George Lucas

George Lucas

Lucas in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: George Walton Lucas

Place of Birth: Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 14, 1944

*father – English, Scottish, distant Dutch, French, and Swiss-German
*mother – German, some Swiss-German

George Lucas is an American filmmaker, director, screenwriter, producer, and businessperson. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, two of the biggest cultural forces of the last 50 years. He has directed the films THX 1138, American Graffiti, Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; he also co-wrote his first two films, and wrote all of the Star Wars films he directed, except for Attack of the Clones, which he co-wrote. He also co-wrote Return of the Jedi. He created and developed the series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and created the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He founded Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and Industrial Light & Magic, and co-founded THX.

George is the son of Dorothy Ellinore (Bomberger) and George Walton Lucas. He is married to businessperson Mellody Hobson. He has a daughter, professional mixed martial artist Amanda Lucas/Powerhouse, who is adopted, with his former wife, film editor Marcia Lucas; two children he adopted as a single parent, including actress and writer Katie Lucas; and a daughter with Mellody. Mellody is African-American.

George’s paternal grandfather was Walton Hood Lucas (the son of William Fleming Lucas and Margaret E. Taylor). Walton was born in Arkansas. William was the son of Hamilton S./L. Lucas and Harriet M./Arnetta McCurdy. Margaret was the daughter of John Taylor and Martha Harbin.

George’s paternal grandmother was Maude/Maud Esther Leedy (the daughter of Henry Clay Leedy and Phoebe Caroline Boston/Bostwich). Maude was born in Illinois. Henry was the son of Samuel Keith Leedy and Margaret Whitnack/Whitnah. Henry’s brother, George’s great-great-uncle John W. Leedy, was a politician, who, as a member of the Populist Party, was Governor of Kansas, from January 11, 1897 to January 9, 1899. George’s great-grandmother Phoebe was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Boston and Elizabeth Ann Davis.

George’s maternal grandfather was Paul Spayd Bomberger (the son of John Stauffer Bomberger and Alice Johanna/Joanna Spayd). Paul was born in Pennsylvania, and was of German and Swiss-German descent. John was the son of Samuel F. Bomberger and Marthene “Mattie” Stauffer. Alice was the daughter of Daniel Kline Spayd and Maria Endress Bomberger.

George’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy A. Pieper (the daughter of The Rev. William Henry Pieper and Margaret Elenore Scherer/Sherer). Dorothy was born in Iowa. The Rev. William was born in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, or in Iowa, to German parents. Margaret was the daughter of German parents, Jacob George Scherer, from Bodenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Margaretha Adehide Timpe, from Bremen.

Sources: Genealogies of George Lucas –

Genealogies of George’s parents –

George’s maternal grandfather, Paul Spayd Bomberger, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

George’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy A. Pieper, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    his father has also at least 1/64 Swiss-German ancestry

    George’s great-grandfather Henry Clay Leedy’s brother, John W. Leedy, served as 14th Governor of Kansas

  2. visokozen says:

    He looks like Eric Clapton.

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