J.J. Abrams

Highest Rated: 100% Love, Antosha (2019)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Suburbans (1999)
Birthday: Jun 27, 1966
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
A prominent writer/producer of Hollywood features who later went on to make a name for himself as the creator of such popular small-screen hits as Felicity and Alias, J.J. Abrams has managed the rare feat of finding success in the all-too-often mutually exclusive worlds of both film and television. It was at the age of eight that the wide-eyed youth first discovered his love of film while on a Hollywood studio tour with his grandfather, and when the pair returned home, Abrams convinced his father to let him try his hand at filmmaking with the family's Super-8 camera. During the following decade, the young auteur grew increasingly comfortable behind the camera, and he continued to turn out his impressive amateur films at an exhausting rate. Later attending New York's Sarah Lawrence College and teaming with a close friend to pen a feature-film treatment, Abrams got his first taste of success when the screenplay was eventually adapted into the James Belushi comedy Taking Care of Business. In the following years, Abrams' career continued to gain momentum as he penned screenplays for such features as Regarding Henry, Forever Young, and Gone Fishin', and it was during this period that the ambitious screenwriter also began to try his hand at producing. As Abrams subsequently began to branch out by producing features that he had no hand in writing, such as The Pallbearer and The Suburbans, he also continued to write by contributing to the screenplay for Michael Bay's Armageddon. Abrams next made his first foray into television as the writer and creator of the hit television series Felicity -- which also found the tireless Abrams stepping into the director's chair for the first time in his professional career. As the series progressed, he was publicly vocal about his frustrations regarding the limitations of the series, and after joking that the series would be more interesting if the titular character had a secret life as a spy, the seed was planted for his most popular effort to date. Premiering on television in 2001, Abrams' second small-screen effort, Alias, told the story of a beautiful young international spy's efforts to battle the evil Alliance of 12 while attempting to find a balance between her secret and social lives. Not only did Alias immediately connect with television viewers, but it also found Abrams growing increasingly into his own as a writer and director. Three years later, Abrams had yet another hit on his hands as the writer/producer/director of Lost, which had the dubious distinction of being the most expensive television pilot ever produced. A haunting tale of a group of airplane-crash survivors stranded on a mysterious island, Lost stood alongside Desperate Housewives as one of the hits that kept the faltering ABC network afloat, picking up Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. Back in the world of film, fans were no doubt surprised when it was announced that Abrams would be returning to the world of features to direct the eagerly anticipated action sequel Mission: Impossible 3, which would serve as his feature-film directorial debut.Abrams would continue writing for TV over the coming years, penning the thriller series Undercovers, and the sci-fi series Fringe. He would also wear various combinations of the writer, producer, and director hats simultaneously for a number of projects, such as the hotly anticipated first-person monster movie Cloverfield in 2008, the massively successful Star Trek in 2009, and the drama/thriller/fantasy movie Super 8 in 2011.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Director Screenwriter 2019
100% Love, Antosha Actor 2019
81% Overlord Producer 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout Producer 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen Actor 2018
20% The Cloverfield Paradox Producer 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi Executive Producer $619.2M 2017
89% Tour De Pharmacy Actor 2017
No Score Yet Almost Human - An Elephant's Life Executive Producer 2017
100% For the Love of Spock Actor 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond Producer $158.9M 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane Producer $59.5M 2016
No Score Yet 50 Years of Star Trek Actor 2016
No Score Yet Secrets of The Force Awakens: Chapter 3 Actor 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Producer Director Screenwriter $936.7M 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Producer $155M 2015
81% Infinitely Polar Bear Executive Producer 2015
67% Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show Actor 2014
No Score Yet Earthquake Producer 2014
84% Star Trek Into Darkness Producer Director $228.8M 2013
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Producer $209.4M 2011
81% Super 8 Producer Screenwriter Director $127M 2011
55% Morning Glory Producer $31M 2010
94% Star Trek Producer Director $257.8M 2009
77% Cloverfield Producer $80M 2008
No Score Yet Blood, Boobs & Beast Actor 2007
70% Mission: Impossible III Director Screenwriter $133.5M 2006
74% Joy Ride Screenwriter Producer $21.3M 2001
0% The Suburbans Rock Journalist 1999
38% Armageddon Screenwriter 1998
4% Gone Fishin' Screenwriter $19.8M 1997
45% The Pallbearer Producer 1996
15% Diabolique Video Photographer 1996
88% Six Degrees of Separation Doug 1993
57% Forever Young Executive Producer Screenwriter 1992
43% Regarding Henry Delivery Boy Screenwriter Producer 1991

TV

CREDIT
87% Castle Rock
2018
Executive Producer
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
86% Westworld
2015
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016-2017
Himself
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
80% 11.22.63
2016
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
34% Roadies
2016
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2015
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
Executive Producer
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Le don
2014
Creator Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
69% Almost Human
2013-2014
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
67% Revolution
2012-2014
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2009
90% Fringe
2008-2013
Creator Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
60% Alcatraz
2012
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2012
36% Undercovers
2010
Co-creator Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer
  • 2010
90% Lost
2004-2010
Creator Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Six Degrees
2006-2007
Executive Producer
  • 2007
  • 2006
89% The Office
2005-2013
Director
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet What About Brian
2006-2007
Executive Producer
  • 2007
  • 2006
89% Alias
2001-2006
Creator Director Screenwriter Executive Producer
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Director Screenwriter Executive Producer
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet 11/23/63
2015
Producer
No Score Yet Alcatra
Producer

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