Which movie character’s name was inspired by filmmaker George Lucas’ dog?

Answer: Indiana Jones

They say that dogs are man’s best friend. To George Lucas, his dog Indiana became much more—the inspiration behind the name of everyone’s favorite archaeologist: Indiana Jones.

Speaking in the behind the scenes documentary “The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark”, George Lucas revealed: “Indiana was my dog.” The character was originally named Indiana Smith, after his dog Indiana, an Alaskan Malamute that Lucas owned in the 1970s. Director Steven Spielberg disliked the name Smith, and Lucas casually suggested Jones as an alternative.

A fifth film is in development and is provisionally scheduled to be released in 2022. The series was created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four films, and stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

Characters: Indiana Jones, Short Round, Marion Ravenwood, MORE
Directors: James Mangold, Steven Spielberg
Production companies: Lucasfilm, Amblin Entertainment, Paramount Pictures

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