Producer Gary Kurtz Passes Away at the Age of 78
Gary Kurtz passed away on Sunday, September 23rd due to cancer. Kurtz was most well-known for producing Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal, and American Graffiti, and co-producing Slipstream.
Gary Kurtz had been an incredibly busy man, he produced seventeen movies, was the second unit director in another five, the production manager for four more, actor in two, and much more. It was an impressive feat by any means. While it’s easy to look at the numbers and be impressed, it’s important to remember that Gary Kurtz produced many highly acclaimed films.
Leaving Behind a Legacy
Gary Kurtz was born on July 27th, 1940. He was an American filmmaker and seemed to have a particular talent for making unforgettable films. Many were instant hits, while others were cult classics. His first big breakthrough was being the assistant director for Ride in the Whirlwind. From there he managed to make his way into Lucas Films. He also took a break from film to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Kurtz received many nominations for and won many awards during his time in film. These included Favorite Motion Picture in the People’s Choice Awards for The Empire Strikes Back, and Best Fantasy from the Saturn Awards for The Dark Crystal. There are many more awards and nominations that could be mentioned here of course, which is a natural result of a career such as his.
Gary Kurtz left behind a loving family who will miss him dearly. Actors that he has worked within the past have been putting out many tributes during the last few days, all of them heartwarming and full of grief and respect.
Word of the Nerd would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends at this time.