Lawrence Kasdan Biography (1949-)

Full name, Lawrence Edward Kasdan; born January 14, 1949, in Miami Beach, FL;son of Clarence Norman (a manager of retail electronics stores) and Sylvia Sarah (an employment counselor; maiden name, Landau) Kasdan; brother of Mark Kasdan (a producer, writer, and director); married Meg Goldman (a writer), November 28, 1971; children: Jacob (a producer, director, writer, and actor, asJake Kasdan), Jonathan (a writer and actor). Addresses: Office: KasdanProductions, 4117 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Writer, producer, director, actor
Birth Details
January 14, 1949
Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Director
  • Body Heat, Warner Bros., 1981
  • The Big Chill, Columbia, 1983
  • Silverado, Columbia, 1985
  • The Accidental Tourist, Warner Bros., 1988
  • I Love You to Death, TriStar, 1990
  • Grand Canyon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Wyatt Earp, Warner Bros., 1994
  • French Kiss (also known as Paris Match), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Mumford, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Producer
  • (With Mark Kasdan) Silverado, Columbia, 1985
  • Cross My Heart, Universal, 1987
  • (With Michael Grillo and Charles Okun) The Accidental Tourist, Warner Bros., 1988
  • (With Grillo and Okun) Grand Canyon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • (With Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner) The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Wyatt Earp, Warner Bros., 1994
  • (With others) Mumford, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Home Fries, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Executive Producer
  • (With Marcia Nasatir) The Big Chill, Columbia, 1983
  • Immediate Family (also known as Parental Guidance), Columbia, 1989
  • Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Film Appearances
  • Second detective, Into the Night, Universal, 1985
  • (Uncredited) Devo's lawyer, I Love You to Death, TriStar, 1990
  • Dr. Green, As Good as It Gets, Columbia/TriStar, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The 18th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Sir David Lean, ABC, 1990
  • The 13th Annual ACE Awards, TNT, 1992
  • Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery, Fox, 1997
  • Guns for Hire: The Making of "The Magnificent Seven," 2000
  • The Big Show (also known as The Big Show: Toronto InternationalFilm Festival), CBC (Canada), 2001
  • Episodic
  • "George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic," American Masters, PBS, 1993
  • American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • Also appeared in an episode of The Directors, Encore.
  • Stage Director
  • Four Dogs and a Bone, 1995
  • Screenplays
  • (With Leigh Brackett) The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V--The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980; published by Random House (New York City), 1985; published as The Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back:The Illustrated Screenplay, Ballantine (New York City), 1998; publishedas The Empire Strikes Back: A Facsimile of the Complete Script with Special Edition Scenes, Ballantine, 1998
  • (With George Lucas) Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark), Paramount, 1981; published byOSP Publishing, 1995
  • Body Heat, Warner Bros., 1981; published by Harvest Moon, 2000
  • Continental Divide, Universal, 1981
  • (With Lucas) Return of the Jedi (also known as Blue Harvest, Revenge of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VI--Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VI, Revenge of the Jedi, and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983; published as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Illustrated Screenplay, Ballantine, 1998
  • (With Barbara Benedek) The Big Chill, Columbia, 1983; published bySt. Martin's Press (New York City), 1987
  • (With Mark Kasdan) Silverado, Columbia, 1985; published by HarvestMoon, 2000
  • (With Frank Galati) The Accidental Tourist (adaptation of the novel by Anne Tyler), Warner Bros., 1988
  • (With Meg Kasdan) Grand Canyon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992
  • (With others) Wyatt Earp, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Mumford, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Radio Scripts
  • (With Brian Daley and George Lucas) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: TheNational Public Radio Dramatization, National Public Radio; published byBallantine (New York City), 1996
  • Other Writings
  • The Empire Strikes Back Notebook, edited by Diane Attias and Lindsay Smith, Ballantine (New York City), 1980
  • (With George Lucas) The Art of Return of the Jedi, [New York City], 1983, Ballantine, 1994
  • (With Jake Kasdan) Wyatt Earp: The Film and the Filmmakers, Newmarket Publishing and Communications (New York City), 1994
  • Contributor to periodicals, including American Film, Film Comment, Films, and Films in Review.

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 109, Gale, 1983
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    • American Film, January/February, 1989, pp. 46-51
    • Film Dope, March, 1984
    • New York Times, November 1, 1981

    User Contributions:

    Wajid Khan
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    Oct 17, 2014 @ 6:18 pm
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