Kasdan at Paleyfest 2012
October 28, 1974
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Relatives||Jonathan Kasdan (brother)|
Jacob "Jake" Kasdan (born October 28, 1974) is an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.
Kasdan was born and raised in a secular Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Meg (née Goldman), a writer, and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. 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).
|2006||The TV Set||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-writer with Judd Apatow|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Yes||Uncredited||Executive||Co-screenwriter with Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner|
|2019||Untitled Jumanji film||Yes||Yes||No||Co-writer with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner|
|1983||The Big Chill||Autograph Seeker|
|1988||The Accidental Tourist||Scott Canfield|
|1998||Zero Effect||Bank Teller|
|2008||Shades of Ray||Director #3|
|1991||Grand Canyon||Production Assistant|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Production Archivist|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Yes||Yes|
|2012–2013||Ben and Kate||Yes||Yes|||
|2015–present||Fresh Off the Boat||Yes||Yes|
|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
- Jewish Daily Forward: "What's a Nice Jewish Boy Like Jake Kasdan Doing Making a 'Sex Tape?'" by Curt Schleier July 18, 2014
- Lawrence Kasdan Biography (1949–)
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "Fox Orders Rob Lowe Comedy 'The Grinder' To Pilot". Variety.
- Audio commentary to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
- Jake Kasdan on IMDb
- The Director Interviews: Jake Kasdan, The TV Set at Filmmaker Magazine
- The Director Interviews: Jake Kasdan, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story[permanent dead link] at Filmmaker Magazine