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Jonathan Kasdan
Jonathan Peter Kasdan

(1979-09-30) September 30, 1979 (age 44)
  • Screenwriter
  • director
  • actor
Years active1983–present

Jonathan Peter Kasdan (born September 30, 1979)[citation needed] is an American film and television screenwriter, director, producer and actor.


Kasdan was born to a Jewish family,[1] the son of Meg (née Goldman), a writer, and film director Lawrence Kasdan.[2] He is the brother of director and actor Jake Kasdan. His directorial debut, In the Land of Women, was released in the United States in 2007. Kasdan also wrote the film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Kasdan has worked as a writer for the American television series Freaks and Geeks, and as an actor in Dawson's Creek and Dreamcatcher. He had his acting debut in 1983 in his father's film, The Big Chill. Kasdan was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease when he was a 17-year-old junior in high school.[3]


Filmmaking credits[edit]

Title Year(s) Director Writer Producer Notes
Freaks and Geeks 2000 No Yes No Television series (Episode: "The Little Things")
Dawson's Creek 2000–2002 No Yes No Television series (5 episodes)
In the Land of Women[4] 2007 Yes Yes No Directorial debut
The First Time 2012 Yes Yes No
Roadies 2016 Yes No No Television series (2 episodes)
Solo: A Star Wars Story[5] 2018 No Yes Co-producer
Willow 2022–2023 No Yes Executive Series for Disney+
Developer and executive producer (8 episodes)
Writer (3 episodes)
Willow: Behind the Magic 2023 No No Executive Documentary special for Disney+

Also uncredited wrote earlier draft for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023).[6]

Acting credits[edit]

Title Year(s) Role Notes
The Big Chill 1983 Harold and Sarah's son
Silverado 1985 Boy at Outpost
The Accidental Tourist 1988 Boy at Doctor's Office
I Love You to Death 1990 Dominic
Wyatt Earp 1994 Bar Boy
Freaks and Geeks 1999 Tommy Television series (episode "Tricks and Treats")
Slackers 2002 Barry
Big Trouble Jack Pendick Trainee
Dawson's Creek Gawky-Looking Kid Television series (episode "Cigarette Burns")
Dreamcatcher 2003 Defuniak
Californication 2011–2014 Director Television series (9 episodes)
Darling Companion 2012 Offciant
Solo: A Star Wars Story[5] 2018 Bink Otauna Deleted scene (uncredited)


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (May 15, 2018). "Han Solo is a Jew, Michelle Wolf is not". J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
  2. ^ "Lawrence Kasdan Biography (1949-)". Film Reference. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Steven Weintraub (April 17, 2007). "Jonathan Kasdan Interviewed – In the Land of Women". Collider. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Mick LaSalle (April 20, 2007). "Finding deep meaning in ... Michigan". San Francisco Chronicle ( Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Josh Rottenberg (May 26, 2018). "Solo: A Star Wars Story writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan on spoilers, sequels and why Han shot first". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Indiana Jones 5". Writers Guild of America West. February 10, 2023. Archived from the original on March 20, 2023. Retrieved May 27, 2023.

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