Jake Kasdan

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The son of renowned writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, filmmaker Jake Kasdan laid to rest any potential charges of unearned nepotism with a string of quirky, intelligent and well-regarded feature films. After learning the ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1974 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Producer (11)

Ben & Kate 1999 - 2001, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

New Girl 1999 - 2001, 2011 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Weird Loners 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shades of Ray 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Reel Comedy: Walk Hard 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Producer

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (10)

Fresh Off The Boat 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Grosse Pointe 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Grinder (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (4)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (3)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

Scott Canfield (Actor)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Stable Boy (Actor)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

Autograph Seeker (Actor)
Music (2)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

("Cut My Brother In Half Blues") (Song)

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

("Cold and Dark in My Heart") (Song)
Other (1)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

The son of renowned writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, filmmaker Jake Kasdan laid to rest any potential charges of unearned nepotism with a string of quirky, intelligent and well-regarded feature films. After learning the ropes of the business from his father on such films as "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan made his impressive feature debut as the writer-director of the oddball detective yarn, "Zero Effect" (1998). Work with Judd Apatow on the short-lived cult television series "Freaks & Geeks" (NBC 1999-2000) further honed his comedic sensibilities and paved the way for the theatrical forays "Orange County" (2002) and "The TV Set" (2006). Although consistently praised by reviewers, even Kasdan's more accessible projects, like the music industry biopic spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), failed to bring in the crowds. Box office success finally came with the scatological Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher" (2011), although this time the critics were less amused. Regardless of differing opinions on his individual efforts, the one thing all could agree upon was that his filmmaking talent was not only genetic, but uniquely his own and held great promise.

Relationships

Inara George Song

Wife

Jonathan Kasdan Actor

Brother
has appeared in several of his father's films, such as "The Big Chill" (1983) and "Siverado" (1985) Born c. 1980 made directorial debut with "In the Land of Women" (2007)

Lawrence Kasdan

Father
Writer/director of "The Big Chill" (1983), "Grand Canyon" (1991), and "The Accidental Tourist" (1988)

Meg Kasdan

Mother
Co-wrote "Grand Canyon" (1991) with husband

EDUCATION

Hampshire College

Amherst , Massachusetts
Dropped out

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz , California
Dropped out

Milestones

2011

Directed Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in the comedy, "Bad Teacher"

2007

Helmed "The TV Set," a painfully funny view of the tortuous process a television pilot endures on its way to the small screen

2007

Directed "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" starring John C. Reilly; also co-wrote the music and lyrics to the theme song; earned a Golden Globe and a Grammy nomination for Best Song

2002

Directed the comedy feature, "Orange County"

2001

Helmed the pilot for Fox's "Undeclared"

1999

TV directorial debut, the pilot for the NBC drama series, "Freaks and Geeks"

1998

Feature screenwriting and directing debut, "Zero Effect"; also produced

1996

Wrote and directed the play, "The Behavioral Patterns of Funnyman Tyler Hudson"

1994

Worked as archivist on father's film, "Wyatt Earp"

1991

Served as production assistant on father's film, "Grand Canyon"

Made uncredited cameo appearances in father's films "The Big Chill" (1983), "Silverado" (1985) and "The Accidental Tourist" (1988)

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