J.J. Abrams

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  • Birth Name: Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/27/1966, Cancer
  • Profession: Screenwriter; producer; director
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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).J.J. Abrams 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).
  • J.J. Abrams Relationships:
  • Gracie Abrams - Daughter
  • Carol Abrams - Mother
  • August Abrams - Son
  • Katie McGrath - Wife
  • Henry Abrams - Son
  • Gerald W. Abrams - Father
  • J.J. Abrams Awards:
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Winner
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended University of Paris, Paris, France; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY (BA)

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