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Charles Lippincott, Who Hyped ‘Star Wars,’ Is Dead at 80

  • June 03, 2020

Charles Myers Lippincott Jr. was born on Oct. 28, 1939, in Adams, Mass., to Ruth and Charles Lippincott. His mother was a nurse, his father a businessman.

The family moved to Illinois so that his father could work for a heavy equipment manufacturer, and Charles Jr. graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston and attended law school before deciding on a new career path and entering film school at the University of Southern California, where he met Mr. Lucas.

In addition to his wife, who goes by the nickname Bumpy, he is survived by a sister, Janet.

In recent years Mr. Lippincott wrote a blog devoted to his recollections of working on “Star Wars” and other films. In a post from 2015, he wrote that he “did not expect the staggering, overwhelming response” to the film.

“No one did,” he added. “In our wildest dreams, we could not have predicted how massive a hit we had on our hands.”

Kitty Bennett contributed research.

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