Willard Huyck

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Willard Huyck
Willard Miller Huyck, Jr.

(1945-09-08) September 8, 1945 (age 73)
OccupationScreenwriter, film director
Years active1969–present
Gloria Katz (m. 1969–2018)
AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
1973 American Graffiti

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
1973 American Graffiti
Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Screenplay American Graffiti

Willard Miller Huyck, Jr. (born September 8, 1945) is an American screenwriter, director and producer,[1] best known for his association with George Lucas.[2]


Huyck and Lucas met as students at the film school of the University of Southern California, and became members of Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope group of filmmakers. Along with his wife Gloria Katz, Huyck worked on writing the screenplays of films including American Graffiti, Lucky Lady, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Radioland Murders,[1] and performed uncredited work on the original Star Wars.[3][4] He also directed four films he co-wrote with Gloria Katz: Messiah of Evil, French Postcards, Best Defense, and Howard the Duck.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Huyck married Katz in 1969.[5] They remained married until her death in 2018. They had one daughter, Rebecca, born in 1983.



  1. ^ a b "Willard Huyck". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b James, Caryn (August 1, 1986). "Howard the Duck (1986) SCREEN: FROM GEORGE LUCAS, 'HOWARD THE DUCK'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Laurent Bouzereau. Star Wars - The Annotated Screenplays.
  4. ^ "Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller (Revised Fourth Draft)".
  5. ^ "Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck's Best Defense Against Critics Is Their Screenwriting Track Record" By Donald G. McNeil Jr. August 20, 1984 People Magazine accessed 22 April 2015

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