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J.J. Abrams Biography

Birth Name:
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Screenwriter, producer, director

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)


  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner


  • Gracie Abrams -- Daughter
  • Carol Abrams -- Mother
  • August Abrams -- Son
  • Henry Abrams -- Son
  • Katie McGrath -- Wife