Gary Kurtz

Producer, Director, Cameraman
As a producer, Gary Kurtz laid claim to helping shape one of the most influential properties in the history of motion pictures. Kurtz's early work included various duties for producers like Roger Corman and such ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (18)

77 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Totally Outrageous -- Love 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Totally Outrageous -- Vacations 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Behind the Jump With Robbie Knievel 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Salute to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Unmasked: Exposing the Secrets of Deception 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Steal 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Disneyland Presents Mickey's Nutcracker 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Slipstream 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Chandler 1970 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (5)

Jodorowsky's Dune 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The People vs. George Lucas 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The World's Most Dangerous Magic 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Editor (2)

To Be Free 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Hostage 1965 (Movie)

(Editor)
Production Management (1)

Beach Ball 1965 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Animated Odyssey 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Animation Supervisor

Biography

As a producer, Gary Kurtz laid claim to helping shape one of the most influential properties in the history of motion pictures. Kurtz's early work included various duties for producers like Roger Corman and such directors as Monte Hellman on B-movies like "Ride in the Whirlwind" (1965) and "Two Lane Blacktop" (1971). Through fellow Corman disciple Francis Ford Coppola, he met young filmmaker George Lucas, who later hired him to produce his classic ode to 1960s teen car culture, "American Graffiti" (1973). The duo worked so well together that their collaborative efforts continued on Lucas' epic science-fiction masterpiece, "Star Wars" (1977) and its sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). Differences in creative vision, however, soon put an end to the partnership, and Kurtz left Lucas to produce such artistically impressive - albeit commercially disastrous - features as "The Dark Crystal" (1982) and "Return to Oz" (1985). Over the years that followed, Kurtz worked less frequently, producing the little-seen sci-fi thriller "Slipstream" (1989) and seen on camera as an interviewee for a documentary about his former partner's dubious legacy amongst his own fans, "The People vs. George Lucas" (2010). Although his later career yielded little of lasting note, Kurtz would remain a key figure in what was widely considered the apex of the "Star Wars" saga by followers endlessly fascinated by the franchise's convoluted history.

EDUCATION

School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

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