Skip to comments.Gary Kurtz, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Producer, Dies at 78
Posted on 09/24/2018 9:28:03 AM PDT by EdnaMode
Gary Kurtz, a producer on Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, has died. He was 78.
According to a statement by The Kurtz/Joiner Archive, the producer died from cancer on Sunday in North London, England.
Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47pm after living with Cancer for the last year, read the statement. We have him to thank for these wonderful memories that he made for us all. Gary Kurtz helped to create the force and it is with us always. Gary Kurtz left behind Clare Gabriel, Tiffany Kurtz, Melissa Kurtz, and Dylan Kurtz. Our thoughts are with his family.
Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in various Star Wars films, tweeted Monday: RIP Gary Kurtz. A great filmmaker and man has just passed. Without him there would have been no force. You will be remembered in the incredible films you made that touched the lives of millions.
In addition to his work on the Star Wars films, which also included A New Hope, Kurtz also produced George Lucas American Graffiti, The Dark Crystal, Return to Oz and The Steal. Most recently, he served as executive producer on 2016s Gangster Kittens. Before his death, Kurtz had various projects in development, including The Chimeran and Offbeat.
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Kurtz probably died of sadness after watching what Disney did to his characters.
Agreed. Those were two great movies, destroyed by PC Dizney.
May the Force be with you. Sorry you lived long enough to hear about “Midichorians”.
The only two great Star Wars films.
He could survive anything.
Outside of Godfather part II there is no other greater sequel than Empire Strikes Back....the best of all of the movies
Did he try using the Force?
No Connery Bond movie was better than Dr. No?
me honey and me make boolooloop soon.
Those were the good ones.
When I saw it in 1977, I considered Star Wars I to be the greatest movie of all time. I did’t like Star Wars II (1980), and although I liked Star Wars III better than its antecedent, it still couldn’t hold a candle to the first one.
Certainly, Disney did them even worse than Lucas ever did (and I heard they had a massive falling out over the ending of Return of the Jedi where Lucas turned it into an unrealistically happy ending).
The stories and characters are still around. Disney does what most of Hollywood does nowadays: Inferior remakes.
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