Alan Ladd Jr., the Academy Award-winning producer and former 20th Century Fox head who green-lighted "Star Wars," was honored Friday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"It's lovely to be here among my friends and family," Ladd said at the ceremony for the 2,348th star.

Ladd's father, the late actor Alan Ladd, also has a Walk of Fame star.

Mel Brooks praised the man known to many as "Laddie."

"He is one of the sweetest and nicest guys and he has saved my life many times. If anybody deserves a star, it's this legendary, incredible, iconic filmmaker," Brooks said

Born in Los Angeles, Alan Ladd Jr., 69, became an agent in the '60s to clients including Judy Garland and Warren Beatty before going into producing.