J. J. Abrams

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Abrams at the Time 100 Gala in Manhattan, May 4, 2010.
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams

(1966-06-27) June 27, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationFilm and television producer, director, screenwriter, actor and composer.
Spouse(s)Katie McGrath

Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer. He wrote and produced feature films before co-creating the television series Felicity (1998–2002). He also created Alias (2001–2006) and co-created Lost (2004–2010), Fringe (2008–present), and Undercovers (2010). Abrams directed the films Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Star Trek (2009), and produced the film Cloverfield (2008).


Abrams's first job in the movie business started when he was 16 when he wrote music for Don Dohler's film Nightbeast. During his senior year at college, he teamed with Jill Mazursky to write a feature film treatment. Purchased by Touchstone Pictures, the treatment was the basis for Taking Care of Business, Abrams's first produced film, which starred Charles Grodin and Jim Belushi. He followed that up with Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford, and Forever Young, starring Mel Gibson.

Abrams collaborated with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay on the 1998 film, Armageddon. That same year, he made his first foray into television with Felicity, which ran for four seasons on The WB Network, serving as the show's co-creator (with Matt Reeves) and executive producer. Under his production company, Bad Robot, Abrams created and executive-produced ABC's Alias and is co-creator (with Damon Lindelof) and executive producer of Lost. He also served as executive producer of What About Brian and Six Degrees, also on ABC. Abrams directed and wrote the two-part pilot for Lost and remained active producer for the first half of the season. He later co-wrote the teleplay for Lost's third season premiere "A Tale of Two Cities", and continued to participate in creative meetings with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse about the direction and mythology of the show until its finish.[citation needed] He is also one of the creators of the FOX series Fringe.

Abrams at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.

Abrams co-wrote and produced Joy Ride (2001) and wrote an unproduced screenplay for a fifth Superman film in 2002. He made his feature directorial debut in 2006 with Mission: Impossible III, starring Tom Cruise. He also directed the 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek.[1] Abrams is also the producer of the 2008 monster movie, Cloverfield.[2] His partnership with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has grown into the duo producing Star Trek together and while it was speculated that they would be writing and producing an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of novels, they have publicly stated in November 2009, that they were no longer looking at that right now.[3]

Abrams spoke at the TED conference in 2007 and his talk appears online here: http://www.ted.com/speakers/j_j_abrams.html

Abrams composed the opening theme music for Alias, Lost, Fringe, and co-wrote both of the opening theme songs for Felicity. He signed deals with Warner Bros. for new television shows and Paramount Pictures for new films worth around $50 million.

Abrams is featured in the 2009 MTV Movie Awards 1980s-style digital short "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions", with Andy Samberg and Will Ferrell, in which he plays a keyboard solo.

The NBC network picked up Abrams's Undercovers as its first new drama series for the 2010–11 season.[4] However, it was subsequently cancelled by NBC in November 2010. He will be writing and directing Super 8, co-producing with Steven Spielberg; it is expected to be released in 2011.[5]


2012 Untitled Cloverfield Sequel (producer) (announced)


  • Felicity (1998–2002) (co-creator, writer, executive producer, director)
  • Alias (2001–2006) (creator, writer, executive producer, director)
  • Lost (2004–2010) (co-creator, writer, executive producer, director)
  • The Office (2005–present) (guest director)
  • What About Brian (2006–2007) (executive producer)
  • Six Degrees (2006–2007) (executive producer)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2006) (guest director)
  • Fringe (2008–present) (co-creator, writer, executive producer)
  • Anatomy of Hope (2009) (executive producer, writer, director)
  • Undercovers (2010) (co-creator, executive producer, writer, director)[8]
  • Alcatraz (Announced - Pilot by Fox) [9]


  • 2002 Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series (Alias)[10]
  • 2005 Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Drama Series (Lost)[10]
  • 2005 Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Directing for A Drama Series (Lost)[10]
  • 2005 Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series (Lost)[10]
  • 2006 Golden Globe Award Winner, Best Television Series — Drama (Lost)
  • 2007 Golden Globe Award Nomination, Best Television Series — Drama (Lost)
  • 2006 Writers Guild of America Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Series (Lost season 1)[11]

Personal life

Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Abrams is the son of television producer Gerald W. Abrams and executive producer Carol. He is Jewish.[12] He attended Sarah Lawrence College. Abrams is married to Katie McGrath and has three children, two sons August and Henry and a daughter Gracie.[13][14] He resides in Pacific Palisades, California.[15][16]


  1. ^ J.J. Abrams on 'Cloverfield' Sequel, "We're Working on Something"
  2. ^ J.J. Abrams Talks Cloverfield Sequel
  3. ^ "J. J. Abrams on Star Trek and Cloverfield 2". Comingsoon.net. February 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  4. ^ "NBC Picks Up New J.J. Abrams Drama Series". TVGuide.com.
  5. ^ a b Pamela McClintock (May 6, 2010). "Abrams, Spielberg confirmed for 'Super 8'". Variety. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Tatiana Siegel (2009-03-30). "'Star Trek' sequel on track". Variety. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  7. ^ J.J. Abrams Producing Samurai Jack Movie
  8. ^ EXCLUSIVE: J.J. Abrams Goes Into Warp Speed with Star Trek and Beyond
  9. ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/09/fox-orders-jj-abrams-pilot-alcatraz.html Fox orders J.J. Abrams pilot 'Alcatraz'
  10. ^ a b c d "The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  11. ^ "Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
  12. ^ Danielle Berrin (2009-05-06). "Now It's J.J. Abrams' Turn to 'Trek'". JewishJournal.com. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  13. ^ J.J Abrams Biography
  14. ^ EW Gets the Stories Behind Those Goofy TV Production-Company Logos, The title came to creator J.J. Abrams during a writers' meeting, and he recorded his children, Henry and Gracie (ages 2 and 3), saying the words into his Powerbook's microphone. "That day in the office while editing," says Abrams, "I put together sound effects on my computer, burned a QuickTime movie on a CD, gave it to postproduction, and three days later it was on national television.", issue: December 07, 2001, Entertainment Weekly
  15. ^ Jj Abrams - JJ Abrams, Katie McGrath 4th Annual Pink Party to... - Picture 2072721
  16. ^ Director J.J. Abrams and wife, actress Katie - Media (3 of 46) Movie Premieres: 'Star Trek,' 'Angels, Director J.J. Abrams and wife, actress Katie McGrath, parade on the red carpet as they arrives at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the premiere of the movie "Star Trek" in Los Angeles on April 30, 2009.

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