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Also Known As: Jake Kasden, Jacob Kasdan Died:
Born: October 28, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, production assistant, playwright, archivist

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The son of renowned writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, filmmaker Jake Kasdan laid to rest any potential charges of unearned nepotism with a string of quirky, intelligent and well-regarded feature films. After learning the ropes of the business from his father on such films as "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan made his impressive feature debut as the writer-director of the oddball detective yarn, "Zero Effect" (1998). Work with Judd Apatow on the short-lived cult television series "Freaks & Geeks" (NBC 1999-2000) further honed his comedic sensibilities and paved the way for the theatrical forays "Orange County" (2002) and "The TV Set" (2006). Although consistently praised by reviewers, even Kasdan's more accessible projects, like the music industry biopic spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), failed to bring in the crowds. Box office success finally came with the scatological Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher" (2011), although this time the critics were less amused. Regardless of differing opinions on his individual efforts, the one thing all could agree upon was that his filmmaking talent was not only genetic, but uniquely his own and held great promise.

The son of renowned writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, filmmaker Jake Kasdan laid to rest any potential charges of unearned nepotism with a string of quirky, intelligent and well-regarded feature films. After learning the ropes of the business from his father on such films as "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan made his impressive feature debut as the writer-director of the oddball detective yarn, "Zero Effect" (1998). Work with Judd Apatow on the short-lived cult television series "Freaks & Geeks" (NBC 1999-2000) further honed his comedic sensibilities and paved the way for the theatrical forays "Orange County" (2002) and "The TV Set" (2006). Although consistently praised by reviewers, even Kasdan's more accessible projects, like the music industry biopic spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), failed to bring in the crowds. Box office success finally came with the scatological Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher" (2011), although this time the critics were less amused. Regardless of differing opinions on his individual efforts, the one thing all could agree upon was that his filmmaking talent was not only genetic, but uniquely his own and held great promise.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Bad Teacher (2011)
3.
  TV Set, The (2006)
4.
  Orange County (2002) Director
5.
  Zero Effect (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Accidental Tourist, The (1988) Scott Canfield
2.
 Silverado (1985) Stable Boy
3.
 The Big Chill (1983) Autograph Seeker
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Made uncredited cameo appearances in father's films "The Big Chill" (1983), "Silverado" (1985) and "The Accidental Tourist" (1988)
1991:
Served as production assistant on father's film, "Grand Canyon"
1994:
Worked as archivist on father's film, "Wyatt Earp"
1996:
Wrote and directed the play, "The Behavioral Patterns of Funnyman Tyler Hudson"
1998:
Feature screenwriting and directing debut, "Zero Effect"; also produced
1999:
TV directorial debut, the pilot for the NBC drama series, "Freaks and Geeks"
2001:
Helmed the pilot for Fox's "Undeclared"
2002:
Directed the comedy feature, "Orange County"
2007:
Helmed "The TV Set," a painfully funny view of the tortuous process a television pilot endures on its way to the small screen
2007:
Directed "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" starring John C. Reilly; also co-wrote the music and lyrics to the theme song; earned a Golden Globe and a Grammy nomination for Best Song
2011:
Directed Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in the comedy, "Bad Teacher"
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Education

Hampshire College: Amherst , Massachusetts -
University of California, Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz , California -

Notes

About growing up on his father's movie sets: "You can't buy that education. It was unbelievable exposure. Without that, I don't know if I would be qualified to do this right now. If I hadn't been able to bear witness to what it looks like when it's being doing well, and to see how the process works mechanically and creatively, I wouldn't be doing this." --Jake Kasdan to THE BOSTON GLOBE, January 29, 1998

"I love those [Sherlock Holmes] stories and am deeply influenced by those stories and the genre of the master detective. There is a great tradition of these master detectives with highly developed minds who have some sort of a manner of a deficiency. They say if you are missing a sense, the others become highly attuned and developed. I wanted to write about the ways that people can be really good at some things and really bad at other things. There is reality to his [the Pullman character in "Zero Effect"] dilemma and his problems and a reality I certainly can relate to." --Kasdan quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 29, 1998

"It makes perfect sense to me that people want to know about my family. I am really young to be a film director. I've been around movie sets my whole life. To me, that part of the story seems like a side note. I wasn't such an irresistible property as a filmmaker prior to this. Really, all that happened was I wrote this script and found all these people to make it--actors, producers, a studio. They liked the script." --Jake Kasdan to THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 1, 1998

About watching the filming of "Silverado": "We'd go out in the desert at six in the morning and I'd sit there until nine at night and then go to dailies. It wasn't about watching my dad. It was watching this incredible organism function." --Kasdan in DETAILS, March 1998

After seeing his son's film "Zero Effect" seven times: "I was worn out by how good his directing was. To be a director you have to have a slightly insane confidence in yourself. Jake has that." --Lawrence Kasdan to DETAILS, March 1998

Family close complete family listing

father:
Lawrence Kasdan. Director, screenwriter.
mother:
Meg Kasdan. Screenwriter. Co-wrote "Grand Canyon" with husband.
brother:
Jonathan Kasdan. Aspiring filmmaker; born c 1980; has appeared in four of father's films ("The Big Chill" 1983, "Siverado" 1985, "I Love You to Death" 1990 and "Wyatt Earp" 1994).

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