October 28, 1974
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Jacob Kasdan (born October 28, 1974) is an American filmmaker and actor. He is best known for directing Walk Hard (2007), Bad Teacher (2011), Sex Tape (2014), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).
Kasdan was born and raised in a Jewish family, with little religious education 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), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). 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 2008, 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).
On March 26, 2019, The Detective Agency's producing partners Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar reupped, and signed a new overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television.
In October 2021, it was announced that Disney+ had given a series order to a television adaptation of graphic novel, American Born Chinese. It will be produced by 20th Century Television with Kelvin Yu and Charles Yu as writers and executive producers, Marvin Mar and Kasdan as executive producers, and Destin Daniel Cretton as director and executive producer. Most recently, he served as executive producer of the workplace comedy pilot XYZ at ABC.
|2006||The TV Set||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Yes||Executive||No|
|2019||Jumanji: The Next Level||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2008||Shades of Ray||Executive|
|2011||Friends with Kids||Yes|
|1983||The Big Chill||Autograph Seeker|
|1988||The Accidental Tourist||Scott Canfield|
|1998||Zero Effect||Bank Teller (voice)|
|2008||Shades of Ray||Director # 3|
|1998||Zero Effect||Let's Run Off and Get Married|
|Cold and Dark in My Heart|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Walk Hard|
|Take My Hand|
|(Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man|
|Cut My Brother in Half Blues|
|There's a Change a'Happening (I Can Feel It)|
|(You Make Me So) Hard|
|1991||Grand Canyon||Production assistant|
Television and web
|1999–00||Freaks and Geeks||Yes||No||No||Director (5 episodes) / Also consulting producer (15 episodes)|
|2000||Grosse Pointe||Yes||No||No||2 episodes|
|2002||Zero Effect||Yes||Co-Executive||Yes||Unsold television pilot|
|2006||Cracking Up||Yes||No||No||Episode: "The Fixer"|
|2008||Californication||Yes||No||No||Episode: "In a Lonely Place"|
|2011–18||New Girl||Yes||Yes||No||Director (7 episodes) / Executive producer (146 episodes)|
|2012–13||Ben and Kate||Yes||Yes||No||Director (2 episodes) / Executive producer (16 episodes)|
|2015||Weird Loners||Yes||Yes||No||Director (2 episodes) / Executive producer (6 episodes)|
|2015–16||The Grinder||Yes||Yes||No||Director (2 episodes) / Executive producer (22 episodes)|
|2015–20||Fresh off the Boat||Yes||Yes||No||Director (Episode: "The Shunning") /|
Executive producer (116 episodes)
|2017||Jalen Vs. Everybody||No||Yes||No||Television film|
|2019||Heart of Life||No||Yes||No||Television film|
|2019–20||Bless This Mess||No||Yes||No||26 episodes|
|2021–present||Doogie Kamealoha, M.D||Yes||Yes||No||Director (Episode: "Aloha – The Hello One") /|
Executive producer (10 episodes)
|2023||Prom Pact||No||Yes||No||Television film|
|2023||American Born Chinese||No||Yes||No|||
|2021||Young Rock||Tyler the Director||Episode: "A Christmas Peril"|
- Believe by Shawn Mendes (2015)
|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–)
- Marechal, A. J. (2012-07-12). "Kasdan signs deal with 20th TV". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth (12 February 2015). "Fox Orders Rob Lowe Comedy 'The Grinder' To Pilot". Variety.
- Thorne, Will (2019-03-26). "Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar Sign New Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 4, 2021). "Disney+ Greenlights 'American Born Chinese' Series From Melvin Mar, Kelvin Yu & Jake Kasdan; 'Shang-Chi's Destin Daniel Cretton To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
- White, Peter (2021-12-15). "'Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.' Duo Alison Bennett & Melvin Mar Set Workplace Comedy 'XYZ' At ABC". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
- Audio commentary to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 7, 2022). "'Shang-Chi's Michelle Yeoh & Destin Daniel Cretton Reunite For Disney+ Series 'American Born Chinese;' Chin Han, Yeo Yann Yann & Daniel Wu Also Star". Retrieved February 7, 2022.