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George Lucas directed the Star Wars films and Indiana Jones movies, both of which took on a cult-like following.
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Harrison Ford returned as the famed adventuring archaeologist in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and was joined by Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf on this new challenge. The film proved one of the summer's biggest hits.
Lucas served as the producer of a different type of action film in early 2012. Working for years,
he was able to help bring the story of the famed African American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen in Red Tails. This World War II drama starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrace Howard, Nate Parker and David Oyelowo.
Red Tails may prove to be one of Lucas's final epics, excluding a possible new Indiana Jones film. He announced that he was retiring from big blockbusters to explore smaller, more personal stories on the screen around this time. To that end, Lucas decided to sell his company, Lucasfilm, to the Walt Disney Company in October 2012. He received about 40 million shares of Disney stock as part of the deal. In return, Disney got the rights to the very lucrative Star Wars franchise.
In addition to being a filmmaker, Lucas has been dedicated to helping improve education. He created the George Lucas Educational Foundation in the early 1990s. His organization encourages the use of project-based and team-based learning among other education reforms. Lucas serves as the foundation's chairman and its mission is deeply personal to him. He spent many years as a single father to his adopted daughter Amanda after his divorce in film editor Marcia Griffin in 1983. After their split, Lucas also adopted two more children: Katie and Jet.
In January 2013, Lucas announced his engagement to Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments. The couple had been dating for five years prior to their engagement.
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