Is a fan of the films of Akira Kurosawa, something that can be see in his early scripts. The Bodyguard (1992) was his first script, and was named after the English title of Yojimbo (1961), which is also featured in the film itself. Kevin Costner's role was originally written for Steve McQueen. The characters of R2-D2 and C-3PO, in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), were based on two farmers from Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958).
Won the prestigious "Hopwood Prize" for creative writing from the University of Michigan's Hopwood Program. Hopwood was a Michigan alumnus who left a bequest in his will establishing the awards. The Hopwood Program at Michigan now administers the Arthur Miller Award of the U-M Club of New York Scholarship and the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing, among other award/scholarship programs. Kasadan delivered the Hopwood Prize address in the year 2000.
Has never contributed an audio commentary track to his DVDs. When there are audio commentaries on his DVDs, he is not involved.
Father of Jon Kasdan and Jake Kasdan.
Has never directed Harrison Ford in a movie, despite having written three movie in which Ford appears: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Brother of Mark Kasdan.
Grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Worked as a copywriter.
Liked writing instead of teaching.
Attended University of Michigan as an education major.