Jake Kasdan

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Jake Kasdan
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Kasdan at Paleyfest 2012
Born Jacob Kasdan
(1974-10-28) October 28, 1974 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Occupation Film & television director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Inara George
Children 3
Parent(s) Lawrence Kasdan
Meg Goldman Kasdan

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

Life and career[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. Jake Kasdan is married to singer/songwriter Inara George of The Bird and the Bee.

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]


Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
1983 The Big Chill No No No Yes Autograph Seeker
1985 Silverado No No No Yes Stable Boy
1988 The Accidental Tourist No No No Yes Scott Canfield
1991 Grand Canyon No No No No Production Assistant
1994 Wyatt Earp No No No No Production Archivist
1998 Zero Effect Yes Yes Yes Yes Bank Teller
2002 Orange County Yes No No No
2006 The TV Set Yes Yes Yes No
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Yes Yes Yes No Co-writer with Judd Apatow
2008 Shades of Ray No Yes No Yes Director #3
2011 Bad Teacher Yes No No No
Friends with Kids No Yes[4] No No
2014 Sex Tape Yes No No No
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Yes Executive Uncredited No Co-screenwriter with Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner
2019 Untitled Jumanji film Yes No Yes No Co-writer with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner


Year TV series Credited as
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[6] Yes[6]
2012–2013 Ben and Kate Yes[7] Yes
2015 Weird Loners Yes Yes
2015–present Fresh Off the Boat Yes Yes
2015–2016 The Grinder Yes Yes
2016–present Speechless No Yes


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


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