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      Lawrence Kasdan

      Lawrence Kasdan

      Highest Rated: 100% Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)

      Lowest Rated: 21% Darling Companion (2012)

      Birthday: Jan 14, 1949

      Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

      Responsible for writing some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also an accomplished director who specialized in helming poignant ensemble character dramas. Kasdan first broke into Hollywood with the script for "The Bodyguard" (1992), which he sold in 1976, only to watch it languish in development hell for almost two decades, before becoming a blockbuster starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Meanwhile, his script for "Continental Divide" (1981) captured the attention of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, the latter of whom hired Kasdan to write "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), widely considered to be the best film in the franchise. He collaborated with Spielberg and Lucas again on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), a splashy action adventure that harkened back to the 1930s Saturday matinee serials. He next made his directorial debut with the steaming erotic noir "Body Heat" (1981), after which he wrote "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983). Kasdan earned considerable acclaim for writing and directing "The Big Chill" (1983) before delivering a well-received update of the Western with "Silverado" (1985). After returning to form with "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) and "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan also wrote the screenplays for such films as "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and "Dreamcatcher" (2003). Though he led a quiet life in later years, Kasdan's reputation as an exquisite craftsman still remained strong.

      Highest rated movies

      I Love You to Death
      Into the Night


      THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, director Lawrence Kasdan, 1988, ©Warner Bros. / I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, Lawrence Kasdan directs a scene on set, 1990 SILVERADO, writer, producer, director Lawrence Kasdan, on location, 1985, © Columbia Pictures DREAMCATCHER, Director Lawrence Kasdan on the set, 2003, (c) Warner Brothers FRENCH KISS, from left: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, director Lawrence Kasden on set, 1995, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Lawrence Kasdan, 1995 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, FROM LEFT, SCREENWRITERS JONATHAN KASDAN, LAWRENCE KASDAN, 2018. ©LUCASFILM/©WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES GRAND CANYON, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, director Lawrence Kasdan, on set, 1991. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, director Lawrence Kasdan, on set, 1990. ©TriStar Pictures Meg Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan at arrivals for DARLING COMPANION Premiere, The Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, CA April 17, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection



      No Score Yet 99% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - 40th Anniversary Screenwriter - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Week at Ed's Director,
      - 2019
      69% 63% Solo: A Star Wars Story Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $213.8M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Classy Broad Self - 2016
      93% 85% Star Wars: The Force Awakens Screenwriter $123 2015
      21% 29% Darling Companion Director,
      Executive Producer
      $793.4K 2012
      44% 52% In the Land of Women Executive Producer $11.0M 2007
      28% 35% Dreamcatcher Director,
      $33.7M 2003
      58% 65% Mumford Director,
      $4.6M 1999
      31% 34% Home Fries Producer $10.5M 1998
      48% 75% French Kiss Director $36.4M 1995
      32% 61% Wyatt Earp Director,
      $24.6M 1994
      38% 64% The Bodyguard Screenwriter,
      $61.0K 1992
      No Score Yet 25% Jumpin' at the Boneyard Executive Producer $5.9K 1991
      79% 70% Grand Canyon Director,
      $32.3M 1991
      58% 62% I Love You to Death Devo's Lawyer (Character),
      $14.9M 1990
      54% 55% Immediate Family Executive Producer $5.4M 1989
      100% 82% Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation Writer - 1989
      82% 60% The Accidental Tourist Director $30.3M 1988
      42% 28% Cross My Heart Producer $768.7K 1987
      78% 80% Silverado Director,
      - 1985
      40% 49% Into the Night Detective 2 (Character) - 1985
      71% 77% The Big Chill Director,
      Executive Producer
      $57.0K 1983
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Writer $314.3M 1983
      96% 81% Body Heat Director,
      - 1981
      93% 96% Raiders of the Lost Ark Writer $248.2M 1981
      95% 97% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Writer $291.9M 1980


      100% 92% Light & Magic Executive Producer,
      92% 53% Stay Close Writer 2021