Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan ( born January 14, 1949 in Miami ) is an American film director, screenwriter and actor.


Lawrence Kasdan made ​​his first Master of Arts ( MA) at the University of Michigan to become a teacher. Lack of employment, he was a copywriter and even won the prestigious Clio Award. After moving to Los Angeles he began to write screenplays. In 1976, he was able to bring a bodyguard to the man, but this was realized only in 1992 with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in the lead roles. Originally, the role of Kevin Costner for Steve McQueen was provided.

Kasdan wrote the screenplay for 1980 Continental Divide, which drew the attention of Steven Spielberg himself. Spielberg presented Kasdan then George Lucas before, from which he then suggests for the screenplay of The Empire was hired back.

His films as a director include such diverse works as the Western Silverado (1985 ), the comedy I Love You to Death (1990 ) and the romantic comedy French Kiss (1995 ) with Meg Ryan. As a screenwriter, he was involved among other things in the successful Indiana Jones series. As an actor he appeared in Good as It Gets (1997) on Jack Nicholson.

He is married to Meg Kasdan since 1971, from the marriage came two sons, Jake and Jon forth.


Films as a screenwriter

Films as a producer

Films as a director

Awards (selection)

  • Saturn Award in 1982 for the screenplay for Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1992 for Grand Canyon
  • Nominated for an Oscar in 1984 for The Big Chill in the category of best original screenplay
  • Nominated for an Oscar in 1989 for The Accidental Tourist in the categories Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film
  • Nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for the Grand Canyon in the category of best original screenplay
  • Nomination for the Razzie for the worst screenplay of the film Bodyguard