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Gary Kurtz, ‘Star Wars’ & ‘American Graffiti’ Producer, Dies at Age 78

Updated On 25 Sep, 2018 Published On

Gary Kurtz, the Veteran U.S film producer who worked on movies like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and America Graffiti, has died on Sunday, September 23. He was 78.

He passed away in North London, England and as for the cause of death, according to a statement by The Kurtz/Joiner Archive, he died after a long battle with cancer.

The statement reads, "Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47 p.m. after living with Cancer for the last year."

It continues,

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.

Of Gary's death, his family also shared a statement that reads,

Gary was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and mentor, whose work and talent spanned filmmaking, photography, music, and cinema history. He was a Marine, a world traveller, an outdoorsman, and a kind, compassionate human being. … Gary was a magnificent man, who will be hugely missed. His whole family thanks you for your loving thoughts.

Besides working on the 'Star Wars' films, Gary also produced George LucasAmerican Graffiti (1973), The Dark Crystal (1982), Return to Oz (1985) and The Steal (1995).

Most recently, born on July 27, 1940, in Los Angeles, Gary served as executive producer on Gangster Kittens (2016).

Before his death, the late producer had various projects in development, including Offbeat and The Chimeran.

The funeral arrangements of Gary will be announced in the coming days.

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