Published On: Mon, Sep 24th, 2018

‘Star Wars’ Producer Gary Kurtz Dies

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Star Wars producer and Hollywood icon Gary Kurtz died Sunday, after a year long battle with cancer.

Kurtz was best known for producing Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. He also produced cult classics American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal.

Hollywood Reporter confirmed Monday the filmmaker died over the weekend in North London, U.K., aged 78.

His family said “Gary was a magnificent man, who will be hugely missed.”

“He was a Marine, a world traveler, an outdoorsman, and a kind, compassionate human being,” his family said in a statement.

“His life’s work was to share the wonder of audio visual storytelling through the art of film.”

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‘Star Wars’ Producer Gary Kurtz Dies