 1971. Skywalker Ranch in Lucas Valley is still home to the celebrated audio postproduction facility, Skywalker Sound, winner of 18 Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Editing.

“You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”

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