Jake Kasdan

Jake Kasdan Biography

Jacob "Jake" Kasdan (born October 28, 1974) is an American television and film director and occasional actor.

Life and career

Kasdan was born and raised in a secular Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Meg (ne Goldman), a writer, and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. His younger brother, Jon Kasdan, also works in the film and television industry as an actor and writer. Jake Kasdan is married to singer/songwriter Inara George of The Bird and the Bee.

Kasdan has directed six theatrical films: Zero Effect (1998), Orange County (2002), The TV Set (2007), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Bad Teacher (2011) and Sex Tape (2014). He has also worked in television, most notably with Judd Apatow, as a consulting producer and director on Freaks and Geeks and as a director on Undeclared. He has also directed numerous stage productions. He is attached to direct John Grisham novel Calico Joe to a family film adaption.

In 2006, Kasdan received his first Golden Globe nomination for Walk Hard in the Best Original Song category (shared with John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Marshall Crenshaw), but lost to "Guaranteed" from Into the Wild (written by Eddie Vedder).

As a child, he made several appearances in his father's movies such as The Big Chill and Silverado (in the former he is an autograph seeker at a funeral and in the latter a stable boy).

In February 2015, Fox announced it had greenlit a pilot for the comedy The Grinder to be directed by Kasdan and starring Rob Lowe.


Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
1983 The Big Chill Autograph Seeker
1985 Silverado Stable Boy
1988 The Accidental Tourist Scott Canfield
1991 Grand Canyon Production Assistant
1994 Wyatt Earp Archivist
1998 Zero Effect Bank Teller
2002 Orange County
2006 The TV Set
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
2008 Shades of Ray Director #3
2011 Bad Teacher
Friends with Kids
2014 Sex Tape
2017 Jumanji


Year TV series Credited as
Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks
2001 Gross Pointe (#1.15)
Undeclared (#1.1)
2006 Cracking Up (#1.8)
2008 Californication (#2.7)
2011 Spring/Fall
2011-present New Girl
2012-2013 Ben and Kate
2015 Weird Loners
2015-present Fresh Off the Boat
The Grinder


Year Award Category Film Result Notes
2007 Sierra Award Best Song Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Shared with
Judd Apatow
Marshall Crenshaw
John C. Reilly
2008 Golden Globe Best Original Song - Motion Picture Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Shared with
Judd Apatow
Marshall Crenshaw
John C. Reilly
2009 Grammy Best Song Written for Motion Picture
Television or Other Visual Media
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Shared with
Judd Apatow
Marshall Crenshaw
John C. Reilly
2012 Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series New Girl Pilot

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