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Lawrence Kasdan is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Creative Consultant American born on 14 january 1949 at Miami (USA)

Lawrence Kasdan

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Birth name Lawrence Edward Kasdan
Nationality USA
Birth 14 january 1949 (70 years) at Miami (USA)

Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known as the co-writer of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Kasdan has been confirmed to be co-writer for the upcoming third trilogy of Star Wars.

He is the father of directors Jake Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, and the father-in-law of musician Inara George.

Biography

Ses études terminées, Lawrence Kasdan part pour Hollywood au début des années 70 avec son script de Bodyguard sous la main, dans l'espoir de monter le projet avec Steve McQueen. Après avoir essuyé plusieurs refus des studios, le projet sera abandonné (le film sera finalement réalisé en 1992 avec Kevin Costner).

En 1979, il réussit à vendre un autre scénario, Continental Divide à Steven Spielberg, qui deviendra un film réalisé par Michael Apted en 1981 avec John Belushi dans le rôle principal.

George Lucas le contacte dans la foulée pour terminer avec lui l'écriture du scénario de Star Wars, épisode V : L'Empire contre-attaque après le décès de la scénariste Leigh Brackett. Impressionné par son travail, Lucas lui confie alors le développement final du scénario de sa prochaine production basée sur une histoire écrite par lui, Les Aventuriers de l'arche perdue.

Le succès international de ces films lui permet de passer à la mise en scène avec le thriller La Fièvre au corps en 1981.

Il travaille de nouveau aux côtés de Lucas en 1983 en rédigeant avec lui l'écriture du scénario de Star Wars, épisode VI : Le Retour du Jedi, le dernier épisode de la trilogie originale.

Par la suite, il se spécialise dans les films choraux, réunissant un large casting d'acteurs confirmés ou débutants, révélant au passage Kevin Kline, avec qui il collaborera sur plusieurs films, ou Kevin Costner.

Ses films abordent des genres aussi différents que la comédie dramatique avec Les Copains d'abord en 1983 et Grand Canyon (Ours d'or à Berlin en 1992), le western avec Silverado et Wyatt Earp, la comédie romantique avec French Kiss
ou carrément noire avec Je t'aime à te tuer.

Réalisateur à succès durant les années 80 et 90, ses derniers films ne parviennent pas à toucher un large public et connaissent des échecs commerciaux, comme ce fut le cas avec le film fantastique Dreamcatcher, adapté du roman de Stephen King en 2003.

À la suite de l'acquisition de la société Lucasfilm par Disney en 2012, le retour de Lawrence Kasdan à l'écriture du scénario de l'épisode 7 de la saga Star Wars a été officiellement annoncée.

Best films

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
(Scriptwriter)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
(Scriptwriter)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
(Scriptwriter)
The Bodyguard (1992)
(Scriptwriter)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
(Ecrivain)
French Kiss (1995)
(Director)

Usually with

Carol Littleton
Carol Littleton
(10 films)
Jon Kasdan
Jon Kasdan
(9 films)
Meg Kasdan
Meg Kasdan
(4 films)
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lawrence Kasdan (27 films)

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Actor

Darling Companion, 1h43
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Moss, Sam Shepard
Rating51% 2.5527752.5527752.5527752.5527752.552775
Beth Winter (Keaton) rescues a lost dog from the roadside and names him Freeway. Her children have grown up and moved away, and her husband, Joseph (Kline), is distracted and self-involved. Beth forms a strong friendship with the dog and is deeply upset when, after her daughter's wedding, her husband loses the dog. They engage the service of a psychic gypsy to find the dog again.
Empire of Dreams, 1h30
Directed by Kevin Burns
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Films about extraterrestrial life, Documentary films about films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Ben Burtt, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg
Roles Himself
Rating83% 4.188894.188894.188894.188894.18889
L'Empire des Rêves relate l'épopée que fût la création de la première trilogie Star Wars. Des tous premières ébauches de scénario dans l'esprit de son créateur George Lucas jusqu'au succès qu'on connaît à la saga, ce documentaire nous entraine dans les coulisses d'un tournage tantôt chaotique, tantôt enivrant, racontés par les acteurs, les membres de la production, et George Lucas lui-même.
As Good as It Gets, 2h12
Directed by James L. Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Shirley Knight, Skeet Ulrich
Roles Dr. Green
Rating76% 3.848973.848973.848973.848973.84897
Melvin Udall is a misanthrope who works at home as a best-selling novelist in New York City. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder which, paired with his misanthropy, alienates nearly everyone with whom he interacts. He avoids stepping on sidewalk cracks while walking through the city due to a superstition of bad luck, and eats breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every day using disposable plastic utensils he brings with him due to his pathological mysophobia. He takes an interest in his waitress, Carol Connelly, the only server at the restaurant who can tolerate his behavior.
Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp (1994)
, 3h11
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Historical, Western
Actors Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, JoBeth Williams, David Andrews, Linden Ashby
Roles Gambler (uncredited)
Rating66% 3.3495053.3495053.3495053.3495053.349505
A teenage Wyatt Earp lives on the family farm. His older brothers, Virgil and James, are away at war serving with the Union Army. Wyatt dreams of war, and packs some belongings, bids his younger brothers & sisters goodbye, and attempts to run away, intending to lie about his age and join the Union Army. He doesn't make it off the farm before his father catches him and forces him to return home. A short while later, both brothers return home at the war's end, with James gravely wounded. Shortly afterwards, the family moves west. It is during this move that Wyatt first sees a man killed, shot during a gunfight. He gets sick at the sight, and vomits.
I Love You to Death, 1h37
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves
Rating63% 3.199873.199873.199873.199873.19987
Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) is the owner of a pizza parlor located in Tacoma, Washington, and has been married to Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) for years. Rosalie is horrified to discover that Joey is a womanizer and has been cheating on her for a long time.
Into the Night, 1h55
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Actors Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Farnsworth, Dan Aykroyd, David Bowie, David Cronenberg
Roles Detective #2
Rating64% 3.2497353.2497353.2497353.2497353.249735
Upon discovering that his wife is having an affair, depressed insomniac Ed Okin (Jeff Goldblum) drives to LAX on his friend Herb's (Dan Aykroyd) suggestion. There he is surprised by a beautiful jewel smuggler, Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer), who lands on his car and begs him to drive her away from four Iranians who are chasing her. She persuades him to drive her to various locations, and he becomes embroiled in her predicament. After becoming increasingly exasperated with her demands, he discovers that Diana has smuggled priceless emeralds from the Shah of Iran's treasury into the country, and is being pursued by various assorted assailants, including the aforementioned agents of a criminal Iranian expatriate and a British hitman (David Bowie).

Director

Darling Companion, 1h43
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Moss, Sam Shepard
Rating51% 2.5527752.5527752.5527752.5527752.552775
Beth Winter (Keaton) rescues a lost dog from the roadside and names him Freeway. Her children have grown up and moved away, and her husband, Joseph (Kline), is distracted and self-involved. Beth forms a strong friendship with the dog and is deeply upset when, after her daughter's wedding, her husband loses the dog. They engage the service of a psychic gypsy to find the dog again.
Dreamcatcher, 2h16
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about viral outbreaks, Buddy films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore
Rating54% 2.749082.749082.749082.749082.74908
Jonesy, Beaver, Pete, and Henry are four friends on an annual hunting trip in Maine. As children, they all acquired telepathy which they call "the line". A flashback shows them as they save a mentally handicapped boy named Douglas "Duddits" Cavell from bullies and befriend him.
Mumford
Mumford (1999)
, 1h47
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, L'usurpation d'identité, Films about psychiatry, Escroquerie
Actors Loren Dean, Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Rating68% 3.44873.44873.44873.44873.4487
As a relative newcomer to an Oregon town that bears his name, Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean) seems charming and skillful to his neighbors and patients. His unique, frank approach to psychotherapy soon attracts patients away from the two therapists (David Paymer and Jane Adams) already working in the area.
French Kiss, 1h51
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Timothy Tarquin Hutton, François Cluzet, Renee Humphrey
Rating65% 3.2992153.2992153.2992153.2992153.299215
Kate (Ryan) is a fastidious and wholesome history teacher living in Canada with her fiancé, Charlie (Hutton), a doctor. While waiting for her Canadian citizenship to come through, Kate has been busy planning their wedding and the purchase of their first house, complete with a white picket fence. He urges her to accompany him to Paris for an upcoming business trip, but she declines due to her fear of flying and her general intolerance for cheese, secondhand smoke, and the French.
Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp (1994)
, 3h11
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Historical, Western
Actors Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, JoBeth Williams, David Andrews, Linden Ashby
Rating66% 3.3495053.3495053.3495053.3495053.349505
A teenage Wyatt Earp lives on the family farm. His older brothers, Virgil and James, are away at war serving with the Union Army. Wyatt dreams of war, and packs some belongings, bids his younger brothers & sisters goodbye, and attempts to run away, intending to lie about his age and join the Union Army. He doesn't make it off the farm before his father catches him and forces him to return home. A short while later, both brothers return home at the war's end, with James gravely wounded. Shortly afterwards, the family moves west. It is during this move that Wyatt first sees a man killed, shot during a gunfight. He gets sick at the sight, and vomits.
Grand Canyon, 2h14
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Danny Glover, Marlee Matlin, Kevin Kline, Randle Mell, Steve Martin, Marley Shelton
Rating68% 3.448783.448783.448783.448783.44878
After attending a Lakers basketball game, an immigration lawyer named Mack (Kevin Kline) finds himself at the mercy of potential muggers when his car breaks down in a bad part of Los Angeles late at night. The muggers are talked out of their plans by Simon (Danny Glover), a tow truck driver who arrives just in time. Mack sets out to befriend Simon, despite their having nothing in common.
I Love You to Death, 1h37
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves
Rating63% 3.199873.199873.199873.199873.19987
Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) is the owner of a pizza parlor located in Tacoma, Washington, and has been married to Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) for years. Rosalie is horrified to discover that Joey is a womanizer and has been cheating on her for a long time.
The Accidental Tourist, 2h1
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, Bill Pullman, David Ogden Stiers
Rating67% 3.39793.39793.39793.39793.3979
Macon Leary (William Hurt) is a Baltimore writer of travel guides for reluctant business travelers, which detail how best to avoid unpleasantness and difficulty.
Silverado
Silverado (1985)
, 2h29
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime, Western
Actors Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Brian Dennehy
Rating71% 3.599353.599353.599353.599353.59935
Emmett (Scott Glenn) is ambushed by three men while he sleeps in a deserted shack. In a brief gunfight, he kills all of the assailants. As he sets out for the town of Silverado, Emmett finds a man, Paden (Kevin Kline), lying in the desert, having been robbed and left to die.