Lawrence Kasdan

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Responsible for writing some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also an accomplished director who specialized in helming poignant ensemble character dramas. Kasdan first ... Read more »
Born: 01/13/1949 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Body Heat 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Robotech (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (15)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

In the Land of Women 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jumpin at the Boneyard 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cross My Heart 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (11)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Dr Green (Actor)

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Wyatt Earp: Walk With a Legend 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual ACE Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

2nd Detective (Actor)
Director (11)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Body Heat 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

Responsible for writing some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also an accomplished director who specialized in helming poignant ensemble character dramas. Kasdan first broke into Hollywood with the script for "The Bodyguard" (1992), which he sold in 1976, only to watch it languish in so-called development hell for almost two decades. Meanwhile, his script for "Continental Divide" (1981) captured the attention of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, the latter of whom hired Kasdan to write "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), widely considered to be the best film in the franchise. He collaborated with Spielberg and Lucas again on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), a splashy action adventure that harkened back to the 1930s Saturday matinee serials. He next made his directorial debut with the steaming erotic noir, "Body Heat" (1981), after which he wrote the weaker, but nonetheless substantial "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983). Kasdan earned considerable acclaim for writing and directing "The Big Chill" (1983) before delivering a well-received update of the Western with "Silverado" (1985). After returning to form with "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) and "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan fell prey to indulgence with the overly long "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and the widely panned "Dreamcatcher" (2003). Though he remained relatively inactive since those high-profile missteps, Kasdan's reputation as an exquisite craftsman built hope that he would one day again return to his previous form.

Relationships

Meg Kasdan

Wife
married on November 28, 1971 born c. 1948 met while they were both students at the University of Michigan co-wrote "Grand Canyon" (1991)

Clarence Kasdan

Father
ran electronics stores in several cities

Jonathan Kasdan Actor

Child
Born c. 1980 appeared in several of father's films staff writer on NBC series "Freaks and Geeks"

Sylvia Kasdan

Mother

Jacob Kasdan

Son
born c. 1974 appeared in several of his father's films first feature "Zero Effect" (1998)

Mark Kasdan

Brother
co-wrote "Silverado" (1985) with Kasdan also wrote "Criminal Law" (1988)

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
dropped out

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1972

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1970

Milestones

1998

Produced "Home Fries", starring Drew Barrymore, Jake Busey and Shelley Duvall

1997

Portrayed Dr Green in James L Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"

1995

Helmed (only) "French Kiss", starring Meg Ryan (one of the producers), Kevin Kline and Timothy Hutton

1995

Stage directing debut, John Patrick Shanley's "Four Dogs and a Bone"

1994

Produced, directed and co-scripted (with Dan Gordon) "Wyatt Earp", starring Costner in the title role

1992

His script for "The Bodyguard" finally produced as vehicle for Costner and Whitney Houston

1991

Produced, directed and co-wrote (with wife Meg) "Grand Canyon"; received fourth Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1990

Directed first film that he did not co-write, "I Love You to Death"

1989

Served as executive producer on first film he did not direct or script, "Immediate Family", directed by Jonathan Kaplan

1988

Co-wrote, co-produced and directed "The Accidental Tourist", starring William Hurt, Geena Davis and Kathleen Turner; earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay

1987

Produced first film that he did not direct or write, "Cross My Heart", directed by Armyan Bernstein

1985

Produced first film, "Silverado" (also director and co-writer)

1985

Played Second Detective in John Landis' "Into the Night"

1983

With Lucas, co-wrote the third installment of the "Star Wars" series, "The Return of the Jedi"

1983

Executive produced first film "The Big Chill" (also director and co-screenwriter); earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1981

Directorial debut, "Body Heat"

1981

Penned "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the first installment of the Indiana Jones series, for producer Lucas and director Speilberg

1980

His screenplay for "Continental Divide" caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who introduced Kasdan to George Lucas; hired by Lucas to work on first screenplay filmed, "The Empire Strikes Back" (which Kasdan took over when screenwriter Leigh Brackett d

1976

Sold first screenplay, "The Bodyguard"; remained unproduced until 1992 when it starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston; reportedly written as a Steve McQueen vehicle originally (date approximate)

1972

Worked as advertising copywriter for W B Doner and Company in Detroit, MI

Raised in West Virginia

Worked as a freelance screenwriter

Joined Doyle, Dane, Bernbach Advertisers in Los Angeles, CA; wrote and submitted screenplays at the same time

Bonus Trivia

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"Technically, movies have progressed to the point where 50 directors can shoot beautiful movies now, but what there has always been a shortage of--and it's more drastic than ever now--is writing. For the first 40 years of movies writers came out of theater or fiction or journalism. They brought with them classic ideas about character and narrative and dramatic construction. That was for the first 40 years. But for the last 20 years people have come out of television and MTV and out of a disintegrated popular culture, fragmented, and they don't bring with them any literary tradition. . . good writing is about the ambiguity, the complexity of life; there are no easy villains and no easy heroes. Good writing should be disturbing, should raise questions. That's what we tried to do in 'Grand Canyon.'" --Lawrence Kasdan (NEW YORK TIMES, January 16, 1992)

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Received the Clio Award for his advertising work.

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