Kasdan at Paleyfest 2012
October 28, 1974
|Occupation||Film & television director, producer, screenwriter, actor|
Meg Goldman Kasdan
Jacob "Jake" Kasdan (born October 28, 1974) is an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.
Life and career
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. 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).
|1983||The Big Chill||No||No||No||Yes||Autograph Seeker|
|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|
|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|
|Friends with Kids||No||Yes||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|
|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|
John C. Reilly
|2008||Golden Globe||Best Original Song – Motion Picture||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Nominated||Shared with|
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|
John C. Reilly
|2012||Emmy Award||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series||New Girl||Nominated||Pilot|
- 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.
- 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