Jonathan Kasdan

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Jonathan Kasdan
Born Jonathan Peter Kasdan
(1979-09-30) September 30, 1979 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, actor
Years active 1983–present
Relatives Lawrence Kasdan (father)
Jake Kasdan (brother)

Jonathan Kasdan (born September 30, 1979)[citation needed] is an American writer, director 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]


As an actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Big Chill Harold and Sarah's son
1985 Silverado Boy at Outpost
1988 The Accidental Tourist Boy at Doctor's Office
1990 I Love You to Death Dominic
1994 Wyatt Earp Bar Boy
1999 Freaks and Geeks Tommy TV Series; 1 episode
2002 Slackers Barry
Big Trouble Jack Pendick Trainee
Dawson's Creek Gawky-Looking Kid TV Series; 1 episode
2003 Dreamcatcher Defuniak
2012 Darling Companion Offciant
2011–2014 Californication Director TV Series; 9 episodes
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Bink Otauna

As writer/director[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Notes
2000 Freaks and Geeks No Yes TV Series; 1 episode
2000–2002 Dawson's Creek No Yes TV Series; 4 episodes
2007 In the Land of Women[4] Yes Yes
2012 The First Time Yes Yes
2016 Roadies Yes No TV Series; 2 episodes
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story[5] No Yes
2021 Indiana Jones 5 No Yes


  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. ^ 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. 

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