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Jake Kasdan Biography – Childhood, Profession & Marriage

Jake Kasdan Biography

Jake Kasdan is a well known name seeing as he comes from a family involved in the entertainment business. He is best known for his work as the director of movies such as Orange County, Bad Teacher, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and more. Moreover, he has also served as an executive producer for many popular projects.

Thanks to his filmmaking career, Jake has been in the spotlight for a while now and people have shown interest in the story of his life. So, in this biography we will take a look at Kasdan’s family, childhood, relationship, fatherhood and more.

What Was Jake Kasdan’s Childhood Like?

The Bad Teacher director was born as Jacob Kasdan in Detroit, Michigan on October 28, 1974. He grew up alongside his younger brother Jonathan Peter Kasdan aka Jon Kasdan, who is also involved in the film and television industry. Jake Kasdan’s father is Lawrence Kasdan, a writer-director known for his Star Wars films. As for his mother, Meg Goldman aka Meg Kasdan is a writer.

Kasdan was raised in a Jewish family but had very little religious education. He basically grew up on movie sets, even playing small parts in Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Big Chill in the 1980s. Moreover, Jake considers his father his original teacher as Lawrence taught him all about how all of the things in filmmaking worked.

As for traditional education, it is unclear if Jake ever attended a college. But he must have completed his high school studies from his hometown.

What Projects Has Jake Kasdan Worked On?

Aforementioned, Jake grew up surrounded by the filmmaking world and also had small parts in movies in the 1980s. He played background characters in The Big Chill, Silverado and The Accidental Tourist and was credited as Jacob Kasdan. However, his first proper work in the industry came only in the late 90s. He served as the director and producer in the 1998 movie Zero Effect and also voiced a character in it.

This was followed by Jake Kasdan’s work as a director and consulting producer in the teen comedy drama. While he directed five episodes, he served as a consulting producer in fifteen episodes between 1999 and 2000. Jake then worked on Grosse Pointe and Undeclared, directing two and one episodes each respectively. He also directed the 2002 comedy movie Orange County starring Jack Black and Colin Hanks.

The same year, Kasdan wrote, directed and co-executive produced a pilot titled Zero Effect. However the television pilot remained unsold and Jake seemed to have taken a break from the business. He returned to the field having written, produced and directed the films The TV Set and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2006 and 2007 respectively. This was followed by his work on many other feature films and the details about it are listed below:

Movie Title Released Year Directed Produced Written
Shades of Ray 2008 No Yes (Executive Produced) No
Bad Teacher 2011 Yes Yes (Executive Produced) No
Friends with Kids 2011 No Yes No
Sex Tape 2014 Yes Yes (Executive Produced) No
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2017 Yes Yes (Executive Produced) No
Jumanji: The Next Level 2019 Yes Yes (Executive Produced) Yes

Besides the aforementioned movies, Jake Kasdan directed and produced several television series. Few of the shows that he worked on include New Girl, Ben and Kate, Fresh Off the Boat, The Grinder, Speechless, Bless This Mess and Doogie Kamealoha M.D.

Furthermore, there are few upcoming projects that Jake is set to produce and direct in the coming days. Therefore, it is evident that his career is flourishing well and we wish Jake more success.

Who Is Jake Kasdan Married To?

Talking about his personal life, the writer-director-producer is a happily married man and a father of three lovely kids. Jake Kasdan’s wife is Inara George, a singer-songwriter best known as the member of The Bird and the Bee. The pair have been together for a while but have remained secretive regarding their relationship.

Moreover, Jake and Inara have welcomed three children, Otis Kasdan and twins Beau Kasdan and Lorelei Kasdan. Much like their marriage, the lovely couple has kept their kids away from the spotlight. So, let’s hope that in the coming days we will get to know more about the George-Kasdan family.