For the few who do not know, J.W. Rinzler‘s contributions to archiving the history of the making of the Star Wars series is invaluable. His books The Making of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi are legendary best sellers, along with his earlier The Making of Revenge of the Sith and his essential The Complete Making of Indiana Jones. Jonathan is gravely ill, and his family have reached out to ask the Star Wars and film-loving communities to get behind a Go Fund Me campaign to help Jonathan and his family at this critical time.

Hi, my name is Sarah Rinzler, and I’m starting this fundraiser for my dad, Jonathan.

Most of you visiting this fundraising page likely already know my dad’s story, but I’ll provide background here for those who don’t: Jonathan visited his doctor last August because of abdominal pain and an increasingly diminished appetite. That same month, he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. He was given three to four months to live. Since then, he has soldiered through many rounds of chemotherapy but often had allergic reactions. As we reach the one-year mark from his diagnosis, there are no more treatment options available; Jonathan is making end-of-life plans.

I can’t imagine a time when the mundane, such as paying bills, would feel less important; regardless, part of the reality of battling prolonged illness is facing a challenging financial situation. My parents, sister, and I appreciate any financial support you can provide — and thank you all for everything you have already done to help our family.

With love,


To donate, click here and help out a true Star Wars icon, and please share this post far and wide on socials and podcasts so as many members of the Star Wars family are able to offer their help to Jonathan and his family.