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Lawrence Kasdan Biography

Birth Place:
Miami, Florida, United States
Writer, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Took inspiration from his father, who never fulfilled his desire to be a writer
  • Met his wife while they were both students at the University of Michigan
  • Worked in advertising before getting into film, and won a Clio Award despite hating the profession
  • Received 37 rejections for his screenplay for The Bodyguard before it was purchased
  • Made his stage directorial debut with a production of John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs and a Bone at the Geffen Playhouse in 1995


  • 1992Berlin Film Festival-Golden Bear: winner
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1992Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1991Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1990BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 1989Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 1988Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 1988Oscar-Best Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium): nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1983Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1983Toronto International Film Festival-People's Choice Award: winner
  • 1983Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated