Lucchesi began his career at The William Morris Agency as an agent, representing such artists as Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Michelle Pfeiffer and John Malkovich. Lucchesi served as both Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production at TriStar Pictures before becoming President of Production at Paramount Pictures.
Following his time at Paramount, Lucchesi founded Gary Lucchesi Productions, where he produced the Oscar nominated film Primal Fear. Lucchesi was also President of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Film Co., producing the film version of the hit musical Cats. In 1997, he was asked by Tom Rosenberg to run Lakeshore.
Lakeshore has produced over 60 films, including the Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby, The Lincoln Lawyer and many others.
In October 2019, Lakeshore sold its library and international operation to Vine Alternative Investments for roughly $200 million.
Lucchesi graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco in 1973 before attending UCLA. He graduated in 1977.
The house sold for $515,000 on Jan 16, 1985.
He is a member at Lakeside Country Club in Burbank.