Entertainment: Star Wars
|born on||25 May 1977 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||04°16' 27°59 Asc. 13°01'|
American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away".
The franchise began in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars (subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981), by 20th Century Fox, which became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released between 1999 and 2005, which received a more mixed reaction from critics and fans in comparison to the original trilogy. A more-recent sequel trilogy began with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). All seven films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $6.46 billion, making Star Wars the fourth highest-grossing film series.
The series has spawned an extensive media franchise—the Star Wars expanded universe—including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books, resulting in significant development of the series's fictional universe. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise." In 2012, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion, including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.
In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion and announced a new Star Wars trilogy, which began with the release of The Force Awakens in 2015. 20th Century Fox retains the physical distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original 1977 film and holding the rights to Episodes I–III, V and VI until May 2020. Walt Disney Studios owns digital distribution rights to all the Star Wars films, excluding A New Hope.
- associate relationship with Blessed, Brian (born 9 October 1936). Notes: Voiced Boss Rugor Nass
- associate relationship with Byrne, Rose (born 24 July 1979). Notes: Played Dormé
- associate relationship with Driver, Adam (born 19 November 1983). Notes: Played Kylo Ren Ben Solo
- associate relationship with Eckstein, Ashley (born 22 September 1981). Notes: Voiced Ahsoka Tano, 2008-
- associate relationship with Ehrenreich, Alden (born 22 November 1989). Notes: Played Han Solo
- associate relationship with Fisher, Carrie (born 21 October 1956). Notes: Played Princess Leia Organa
- associate relationship with Ford, Harrison (born 13 July 1942). Notes: Played Han Solo
- associate relationship with Guinness, Alec (born 2 April 1914). Notes: Played Obi-Wan Kenobi
- associate relationship with Hamill, Mark (born 25 September 1951). Notes: Played Luke Skywalker
- associate relationship with Jackson, Samuel L. (born 21 December 1948). Notes: Played Mace Windu
- associate relationship with Jones, James Earl (born 17 January 1931). Notes: Voiced Darth Vader
- associate relationship with King, Jaime (born 23 April 1979). Notes: Voiced Aurra Sing in "The Clone Wars"
- associate relationship with Kurtz, Gary (born 27 July 1940). Notes: Producer
- associate relationship with Lanter, Matt (born 1 April 1983). Notes: Voiced Anakin Skywalker in "The Clone Wars" and "Rebels"
- associate relationship with Lawson, Denis (born 27 September 1947). Notes: Played Wedge Antilles
- associate relationship with Lee, Christopher (born 27 May 1922). Notes: Played Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
- associate relationship with Lucas, George (born 14 May 1944). Notes: Creator, director, editor
- associate relationship with McGregor, Ewan (born 31 March 1971). Notes: Played Obi-Wan Kenobi
- associate relationship with McQuarrie, Ralph (born 13 June 1929). Notes: Conceptual designer and illustrator
- associate relationship with Neeson, Liam (born 7 June 1952). Notes: Played Qui-Gon Jinn
- associate relationship with Portman, Natalie (born 9 June 1981). Notes: Played Padmé Amidala
- associate relationship with Stamp, Terence (born 22 July 1938). Notes: Played Chancellor Finis Valorum
- associate relationship with Taylor, James Arnold (born 22 July 1969). Notes: Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Clone Wars"
- associate relationship with Tran, Kelly Marie (born 17 January 1989). Notes: Played Rose Tico
- associate relationship with Williams, Billy Dee (born 6 April 1937). Notes: Played Lando Calrissian
- compare to chart of Older, Daniel José (born 18 January 1980)
Sy Scholfield quotes from Where Were You When?: 180 Unforgettable Moments in Living History by Ian Harrison (Penguin Putnam, 2008), p. 166: "at 10:00 a.m. on May 25, 1977, the history of the film industry changed forever when Star Wars (as it was now called) was released in 32 American movie theaters, with long lines in New York and Los Angeles for more than two hours;" and from Skywalking: The Life And Films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock (Da Capo, 1999), p. 184: "Star Wars opened in thirty-two theaters across the country on May 25, 1977. Boone gambled by opening it on a Wednesday, rather than the weekend, and began shows at 10:00 a.m. in New York and Los Angeles."
Indeed, according to Grauman's Chinese Theater website the film opened there on that date at 10 AM in Los Angeles . However, Scholfield searched the New York Times on that date and the earliest advertised session was at 10:45am at the Astor Plaza on Broadway (p. C22).
- Notable : Awards : Oscar
- Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Release dates