Howard Kazanjian

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Howard G. Kazanjian (born 1942) is an American film producer, former Vice President of Lucasfilm, LTD and a published non-fiction author. Kazanjian graduated from the University of Southern California. While there he first met a young George Lucas, and they became not only Delta Kappa Alpha cinema fraternity brothers but also long standing friends. They were members of a clique of filmmakers known to the Hollywood system and the university circuit as The Dirty Dozen. During those college years, Kazanjian and Lucas both met their respective future wives, and the couples would often double date. Kazanjian's early credits include being an assistant director on Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot and Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch. He later worked with director Robert Wise on his production of The Hindenberg. Kazanjian moved into film production rather than directorial work at Hitchcock's suggestion and is most notable for having served as executive producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and producer on Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, two of the biggest films of all time.
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