Lawrence Kasdan, born Lawrence Edward Kasdan on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, is an American filmmaker. Originally intending to become a teacher, Kasdan attended the University of Michigan, earning a degree in education. He would later slip into advertising before relocating to Los Angeles and deciding to become a screenwriter. For several years, he experienced constant rejection before selling his screenplays "The Bodyguard" and "Continental Divide" in the late 1970s. These scripts would attract the attention of George Lucas, who hired Kasdan to write both The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Flush with success, Kasdan decided to move into the director's chair a year later, delivering the well-received thriller Body Heat. Kasdan would enjoy consistent success during the 1980s and 1990s, writing and directing films such as Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Wyatt Earp. During this period, he received four Academy Award nominations, though he has yet to win an Oscar. After more than a decade of not working, Kasdan returned to the director's chair in 2012 with the film Darling Companion.