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Lawrence Edward Kasdan was born on the 14th January 1949, in Miami, Florida USA, of Jewish descent. He is a television and film director, producer and screenwriter, probably best recognized for creating such TV and film titles as “The Accidental Tourist” (1988), “Grand Canyon” (1991), and “Darling Companion” (2012). He is also known for creating the “Star Wars” sequel film series. His career has been active since 1980.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Lawrence Kasdan is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Kasdan’s net worth is over $30 million, accumulated through his successful career in the film industry.

Lawrence Kasdan Net Worth $30 Million

Lawrence Kasdan was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia by his mother, Sylvia Sarah, who was an employment counselor, and his father, Clarence Norman Kasdan, who worked as a manager; he is the brother of Mark Kasdan, who is also a producer and screenwriter. He went to Morgantown High School, after which he enrolled at the University of Michigan, graduating with an MA degree in Education, as he wanted to become an English teacher. While in college, he won a Hopwood Award for writing. One of his professors was Kenneth Thorpe Rowe, a respected teacher of play-writing. Right after graduation, he couldn’t find a job as a teacher, so he worked as an advertising copywriter for a while, until he moved to Los Angeles, trying to pursue a career as a screenwriter.

In the mid- 1970s, his screenplay for “The Bodyguard” was rejected 67 times, until it was sold to Warner Bros, and Kasdan’s career began, althought it wasn’t produced as a film until 1992, in which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in the lead roles. Soon after the sale, he sold another script called “Continental Divide” to Steven Spielberg, and he was hired by George Lucas to write “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” (1981), as well as to complete the screenplay for “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), which added a considerable amount to his net worth.

In 1981, Kasdan made his directing debut with the film “Body Heat”, which he also created, and two years later he was hired once again by Lucas, to write “Return Of The Jedi”. In the same year, he expanded his career to producting, as he created, directed and produced the film entitled “The Big Chill”. By the 1990s, he had written, produced and directed two more film titles – “Silverado” (1985), and “The Accidental Tourist” (1988). His net worth was rising steasdily.

During the next decade, Kasdan continued to line up success after success; his first project was directing the 1990 film “I Love You To Death”, and the following year he directed and produced “Grand Canyon”, and was the executive producer for “Jumpin’ At The Boneyard”. Later, he created such film titles as “The Bodyguard” (1992), “Wyatt Earp” (1994), and “Mumford” (1999), all of which increased his net worth by a large margin.

The new millennium didn’t change too much for Kasdan, as his next major project came in 2003, when he produced and directed “Dreamcatcher”, which is based on the Stephen King best seller. Three year later, he produced “The TV Set”, and “In The Land Of Women in 2007. Most recently, Kasdan created the 2012 film “Darling Companion”, starring Kevin Kline, and Diane Keaton, and in 2015 he wrote “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. In 2018 will be released the film so far untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film, for which he has written the screenplay. His net worth is certainly still rising.

Thanks to his accomplishment in the film industry, Kasdan has earned a number of recognitions and awards, including the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival for his work on “Grand Canyon”, the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America, ICON Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts, etc.

Speaking about his personal life, Lawrence Kasdan has been married to actress Meg Goldman Kasdan since 1971; the couple has two sons – Jake and Jon Kasdan, both of whom are producers and actors.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 14, 1949
Birth place: Miami, Florida, USA
Profession:Screenwriter
Education:University of Michigan, Morgantown High School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Meg Goldman Kasdan
Children:Jon Kasdan, Jake Kasdan
Parents:Clarence Norman Kasdan, Sylvia Sarah Landau
Siblings:Mark Kasdan
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Has 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).
2Named "Lawrence of Arabia" as his favorite film in a AFI poll.
3His 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.
4Frequently casts Kevin Costner, Ted Danson, Jeff Fahey, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Jason Lee, Mary McDonnell, Bill Pullman Kathleen Turner, and JoBeth Williams. He has also cast Goldblum's ex-wives Patricia Gaul in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985) and Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist (1988).
5Has 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.
6Is 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).
7Won 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.
8Father of Jon Kasdan and Jake Kasdan.
9Has 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).
10Brother of Mark Kasdan.
11Grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia.
12Worked as a copywriter.
13Liked writing instead of teaching.
14Attended University of Michigan as an education major.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Frequently works with Kevin Kline and William Hurt


Quotes

#Quote
1[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.
2To 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.
3I make the kind of pictures I like to see. As it so happens, they're the kind no one else is doing.
4You know that after the success of Raiders, nothing was too expensive, and probably nothing was too outlandish, either after that.
5I tell you, I feel like a real novice as far as horror goes.
6I want everything I do to have humor in it, because it seems to me that all of life has that.
7Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
8It'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.
9You can tell any story in a Western. How can you not be fascinated by them?


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· J.J. Abrams
· Michael Arndt
2006Laurel Award for Screen Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
2005Career Achievement AwardCasting Society of America, USA
2001Distinguished Screenwriter AwardAustin Film Festival
1999CEC Award for Best ScreenplaySan Sebastián International Film FestivalMumford (1999)
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Remake or SequelWyatt Earp (1994)· Jim Wilson
· Kevin Costner
1995Spur AwardWestern Writers of AmericaBest Drama ScriptWyatt Earp (1994)· Dan Gordon
1992Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalGrand Canyon (1991)
1992ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USADirector of the Year
1990USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Accidental Tourist (1988)· Anne Tyler (author)
· Frank Galati (screenwriter)
1985Young Venice Award - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalSilverado (1985)
1984HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationStar Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)· Richard Marquand (director)
· George Lucas (story/written by)
1984WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenThe Big Chill (1983)· Barbara Benedek
1983People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalThe Big Chill (1983)
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
1982HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)· Steven Spielberg (director)
· George Lucas (story)
· Philip Kaufman (story)
1981HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)· Irvin Kershner (director)
· Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
· George Lucas (story)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· J.J. Abrams (writer/director)
· Michael Arndt (writer)
2015Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Adapted ScreenplayStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· J.J. Abrams
· Michael Arndt
1999Golden SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalMumford (1999)
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst PictureWyatt Earp (1994)· Jim Wilson
· Kevin Costner
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorWyatt Earp (1994)
1993Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst PictureThe Bodyguard (1992)· Jim Wilson
· Kevin Costner
1993Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayThe Bodyguard (1992)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureGrand Canyon (1991)· Meg Kasdan
1992WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenGrand Canyon (1991)· Meg Kasdan
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenGrand Canyon (1991)· Meg Kasdan
1990BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedThe Accidental Tourist (1988)· Frank Galati
1989OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumThe Accidental Tourist (1988)· Frank Galati
1989Golden St. GeorgeMoscow International Film FestivalThe Accidental Tourist (1988)
1989WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumThe Accidental Tourist (1988)· Frank Galati
1989OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureThe Accidental Tourist (1988)· Charles Okun
· Michael Grillo
1988NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Accidental Tourist (1988)
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalThe Big Chill (1983)· Barbara Benedek
1984OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThe Big Chill (1983)· Barbara Benedek
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureThe Big Chill (1983)· Barbara Benedek
1984Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingStar Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)· George Lucas
1984DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Big Chill (1983)
1982EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureBody Heat (1981)
1982WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Drama Written Directly for the ScreenBody Heat (1981)
1982WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)· George Lucas
· Philip Kaufman
1981Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)· Leigh Brackett
1981WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Adapted from Another MediumStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)· Leigh Brackett

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Big Chill (1983)· Barbara Benedek
1981LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorBody Heat (1981)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Accidental Tourist (1988)· Frank Galati


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film2018screenplay pre-production
Kin2016/IShort dialogue
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015written by
The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Director's Cut2014screenplay
Darling Companion2012written by
Dreamcatcher2003screenplay
Mumford1999written by
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire1996Video Game story
Wyatt Earp1994written by
The Bodyguard1992written by
Grand Canyon1991written by
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation1989Video
The Accidental Tourist1988screenplay
Silverado1985written by
The Big Chill1983written by
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983screenplay by
Body Heat1981written by
Continental Divide1981written by
Raiders of the Lost Ark1981screenplay by
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980screenplay by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film2018executive producer pre-production
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015co-producer - uncredited
Darling Companion2012producer
In the Land of Women2007executive producer
The TV Set2006executive producer
Dreamcatcher2003producer
Mumford1999producer
Home Fries1998producer
Wyatt Earp1994producer
The Bodyguard1992producer
Grand Canyon1991producer
Jumpin' at the Boneyard1991executive producer
Immediate Family1989executive producer
The Accidental Tourist1988producer
Cross My Heart1987producer
Silverado1985producer
The Big Chill1983executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jerusalem, I Love Youannounced
Darling Companion2012
Dreamcatcher2003
Mumford1999
French Kiss1995
Wyatt Earp1994
Grand Canyon1991
I Love You to Death1990
The Accidental Tourist1988
Silverado1985
The Big Chill1983
Body Heat1981

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Darling Companion2012Man on Street (uncredited)
As Good as It Gets1997Dr. Green
Wyatt Earp1994Gambler (uncredited)
Grand Canyon1991Director in screening room (uncredited)
I Love You to Death1990Devo's Lawyer (uncredited)
Into the Night1985Detective #2

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Darling Companion2012writer: "When You Comin' Home"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015creative consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Federale2013Documentary special thanks
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary special thanks
Almost Famous2000special thanks
The Making of 'Silverado'1999Video documentary short special thanks
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend1994TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Earth Day Special1990TV Special special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Classy Broad2016DocumentaryHimself
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens: The Story Awakens - The Table Read2016Video documentary shortHimself
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey2016DocumentaryHimself
Bystander Revolution2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Success in the System2014Video documentary shortHimself
Kathleen Kennedy 2013 Pioneer of the Year Award Tribute Reel2013Documentary shortHimself
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2012TV SeriesHimself
A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later2011Video documentary shortHimself
On Story2011TV SeriesHimself
Indy's Friends and Enemies2008Video shortHimself
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile'2006Video documentaryHimself
Body Heat: The Plan2006Video shortHimself
Body Heat: The Post-Production2006Video shortHimself
Body Heat: The Production2006Video shortHimself
All of What Follows Is True: The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Memories of 'The Bodyguard'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Männer im Trenchcoat, Frauen im Pelz2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing2004DocumentaryHimself
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary shortHimself - Screenwriter, 'The Empire Strikes Back'
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself - Writer
It's Like Life2004Video documentary shortHimself - Writer / Producer / Director
Reflections on the Accidental Tourist2004Video documentary shortHimself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy2003Video documentaryHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Director
The Big Show2001TV MovieHimself
The Directors2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Silverado'1999Video documentary shortHimself
The Big Chill: A Reunion1999Video documentaryHimself
One Vision1998DocumentaryHimself
Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2th Annual Lucy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
American Cinema1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director
American Masters1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Film '721984TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Happened That Way2004Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Producer / Screenwriter

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