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Date of Birth 14 January 1949Miami, Florida, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Meg Kasdan (28 November 1971 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently works with Kevin Kline and William Hurt

Trivia (14)

Attended University of Michigan as an education major.
Liked writing instead of teaching.
Worked as a copywriter.
Grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Brother of Mark Kasdan.
Has never directed Harrison Ford in a movie, despite having written four movies in which Ford appears: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He did, however, direct River Phoenix in I Love You to Death (1990). Phoenix had played the young Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
Father of Jon Kasdan and Jake Kasdan.
Won the prestigious "Hopwood Prize" for creative writing from the University of Michigan's Hopwood Program. Hopwood was a Michigan alumnus who left a bequest in his will establishing the awards. The Hopwood Program at Michigan now administers the Arthur Miller Award of the U-M Club of New York Scholarship and the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing, among other award/scholarship programs. Kasadan delivered the Hopwood Prize address in the year 2000.
Is a fan of the films of Akira Kurosawa, something that can be see in his early scripts. The Bodyguard (1992) was his first script, and was named after the English title of Yojimbo (1961), which is also featured in the film itself. Kevin Costner's role was originally written for Steve McQueen, who appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), a remake of Seven Samurai (1954). The characters of R2-D2 and C-3PO, in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), were based on two farmers from The Hidden Fortress (1958).
Has directed 2 actresses to Oscar nominations: Glenn Close (Best Supporting Actress, The Big Chill (1983)) and Geena Davis (Best Supporting Actress, The Accidental Tourist (1988)). Davis won the Oscar for her performance.
His first job as a hired writer was to write Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) for Steven Spielberg. In his career as a director, he would work with many actors who had also worked for Spielberg. These include William Hurt, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Ted Danson, David Paymer, Jeff Goldblum and River Phoenix.
Named "Lawrence of Arabia" as his favorite film in a AFI poll.
Has collaborated with actor Kevin Kline [to date, September 2015] in cinema movies on six occasions.The films are Silverado (1985), Grand Canyon (1991), French Kiss (1995), The Big Chill (1983), Darling Companion (2012), and I Love You to Death (1990).

Personal Quotes (9)

You can tell any story in a Western. How can you not be fascinated by them?
It's tough to get any movie made, and when you take on these tough genres - and I've done it a couple times - it just makes the whole struggle more.
Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
I want everything I do to have humor in it, because it seems to me that all of life has that.
I tell you, I feel like a real novice as far as horror goes.
You know that after the success of Raiders, nothing was too expensive, and probably nothing was too outlandish, either after that.
I make the kind of pictures I like to see. As it so happens, they're the kind no one else is doing.
To be happy, though, the right kind of work seems essential . I've always felt very fortunate. I have known what I wanted to do since college - and that's rare. I appreciate that.
[1981 comment on Steven Spielberg] He's the Björn Borg of movies. When his mojo is working, there's nobody better. Steve's in touch with a childlike wonder at the way things work -- it's the key to his uniqueness.

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