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J. J. Abrams
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Born
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams

June 27, 1966 (1966-06-27) (age 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Palisades Charter High School
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, composer
Years active 1982–present
Home town Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Katie McGrath (m. 1996)
Children 3
Parent(s) Gerald W. Abrams
Carol Ann Kelvin

Jabraham Jabrams born June 27, 1966) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He is known for work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. Abrams wrote or produced such films as Regarding Henry (1991), Forever Young (1992), Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008), Star Trek (2009), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).

Abrams has created numerous television series, including Felicity (co-creator, 1998–2003), Alias (creator, 2001–2006), Lost (co-creator, 2004–2010), and Fringe (co-creator, 2008–2013). He won two Emmy Awards for Lost — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.

His directorial film work includes Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Super 8 (2011). He also directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and his highest-grossing film, as well as the third highest-grossing film of all time. He will return to Star Wars by co-writing and directing Episode IX.

Early life

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Abrams in May 2010

Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of television producer Gerald W. Abrams (born 1939) and executive producer Carol Ann Abrams (née Kelvin; 1942–2012). His sister is screenwriter Tracy Rosen. He attended Palisades High School. After graduating high school, Abrams planned on going to dental school rather than an arts college, but eventually enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, following his father's advice: "it's more important that you go off and learn what to make movies about than how to make movies."

Personal life

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J.J. Abrams speaking at San Diego Comic-Con International

Abrams is married to public relations executive Katie McGrath and has three children. He resides in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California. He is Jewish and his wife is Roman Catholic, and he sometimes takes his children to religious services on Jewish holidays.

Abrams serves on the Creative Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Writer Director Producer Actor Notes
1982 Nightbeast Composer
Sound effects
1990 Taking Care of Business Yes
1991 Regarding Henry Yes Yes Yes Delivery Boy
Co-producer
1992 Forever Young Yes Yes Executive producer
1993 Six Degrees of Separation Yes Doug
1996 The Pallbearer Yes
Diabolique Yes Video Photographer #2
1997 Gone Fishin' Yes
1998 Armageddon Yes
1999 The Suburbans Yes Yes Rock Journalist
2001 Joy Ride Yes Yes
2006 Mission: Impossible III Yes Yes Feature directorial debut
Also digital artist
2008 Cloverfield Yes
2009 Star Trek Yes Yes
2010 Morning Glory Yes
2011 Super 8 Yes Yes Yes
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Yes
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Yes Yes
2014 Infinitely Polar Bear Yes Executive producer
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Yes
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Yes Yes Yes Yes Vocal cameo
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane Yes
Star Trek Beyond Yes
2017 The Disaster Artist Yes Himself
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Yes Executive producer
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Yes
Overlord Yes Post-production
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Yes Filming
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX Yes Yes Yes Pre-production

Television

Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Executive Producer Composer
1998–2002 Felicity Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (17 episodes), director (2 episodes), theme music co-composer
2001–2006 Alias Yes Yes Yes Yes Creator; writer (13 episodes), director (3 episodes), theme music composer
2004–2010 Lost Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes), director (2 episodes), theme music composer
2005 The Catch Yes Yes Co-creator; pilot
2006–2007 What About Brian Yes
Six Degrees Yes
2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Yes Episode guest directed:
"Episode #4.269"
2007 The Office Yes Episode directed:
"Cocktails"
2008–2013 Fringe Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (6 episodes), theme music composer
2009 Anatomy of Hope Yes Yes Pilot
2010 Undercovers Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes), director (1 episode), theme music composer
2011–2016 Person of Interest Yes Yes Theme music composer
2012 Alcatraz Yes Yes Theme music composer
Shelter Yes Pilot
Family Guy Guest star; episode:
"Ratings Guy"
2012–2014 Revolution Yes Yes Theme music composer
2013–2014 Almost Human Yes Yes Theme music composer
2014 Believe Yes
2015 Dead People Yes Pilot
2016 11.22.63 Yes Limited series
Roadies Yes
2016–present Westworld Yes
2018 Castle Rock Yes

Music videos

Year Program Credit Notes
2009 "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions" Performer

Theatre

Year Title Credit Notes
2017 The Play That Goes Wrong Producer

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 Razzie Award Worst Screenplay Armageddon Nominated
2002 Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Alias Nominated
2004 PGA Award Best Drama Nominated
2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Lost Won
Directors Guild of America Best Director Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Pilot Won
Outstanding Drama Series Won
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Pilot Nominated
2006 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Won
PGA Award Best Drama Won
Writers Guild of America Dramatic Series Won
2007 Saturn Award Best Director Mission: Impossible III Nominated
BAFTA Award Best International Lost Nominated
PGA Award Best Drama Nominated
Writers Guild of America Dramatic Series Nominated
2008 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2009 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Writers Guild of America Long Form Fringe Nominated
New Series Nominated
2010 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Lost Nominated
Saturn Award Best Director Star Trek Nominated
Empire Awards Best Director Nominated
PGA Award Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Saturn Award Best Director Super 8 Won
Best Writing Nominated
2013 PGA Award Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television Won
2014 Saturn Award Best Director Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated
2016 Best Director Star Wars: The Force Awakens Nominated
Best Writing Won
Empire Awards Best Director Won

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