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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.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film 2018 screenplay pre-production
Kin 2016/I Short dialogue
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 written by
The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Director's Cut 2014 screenplay
Darling Companion 2012 written by
Dreamcatcher 2003 screenplay
Mumford 1999 written by
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1996 Video Game story
Wyatt Earp 1994 written by
The Bodyguard 1992 written by
Grand Canyon 1991 written by
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation 1989 Video
The Accidental Tourist 1988 screenplay
Silverado 1985 written by
The Big Chill 1983 written by
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 screenplay by
Body Heat 1981 written by
Continental Divide 1981 written by
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 screenplay by
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 screenplay by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film 2018 executive producer pre-production
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 co-producer - uncredited
Darling Companion 2012 producer
In the Land of Women 2007 executive producer
The TV Set 2006 executive producer
Dreamcatcher 2003 producer
Mumford 1999 producer
Home Fries 1998 producer
Wyatt Earp 1994 producer
The Bodyguard 1992 producer
Grand Canyon 1991 producer
Jumpin' at the Boneyard 1991 executive producer
Immediate Family 1989 executive producer
The Accidental Tourist 1988 producer
Cross My Heart 1987 producer
Silverado 1985 producer
The Big Chill 1983 executive producer

Director

Director

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

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Darling Companion 2012 Man on Street (uncredited)
As Good as It Gets 1997 Dr. Green
Wyatt Earp 1994 Gambler (uncredited)
Grand Canyon 1991 Director in screening room (uncredited)
I Love You to Death 1990 Devo's Lawyer (uncredited)
Into the Night 1985 Detective #2

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Darling Companion 2012 writer: "When You Comin' Home"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 creative consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Federale 2013 Documentary special thanks
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary special thanks
Almost Famous 2000 special thanks
The Making of 'Silverado' 1999 Video documentary short special thanks
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend 1994 TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Classy Broad 2016 Documentary Himself
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens: The Story Awakens - The Table Read 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey 2016 Documentary Himself
Bystander Revolution 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Success in the System 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Kathleen Kennedy 2013 Pioneer of the Year Award Tribute Reel 2013 Documentary short Himself
Made in Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2012 TV Series Himself
A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later 2011 Video documentary short Himself
On Story 2011 TV Series Himself
Indy's Friends and Enemies 2008 Video short Himself
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Body Heat: The Plan 2006 Video short Himself
Body Heat: The Post-Production 2006 Video short Himself
Body Heat: The Production 2006 Video short Himself
All of What Follows Is True: The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Memories of 'The Bodyguard' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Männer im Trenchcoat, Frauen im Pelz 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004 Documentary Himself
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars' 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Screenwriter, 'The Empire Strikes Back'
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary Himself - Writer
It's Like Life 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Writer / Producer / Director
Reflections on the Accidental Tourist 2004 Video documentary short Himself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy 2003 Video documentary Himself
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Director
The Big Show 2001 TV Movie Himself
The Directors 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Silverado' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
The Big Chill: A Reunion 1999 Video documentary Himself
One Vision 1998 Documentary Himself
Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 2th Annual Lucy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director
American Masters 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Film '72 1984 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Happened That Way 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Director / Producer / Screenwriter

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) · J.J. Abrams
· Michael Arndt
2006 Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement Writers Guild of America, USA
2005 Career Achievement Award Casting Society of America, USA
2001 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Austin Film Festival
1999 CEC Award for Best Screenplay San Sebastián International Film Festival Mumford (1999)
1995 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Remake or Sequel Wyatt Earp (1994) · Jim Wilson
· Kevin Costner
1995 Spur Award Western Writers of America Best Drama Script Wyatt Earp (1994) · Dan Gordon
1992 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Grand Canyon (1991)
1992 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Director of the Year
1990 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award The Accidental Tourist (1988) · Anne Tyler (author)
· Frank Galati (screenwriter)
1985 Young Venice Award - Special Mention Venice Film Festival Silverado (1985)
1984 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) · Richard Marquand (director)
· George Lucas (story/written by)
1984 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen The Big Chill (1983) · Barbara Benedek
1983 People's Choice Award Toronto International Film Festival The Big Chill (1983)
1982 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
1982 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) · Steven Spielberg (director)
· George Lucas (story)
· Philip Kaufman (story)
1981 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) · Irvin Kershner (director)
· Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
· George Lucas (story)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) · J.J. Abrams (writer/director)
· Michael Arndt (writer)
2015 Screenplay Competition Screenwriters Choice Awards, Online Best Adapted Screenplay Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) · J.J. Abrams
· Michael Arndt
1999 Golden Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Mumford (1999)
1995 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Picture Wyatt Earp (1994) · Jim Wilson
· Kevin Costner
1995 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Wyatt Earp (1994)
1993 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Picture The Bodyguard (1992) · Jim Wilson
· Kevin Costner
1993 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay The Bodyguard (1992)
1992 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Grand Canyon (1991) · Meg Kasdan
1992 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Grand Canyon (1991) · Meg Kasdan
1992 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Grand Canyon (1991) · Meg Kasdan
1990 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Adapted The Accidental Tourist (1988) · Frank Galati
1989 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium The Accidental Tourist (1988) · Frank Galati
1989 Golden St. George Moscow International Film Festival The Accidental Tourist (1988)
1989 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium The Accidental Tourist (1988) · Frank Galati
1989 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture The Accidental Tourist (1988) · Charles Okun
· Michael Grillo
1988 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The Accidental Tourist (1988)
1985 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original The Big Chill (1983) · Barbara Benedek
1984 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen The Big Chill (1983) · Barbara Benedek
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture The Big Chill (1983) · Barbara Benedek
1984 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) · George Lucas
1984 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Big Chill (1983)
1982 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture Body Heat (1981)
1982 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen Body Heat (1981)
1982 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) · George Lucas
· Philip Kaufman
1981 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) · Leigh Brackett
1981 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) · Leigh Brackett

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Big Chill (1983) · Barbara Benedek
1981 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Body Heat (1981)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay The Accidental Tourist (1988) · Frank Galati


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#Fact
1 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).
2 Named "Lawrence of Arabia" as his favorite film in a AFI poll.
3 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.
4 Frequently 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).
5 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.
6 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).
7 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.
8 Father of Jon Kasdan and Jake Kasdan.
9 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).
10 Brother of Mark Kasdan.
11 Grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia.
12 Worked as a copywriter.
13 Liked writing instead of teaching.
14 Attended University of Michigan as an education major.

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

#Trademark
1 Frequently works with Kevin Kline and William Hurt
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