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Also Known As: Jj Abrams, Jeffrey Jacob Abrams, Jeffrey Abrams Died:
Born: June 27, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, TV series creator, director, actor

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An inventive screenwriter and television producer who transformed himself into a feature film director, J.J. Abrams created some of television's most watched shows while simultaneously making huge blockbuster movies. Though he had a rather inauspicious start writing the scripts for "Taking Care of Business" (1990) and "Regarding Henry" (1991), Abrams made his first dent in the cultural zeitgeist with the hit drama, "Felicity" (The WB, 1998-2002), which garnered strange controversy surrounding star Keri Russell's decision to cut her famously curly hair. Abrams truly began making his mark with the spy drama, "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), which turned lead Jennifer Garner into a star and helped resurrect a floundering ABC network. He went on to help define cultural phenomenon with "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), a mysterious sci-fi thriller wrapped inside a stirring character drama that attracted a loyal audience, all of whom tried to decipher the previous night's episode. When he left the series during the height of its run, Abrams ventured into feature film directing with the well-received "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). But it was his reboot of the famed franchise "Star Trek" (2009) that launched his...

An inventive screenwriter and television producer who transformed himself into a feature film director, J.J. Abrams created some of television's most watched shows while simultaneously making huge blockbuster movies. Though he had a rather inauspicious start writing the scripts for "Taking Care of Business" (1990) and "Regarding Henry" (1991), Abrams made his first dent in the cultural zeitgeist with the hit drama, "Felicity" (The WB, 1998-2002), which garnered strange controversy surrounding star Keri Russell's decision to cut her famously curly hair. Abrams truly began making his mark with the spy drama, "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), which turned lead Jennifer Garner into a star and helped resurrect a floundering ABC network. He went on to help define cultural phenomenon with "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), a mysterious sci-fi thriller wrapped inside a stirring character drama that attracted a loyal audience, all of whom tried to decipher the previous night's episode. When he left the series during the height of its run, Abrams ventured into feature film directing with the well-received "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). But it was his reboot of the famed franchise "Star Trek" (2009) that launched his blockbuster career in earnest and foretold of even greater things to come, including the announcement in 2013 that he landed the coveted director's job on "Star Wars: Episode VII" (2015), and paid homage to Steven Spielberg with "Super 8" (2011), which audiences and critics hailed as one of Abrams' most engaging efforts in a career already rife with crowd-pleasing entertainment.

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  Super 8 (2011)
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  Star Trek (2009)
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  Mission: Impossible III (2006) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Diabolique (1996) Video Photographer No 2
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 Regarding Henry (1991) Delivery Boy
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 Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek (2002) Interviewee
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Began making Super 8mm movies at age eight
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Met future collaborator Matt Reeves at age 13
1982:
Wrote music for cult director Don Dohler's horror feature "Nightbeast"
1990:
First produced film, "Taking Care of Business" (co-wrote with Jill Mazursky)
1991:
Penned drama feature "Regarding Henry," starring Harrison Ford; also co-produced
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Formed Abrams/Katims/Webster Productions with Jason Katims and Paul Webster
1996:
Produced first film, "The Pallbearer"; directed by future collaborator Matt Reeves
1998:
Co-scripted summer hit "Armageddon"; collaborated with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay
1998:
Co-created (with Reeves) and executive produced drama series "Felicity" (The WB); also directed episodes
1998:
Formed company Bad Robot Productions
2001:
Co-wrote and co-produced thriller "Joy Ride"
2001:
Created and executive-produced ABC spy drama series "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner; also wrote and directed several episodes
2004:
Co-created (with Damon Lindelof) and executive produced ABC ensemble drama "Lost"; also wrote and directed several episodes; earned Golden Globe (2005) nomination for Best Drama
2006:
Made feature directorial debut with "Mission: Impossible III," starring Tom Cruise
2008:
Again collaborated with Matt Reeves, who directed Abrams-produced "Cloverfield"
2008:
Co-created Fox sci-fi thriller series "Fringe"
2009:
Directed an all-new cast in 11th film of "Star Trek" franchise, which explored early days of Kirk and Spock before they unite aboard the USS Enterprise
2011:
Wrote and directed sci-fi feature "Super 8"; also co-produced with Steven Spielberg
2011:
Returned as a producer for "Mission Impossible ¿ Ghost Protocol," starring Tom Cruise and directed by Brad Bird
2013:
Directed and produced big budget sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness"
2013:
Announced as director of highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII"
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Education

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Sarah Lawrence College: Yonkers , New York - 1988

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father:
Gerald Abrams. Producer. Produced over 100 TV-films, including Emmy-nominated "A Family of Spies".

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