Believe it or not, Lucasâ€™s first love was not film. As a teenager, the California native dreamt of becoming a racecar driver, but a life-threatening car accident put a halt to his Speed Racer ambitions. He wound up attending the University of Southern California to study film. There, he honed his skills as a filmmaker, and achieved mainstream success seven years later with his second feature, American Graffiti. Not only was the 1973 coming-of-age flick a critical hit, earning Lucas Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay, but it also raked in some serious dough. Costing an estimated $777,000 to produce, the film grossed $115 million domestically. Thatâ€™s more than $50 for every dollar spent on production and distribution, making Lucas an instant millionaire before the age of 30.