Today’s Birthday: May 13th

Happy Birthday Today: Stephen Colbert, Joe Johnston, Bea Arthur, Samantha Morton, Candice King, Hunter Parrish, Harvey Keitel, Deby Ryan, Lena Dunham, Robert Pattinson, Iwan Rheon

Happy Birthday director Joe Johnston

joejohnston.jpgHappy Birthday director Joe Johnston

Born: Joseph Eggleston Johnston III
May 13, 1950 in Austin, Texas, USA

He provided the final designs for “Star Wars” characters Yoda and Boba Fett.

Answered an ad while a student at Cal State-Long Beach, which was looking for employees. That ad was for George Lucas whom Johnston became acquainted with. He was employed a storyboard artist who would watch Lucas do his editing. Eventually, Johnston decided to leave Lucas’ company and travel with the money he had saved up. But Lucas suggested that he go to USC film school (his alma mater), which Lucas would get him to the front of the line for applicants, pay for his tuition, and keep Johnston as a part time employee with his salary. Johnston said he would have been crazy not to accept the offer and immediately said yes.

MOVIE POSTERCAPTAIN AMERICA
dir. Joe Johnston
Stars:
Chris Evans
Hugo Weaving

THE ROCKETEERThe Rocketeer
1991
dir. Joe Johnston
Cast
Billy Campbell
Jennifer Connelly
The Wolfman Movie PosterThe Wolfman
dir. Joe Johnston
Stars
Benicio Del Toro
Anthony Hopkins

 moviesOCTOBER SKY
1999
dir. Joe Johnston
Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Chris Cooper