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Lawrence Kasdan
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    (January 14, 1949- )
    Born in Miami, Florida
    Director, producer, and screenwriter
    Directed and wrote 'Body Heat' (1981), 'The Big Chill' (1983), 'Silverado' (1985), 'The Accidental Tourist' (1988), 'Grand Canyon' (1991), 'Wyatt Earp' (1994) and 'Dreamcatcher' (2003)
    Screenwriter for 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981), 'Return of the Jedi' (1983), 'The Bodyguard' (1992), 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (2015), and 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' (2018)
    Profile picture features, left to right, Kasdan, George Lucas and Mark Hamill
    He originally planned to become an English teacher, but when that did not pan out, he became an advertising copywriter.
    His script for 'The Bodyguard' was rejected 67 times before being bought by Warner Brothers, then spent two decades in 'development hell,' changing from a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross to one for Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
    He refused to provide commentaries on the DVDs of his films.
    He was nominated for three Oscars for writing, for 'The Big Chill,' 'The Accidental Tourist' and 'Grand Canyon.'
    He works frequently with Kevin Kline (six films) and William Hurt (four).
    'Wired' magazine wrote, 'With the exception of George Lucas himself, Kasdan is the person who most established what Star Wars is.'
    He is firmly in the 'Han shot first' camp.

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