Sunday, September 21, 2014

J. J. Abrams

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J. J. Abrams
WHO:
Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor and composer, best known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction.
WHAT:
Abrams 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 (2008–2013), Undercovers (2010) and produced the television series Person of Interest (2011–present) and Revolution (2012–2014), among others.

His directorial film work includes two Star Trek films; Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), along with Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Super 8 (2011). He will also direct Star Wars Episode VII (2015), the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Abrams produced the films Cloverfield (2008), Morning Glory (2010), and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). He also played a role in the film Six Degrees of Separation.

Many of the films he has directed or produced are distributed by Paramount Pictures, while his television series were co-produced by either Warner Bros. Television or Touchstone Television. Abrams' frequent creative collaborators include writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, composer Michael Giacchino, cinematographers Daniel Mindel and Larry Fong, and editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey.
WHEN & WHERE:
Jeffrey Jacobs Abrams was born in New York City on June 27, 1966, to the son of television producer Gerald W. Abrams and executive producer Carol Ann Abrams (née Kelvin). His sister is screenwriter Tracy Rosen. Abrams is Jewish. He attended Palisades High School and Sarah Lawrence College.

Later in his life he moved to Los Angeles. He developed an early interest in filmmaking and, during his final year as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, co-wrote the screenplay with Jill Mazursky that would be developed into the comedy Taking Care of Business (1990), starring John Belushi.
OTHER:
  • Abrams is married to public relations executive Katie McGrath and has three children.
  • He resides in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California.
  • 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).


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