Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan
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Born Lawrence Edward Kasdan
(1949-01-14) January 14, 1949 (age 69)
Miami, Florida, United States
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Meg Goldman Kasdan
(m. 1971)
Children Jake Kasdan
Jon Kasdan
Relatives Mark Kasdan

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 and Jon Kasdan, and the father-in-law of musician Inara George.

Early life

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 with an MA in Education, originally planning on a career as an English teacher. He lived at the 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.

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