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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 27 July 1940Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameGary Douglas Kurtz

Mini Bio (1)

Gary Kurtz was born on July 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Gary Douglas Kurtz. He is a producer and assistant director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and American Graffiti (1973). He has been married to Clare Gabriel since 2003. He was previously married to Roberta Jimenez Kurtz and Meredith Alsup Kurtz.

Spouse (3)

Clare Gabriel (2003 - present)
Roberta Jimenez Kurtz (1984 - 1992) (divorced) (1 child)
Meredith Alsup Kurtz (1963 - 1984) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

Child with Roberta Jimenez Kurtz - Dylan Antony Kurtz
Came up with the title for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
He took over John Barry's second unit duties after his sudden death on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) until his replacement Harley Cokeliss arrived. Kurtz directed the scene in which Luke flees the Wampa cave.
He invested in Return to Oz (1985) which failed at the box office. He filed for bankruptcy in 1985.

Personal Quotes (2)

[about the Star Wars movies] In terms of a saga of interrelated stories we always wanted to have each picture directed by a different person, to add a slightly different style or focus to the overall development, so that when they were eventually seen in a group one could see how the individual filmic styles added to the development of the characters.
Tension between the actors comes and goes. Some days they get on well, others they don't but these are just the normal misunderstandings that take place under high tension. Actors, more than anyone else, suffer from continuous anxieties as to whether they're doing a good job, whether they'r approved of by other actors or members of the crew. They inflict upon themselves a sort of endless psychiatric self-analysis.

Salary (2)

American Graffiti (1973) $ ? + 5% of profits
Star Wars (1977) $50,000 + 5% of the net profits

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