Few producers become household names, but J.J. Abrams isn't just any old producer. He not only created the series Felicity, Alias and Lost---he also wrote, directed and even composed music for them. The son of veteran TV producer Gerald W. Abrams, J.J. sold his first screenplay before graduating from college. After a string of films that included Regarding Henry, Forever Young and Armageddon, Abrams turned to the tube in the late '90s. A tireless multitasker, Abrams also began to delve into directing feature films, most notably Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Star Trek (2009).

Fast Facts

  • Got his first taste of show business when, at age 8, he toured Universal Studios with his grandfather. Also at 8, Abrams received a super 8mm camera and began making amateur films.
  • Met Matt Reeves, his collaborator on Felicity, at a student film festival when he was 13.
  • While a senior at Sarah Lawrence College, wrote his first feature-length screenplay, Taking Care of Business (1990) with Jill Mazursky, the daughter of producer-director Paul Mazursky (who produced the film).
  • As Jeffrey Abrams, had small acting roles in the films Regarding Henry (1991), which he also scripted; Diabolique (1996); and Six Degrees of Separation (1993).


  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 2010, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2017, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee


  • Carol Abrams — Mother
  • August Abrams — Son
  • Gerald W. Abrams — Father
  • Gracie Abrams — Daughter
  • Henry Abrams — Son
  • Katie McGrath — Wife


  • Attended University of Paris, Paris, France; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY (BA)

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  • Birth Name: Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Producer, Director

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