GEORGE LUCAS and JAMES CAMERON are among the Hollywood giants who have paid tribute to late movie mogul TOM SHERAK following his death from cancer.
The former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, passed away on Tuesday (28Jan14) aged 68 after a battle with prostate cancer.
Sherak spent years working at the top of the movie industry and was credited with helping Lucas oversee his Star Wars franchise, with the veteran director hailing him as an "honorary Jedi master."
Lucas says of Sherak, "Tom's passion for everything he did made him an inspiration to work with. His boundless enthusiasm for Star Wars earned him an honorary Jedi master title. He was unique in the industry and will be missed."
Titanic director Cameron, who also worked with Sherak, adds, "Tom was a mentor to me and a good friend for almost three decades. He embodied the heart and soul of movies - entertainment and showmanship - timeless values in our business... I will miss his spirit, his sense of fun, his love of cinema - but most of all, his friendship."
Other tributes have come in from actors including Alec Baldwin and Henry Winkler, as well as producer Jon Landau.