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|Also Known As:||Lawrence Edward Kasdan||Died:|
|Born:||January 14, 1949||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Miami Beach, Florida, USA||Profession:||Writer ... director screenwriter producer actor advertising copywriter|
Responsible for writing some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also an accomplished director who specialized in helming poignant ensemble character dramas. Kasdan first broke into Hollywood with the script for "The Bodyguard" (1992), which he sold in 1976, only to watch it languish in so-called development hell for almost two decades. Meanwhile, his script for "Continental Divide" (1981) captured the attention of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, the latter of whom hired Kasdan to write "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), widely considered to be the best film in the franchise. He collaborated with Spielberg and Lucas again on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), a splashy action adventure that harkened back to the 1930s Saturday matinee serials. He next made his directorial debut with the steaming erotic noir, "Body Heat" (1981), after which he wrote the weaker, but nonetheless substantial "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983). Kasdan earned considerable acclaim for writing and directing "The Big Chill" (1983) before delivering a well-received update of the Western with "Silverado" (1985). After returning to form with "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) and "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan fell prey to indulgence with the overly long "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and the widely panned "Dreamcatcher" (2003). Though he remained relatively inactive since those high-profile missteps, Kasdan's reputation as an exquisite craftsman built hope that he would one day again return to his previous form.
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