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Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of the films The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.[1] He has been nominated for three Oscars: twice for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Chill and Grand Canyon and once for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Accidental Tourist. He is the father of directors Jake Kasdan
Jake Kasdan
and Jon Kasdan, and the father-in-law of musician Inara George.

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1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Kasdan was born Jewish[2] in Miami, Florida, the son of Sylvia Sarah (née Landau), an employment counselor, and Clarence Norman Kasdan, who managed retail electronics stores.[3] His brother is the writer/producer Mark Kasdan. He was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia,[4] where he graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966.[citation needed] He graduated from the University of Michigan
University of Michigan
with an MA in Education, originally planning on a career as an English teacher. He lived at the Eugene V. Debs Cooperative House
Eugene V. Debs Cooperative House
for a time while in Ann Arbor.[5] Kasdan won a Hopwood Award for writing during the time of his studies.[6] He was a student of Professor Kenneth Thorpe Rowe. Career[edit] Upon graduation, Kasdan was unable to find a teaching position, so he became an advertising copywriter, a profession he did not enjoy, but remained in for five years (even picking up a Clio Award along the way), first in Detroit
Detroit
and later in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
where he tried to interest Hollywood in his screenplays. Kasdan's introduction into the film business came in the mid-1970s when after being rejected 67 times,[7] his script for The Bodyguard was sold to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
as a vehicle for Diana Ross
Diana Ross
and Steve McQueen. The script became stuck in "development hell" and became one of several screenplays successively called "the best un-made script in Hollywood"; it was eventually produced as a 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. After he sold his screenplay Continental Divide to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas
George Lucas
commissioned Kasdan to write the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lucas then hired Kasdan to complete the screenplay for his Star Wars
Star Wars
sequel The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back
(1980) after the death of Leigh Brackett, who wrote the first draft. Kasdan made his directing debut with Body Heat
Body Heat
(1981), which he also wrote. Lucas later commissioned Kasdan to write the screenplay for Return of the Jedi (1983). Kasdan is known for both writing and directing his films, which have ranged from Westerns and romantic comedies to thought-provoking dramas. He has received four Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations, for screenplays to The Big Chill, Grand Canyon, and The Accidental Tourist, for which he also earned a nomination for Best Picture. Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear
Golden Bear
at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[8] From 1994 to 2003, he made a set of films that, in contrast to the hits he had in the 1980s, failed to break the bank in receipts; among these films were Wyatt Earp and Dreamcatcher, the latter based on the Stephen King
Stephen King
best seller. The exception was 1995's French Kiss, which grossed $100 million. He made cameo appearances as the lawyer of River Phoenix's character in I Love You To Death, the director of Steve Martin's character's latest action film in Grand Canyon, and in James L. Brooks' comedy As Good As It Gets as the fed-up psychiatrist of Jack Nicholson's novelist. In 2001, Kasdan was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter
Screenwriter
Award. In 2006, Kasdan received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America. Kasdan directed the 2012 dramedy Darling Companion, starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. In October 2013, it was announced that JJ Abrams
JJ Abrams
had taken over screenwriting duties for Star Wars
Star Wars
Episode VII (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), working alongside Kasdan, following the departure of Michael Arndt.[9] In November 2015, Kasdan stated that after his involvement with Solo: A Star Wars
Star Wars
Story, he will leave the Star Wars
Star Wars
universe, and will not be involved in The Last Jedi or Episode IX.[10] On May 22, 2016, Kasdan was honored by the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and ArtsATL.org as the inaugural recipient of their "ICON Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts" in a ceremony held at the Woodruff Arts Center.[11] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes

1980 The Empire Strikes Back

Yes

1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Yes

Body Heat Yes Yes

Continental Divide

Yes

1983 Return of the Jedi

Yes

The Big Chill Yes Yes Yes Executive producer

1985 Silverado Yes Yes Yes

1988 The Accidental Tourist Yes Yes Yes

1990 I Love You to Death Yes

1991 Grand Canyon Yes Yes Yes

1992 The Bodyguard

Yes Yes

1994 Wyatt Earp Yes Yes Yes

1995 French Kiss Yes

1999 Mumford Yes Yes Yes

2003 Dreamcatcher Yes Yes Yes

2012 Darling Companion Yes Yes Yes

2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yes

2017 Five Came Back

Actor; role: himself

2018 Solo: A Star Wars
Star Wars
Story

Yes Yes Co-writer (with son Jon Kasdan)

References[edit]

^ http://www.starwars.com/news/master-filmmaking-team-announced-for-star-wars-episode-vii. Businessweek, March 7, 2013 ^ Jewish Journal: "About a dog, lost and found" by Naomi Pfefferman April 22, 2012 ^ Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
Biography (1949–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on February 26, 2016. ^ " Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
Trivia". Lawrence Kasdan. Retrieved January 9, 2010.  ^ "The Big Chill (1983)" – via www.imdb.com.  ^ "Hopwood Program". University of Michigan. Retrieved February 12, 2013. ^ CHILLIN' BIG WITH LAWRENCE KASDAN By Alex Simon September 2001 issue of Venice Magazine ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved May 24, 2011.  ^ " JJ Abrams
JJ Abrams
to script as well as direct". Guardian UK. August 25, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.  ^ "Han Solo's 2018 Spotlight Will Be Lawrence Kasdan's Last 'Star Wars' Movie (Report)". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved November 12, 2015.  ^ "What is the AJFF Icon Award?". www.artsATL.org. March 25, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 

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Films directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Body Heat
Body Heat
(1981) The Big Chill (1983) Silverado (1985) The Accidental Tourist (1988) I Love You to Death
I Love You to Death
(1990) Grand Canyon (1991) Wyatt Earp (1994) French Kiss (1995) Mumford (1999) Dreamcatcher (2003) Darling Companion
Darling Companion
(2012)

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Saturn Award for Best Writing

William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Ib Melchior/ Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
(1974/75) Jimmy Sangster
Jimmy Sangster
(1976) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
(1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
(1983) James Cameron
James Cameron
and Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd
(1984) Tom Holland (1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier
Edward Neumeier
(1987) Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg (1988) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1989/90) Ted Tally (1991) James V. Hart
James V. Hart
(1992) Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton
and David Koepp (1993) Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison
and Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick
(1994) Andrew Kevin Walker (1995) Kevin Williamson (1996) Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) David Hayter
David Hayter
(2000) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2001) Scott Frank and Jon Cohen (2002) Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alvin Sargent (2004) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
and David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer
(2005) Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
and Dan Harris (2006) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2007) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2014) Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2015) Eric Heisserer (2016)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

Original Drama (1969–1983, retired)

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) Steve Shagan (1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1977) Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones and Waldo Salt (1978) Mike Gray, T. S. Cook and James Bridges (1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
and Trevor Griffiths (1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Horton Foote (1983)

Original Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Peter Bogdanovich, Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton (1972) Melvin Frank and Jack Rose (1973) Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
and Alan Uger (1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Sheldon Keller (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller and Charles Shyer
Charles Shyer
(1980) Steve Gordon (1981) Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Murray Schisgal (1982) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
and Barbara Benedek (1983)

Original Screenplay (1984–present)

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1989) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(1994) Randall Wallace (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
and Mark Andrus (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Michael Moore
Michael Moore
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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