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J.J. Abrams Biography

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J.J. Abrams is a film and television producer, screenwriter, director, and composer.

J.J. Abrams' Biggest Accomplishments:
J.J. Abrams formed Bad Robot productions with Bryan Burk in 1998. The company produces television programs and films.

Birth:
June 27, 1966 in New York City as Jeffrey Jacob Abrams

Television Series Created by J.J. Abrams:
Fringe, Undercovers, Lost, Alias, and Felicity

Produced:

  • 2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  • 2011 Alcatraz (TV series)
  • 2011 Person of Interest (TV series)
  • 2011 Super 8
  • 2008-2011 Fringe (TV series)
  • 2010-2011 Undercovers (TV series)
  • 2010 Morning Glory
  • 2004-2010 Lost (TV series)
  • 2009 The People Speak (documentary)
  • 2009 Star Trek
  • 2009 Anatomy of Hope (TV movie)
  • 2007-2008 Lost: Missing Pieces (web mini-series)
  • 2008 Cloverfield
  • 2006-2007 Six Degrees (TV series)
  • 2006-2007 What About Brian (TV series)
  • 2001-2006 Alias (TV series)
  • 2005 The Catch (TV movie)
  • 2004 The Animated Alias: Tribunal (video short)
  • 1998-2002 Felicity (TV series)
  • 2001 Joy Ride
  • 1999 The Suburbans
  • 1996 The Pallbearer
  • 1992 Forever Young
  • 1991 Regarding Henry


TV Series With One or More Episodes Directed by J.J. Abrams:


Films Directed by J.J. Abrams:

  • 2011 Super 8
  • 2009 Star Trek
  • 2009 Anatomy of Hope
  • 2006 Mission: Impossible III


TV Series J.J. Abrams has Written:


Films J.J. Abrams has Written:

  • 2011 Super 8
  • 2006 Mission: Impossible III
  • 2005 The Catch (TV movie)
  • 2001 Joy Ride
  • 1998 Armageddon
  • 1997 Gone Fishin'
  • 1992 Forever Young
  • 1991 Regarding Henry
  • 1990 Taking Care of Business

J.J. Abrams Composed the Theme Music:

Fringe, Alias, and Felicity 


J.J. Abrams' Appearances on the Big and Small Screen:

  • 2001 Alias - Man on the phone saying "Joey's Pizza"
  • 1999 The Suburbans - Rock Journalist
  • 1996 Diabolique - Video Photographer #2
  • 1993 Six Degrees of Separation - Doug
  • 1991 Regarding Henry - Delivery Boy

J.J. Abrams' Education:
He went to Palisades Charter High School and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988.

J.J. Abrams' Family:
J.J. Abrams was raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of television producer Gerald W. Abrams and executive prodcuer Carol Abrams. He married Katie McGrath, a public relations exec, in 1996 and they have three children, Henry, Gracie, and August.

Interviews of Note:

Awards and Nominations:

Wins

  • 2005 Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2005 Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Directing for A Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2006 Golden Globe Award Winner, Best Drama Series (Lost)

Nominations

  • 2002 Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series (Alias)
  • 2005 Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2007 Golden Globe Award Nomination, Best Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2006 Writers Guild of America Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Series (Lost season 1)

Trivia Fact #1: At the age of 8, J.J. Abrams' grandfather took him on the Universal Studios Tour. It was then that he decided he wanted to work in film and movies. He talked his father into letting him use their Super 8mm camera and made films with Greg Grunberg.

Trivia Fact #2: He gave Alias star Jennifer Garner a pink bicycle for her birthday during the shooting of Alias.

Trivia Fact #3: His debut film Mission: Impossible III is the most expensive film ever made by a first-time director.

Trivia Fact #4: The "Bad Robot" that is heard when the red robot appears at the end of any Bad Robot produced series or film was done by J.J. Abrams' two older children.

 

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