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Gary Kurtz (I) (1940–2018)


Gary Kurtz was born on July 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Gary Douglas Kurtz. He was a producer and assistant director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), The Dark Crystal (1982) and American Graffiti (1973). He was married to Stephanie Clare Gabriel, Roberta Jimenez and Meredith Marie Alsup. He died on September 23... See full bio »

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The Dark Crystal Producer
(1982)
(1973)
(2014)

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 2016 Gangster Kittens (executive producer)
 2014 Centurion Resurrection (Short) (executive producer)
 2008 Resistance (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2007 5-25-77 (producer)
 2007 Friends and Heroes (TV Series) (producer - 13 episodes)
- No Way Out (2007) ... (producer)
- No Turning Back (2007) ... (producer)
- Exodus (2007) ... (producer)
- Horseplay (2007) ... (producer)
- Doing Our Part (2007) ... (producer)
 2004 The Tale of Jack Frost (TV Movie) (co-executive producer - uncredited)
 1995 The Steal (producer)
 1993 The Thief and the Cobbler (producer - uncredited)
 1989 Slipstream (producer)
 1985 Return to Oz (executive producer)
 1982 The Dark Crystal (producer - produced by)
 1977 The Making of 'Star Wars' (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 1973 American Graffiti (co-producer)
 1971 Chandler (associate producer)
 1971 Two-Lane Blacktop (associate producer)
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Show Show Self (17 credits)

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[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. See more »

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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. See more »

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