Gary Kurtz Autograph w/Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford
A gorgeous 8x10" Black and White photograph of Gary Kurtz with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. Signed by Gary Kurtz in yellow marker adding "Producer" under his signature.
Kurtz was born on July 27, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. He died on September 23, 2018, from cancer.
In 1973, he co-produced American Graffiti which became a huge box office hit and for which he was nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture. He later produced Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, released in 1977, for which he was also nominated for Academy Award. He then produced Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back which was released 1980. In the early 1980s, Kurtz co-produced The Dark Crystal, a joint venture between Lord Grade and Jim Henson, which was co-directed by Frank Oz.
Kurtz has claimed that he and George Lucas clashed over how to progress the Star Wars series. Kurtz recalled after Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, Lucas became convinced that audiences no longer cared about the story; they were simply there for thrills and entertainment, and he began to deviate from the original nine-episode bible starting with Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, at which point Kurtz quit the series. Kurtz has expressed his dissatisfaction with Return of the Jedi and Star Wars prequels. In recent years, Kurtz has acknowledged how the latter three films have impressive moments but could've better their substance had they had different filmmakers involved as well as how the new trilogy has divided fans. Other sources have suggested that Kurtz was removed from the franchise by Lucas after he had allowed production on Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to run seriously over-schedule and over-budget.
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