GARY LUCCHESI (Producer) serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. He also serves as the President of the Producer’s Guild of America. Throughout his career, Gary has produced over 40 feature films, achieving both commercial and critical success many times over.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Lucchesi first moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where he studied History. Prior to his graduation, Lucchesi had a chance run-in with a visiting lecturer—none other than David Geffen—who instructed him to begin his career in the mailroom of a talent agency. So, upon graduation from UCLA, Lucchesi started his entertainment career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency.
Within a few years, Lucchesi became an agent at the William Morris Agency, representing clients like Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and John Malkovich. Soon thereafter, Lucchesi left WMA to accept a position as Vice President of Production, and later President of Production, at TriStar Pictures.
Lucchesi went on to become the President of Production at Paramount, where he oversaw the production of such films as GHOST, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, FATAL ATTRACTION, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, COMING TO AMERICA, THE NAKED GUN, THE GODFATHER: PART III, STAR TREK, BLACK RAIN and THE UNTOUCHABLES. In addition, Lucchesi was the Executive Producer on the box-office hit RUNAWAY BRIDE, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
The first feature film that Lucchesi produced independently was the Oscar-Nominated PRIMAL FEAR, after which he signed on as President of Lakeshore Entertainment. For the past 20 years, Lucchesi has been the creative engine at Lakeshore, successfully developing franchises like CRANK and UNDERWORLD, which has generated 4 feature films to date. Other notable hits include THE LINCOLN LAWYER with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, and THE UGLY TRUTH starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl.
In 2004, Lucchesi executive-produced MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which won the Oscar for Best picture. Further, Lucchesi has overseen several adaptations of the work of Phillip Roth, including THE HUMAN STAIN, ELEGY, and the forthcoming AMERICAN PASTORAL.
Mr. Lucchesi lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Debbie. He has two daughters, Sophia and Allegra, who work in entertainment.