Jake Kasdan

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Jake Kasdan
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Kasdan at Paleyfest 2012
Jacob Kasdan

(1974-10-28) October 28, 1974 (age 45)
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Inara George
Parent(s)Lawrence Kasdan
RelativesJonathan Kasdan (brother)

Jacob "Jake" Kasdan (born October 28, 1974) is an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

Early life[edit]

Kasdan was born and raised in a secular Jewish family[1] in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Meg (née Goldman), a writer, and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.[2] His younger brother, Jon Kasdan, also works in the film and television industry as an actor and writer.


Kasdan has directed seven theatrical films: Zero Effect (1998), Orange County (2002), The TV Set (2006), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Bad Teacher (2011), Sex Tape (2014) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). He has also worked in television, most notably with Judd Apatow, as a consulting producer and director on Freaks and Geeks and as a director on Undeclared. He has also directed numerous stage productions. He is attached to direct John Grisham novel Calico Joe to a family film adaptation.

In 2006, Kasdan received his first Golden Globe nomination for Walk Hard in the Best Original Song category (shared with John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Marshall Crenshaw), but lost to "Guaranteed" from Into the Wild (written by Eddie Vedder).

As a child, he made several appearances in his father's movies such as The Big Chill and Silverado (in the former he is an autograph seeker at a funeral and in the latter a stable boy).

In February 2015, Fox announced it had greenlit a pilot for the comedy The Grinder to be directed by Kasdan and starring Rob Lowe.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kasdan is married to singer-songwriter Inara George of The Bird and the Bee. They have three children: Otis, and twins Beau and Lorelei.[4]


Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1998 Zero Effect Yes Yes Yes
2002 Orange County Yes No No
2006 The TV Set Yes Yes Yes
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Yes Yes Yes Co-writer with Judd Apatow
2011 Bad Teacher Yes No No
2014 Sex Tape Yes No No
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Yes Uncredited Executive Co-screenwriter with Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Yes Yes No Co-writer with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner

Producer only

Acting Roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1983 The Big Chill Autograph Seeker
1985 Silverado Stable Boy
1988 The Accidental Tourist Scott Canfield
1998 Zero Effect Bank Teller
2008 Shades of Ray Director #3

Additional Credits[edit]

Year Title Role
1991 Grand Canyon Production Assistant
1994 Wyatt Earp Production Archivist

Music videos[edit]


Year Title Director Producer Notes
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Yes Yes
2001 Grosse Pointe Yes No (#1.15)
Undeclared Yes No (#1.1)
2006 Cracking Up Yes No (#1.8)
2008 Californication Yes No (#2.7)
2011 Spring/Fall Yes No [5]
2011–2018 New Girl Yes Yes [6]
2012–2013 Ben and Kate Yes Yes [7]
2015 Weird Loners Yes Yes
2015–present Fresh Off the Boat Yes Yes
2015–2016 The Grinder Yes Yes
2016–2019 Speechless No Yes
2019–present Bless This Mess No Yes
TBA Untitled Willow television series No No Writer


Year Award Category Film Result Notes
2007 Sierra Award Best Song Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Won Shared with Judd Apatow,
Marshall Crenshaw and John C. Reilly
2008 Golden Globe Best Original Song Nominated
2009 Grammy Best Song Written for Motion Picture
Television or Other Visual Media
2012 Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Directing for a Comedy Series
New Girl Nominated Pilot


  1. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "What's a Nice Jewish Boy Like Jake Kasdan Doing Making a 'Sex Tape?'" by Curt Schleier July 18, 2014
  2. ^ Lawrence Kasdan Biography (1949–)
  3. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "Fox Orders Rob Lowe Comedy 'The Grinder' To Pilot". Variety.
  4. ^ Audio commentary to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1888593/combined
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826940/
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2177491/combined

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