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LAWRENCE KASDAN (Writer/ Director/ Producer) directed eight films before "Mumford." Six of these he also wrote or co-wrote: "Body Heat," "The Big Chill," "Silverado," "The Accidental Tourist," "Grand Canyon" and "Wyatt Earp." In addition, he has directed two films written by others: John Kostmayer's "I Love You To Death" and Adam Brooks' "French Kiss."

Kasdan's writing credits include four of the most successful films in motion picture history: "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi" and "The Bodyguard."

Born in Miami Beach, Florida, and raised in West Virginia, Kasdan attended the University of Michigan, where he studied English literature.

"The Bodyguard" was the first screenplay he sold, in 1977. His next, "Continental Divide," was purchased by Steven Spielberg who introduced him to George Lucas. Spielberg and Lucas asked Kasdan to write the script for "Raiders of the Lost Ark." When screenwriter Leigh Brackett died before finishing the script for the "Star Wars" sequel "The Empire Strikes Back," Kasdan was asked to take over as writer. He went on to co-write "Return of the Jedi" with Lucas.

Kasdan made his critically acclaimed directorial debut (from his own screenplay) with the 1981 film "Body Heat." He cast the lead roles with two actors then little known: William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. Next, he directed "The Big Chill," which he co-wrote with Barbara Benedek and which was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. His next effort was the sprawling Western "Silverado," which he directed, produced and wrote with his brother, Mark. In 1988 Kasdan directed "The Accidental Tourist," based on the novel by Anne Tyler and adapted by Kasdan and Frank Galati. The film was named Best Picture of 1988 by the New York Film Critics, received four Academy Award nominations and earned Geena Davis a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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