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J.J. Abrams

Highest Rated:   100% For the Love of Spock (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Suburbans (1999)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Star Wars: Episode IX
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2019
No Score Yet M:I 6 - Mission Impossible (Mission: Impossible 6)
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet God Particle
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet Almost Human - An Elephant's Life
  • Executive Producer
2017
92% Tour De Pharmacy
  • Actor
2017
100% For the Love of Spock
  • Actor
2016
84% 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
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Director
$936.7M 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
  • Producer
$155M 2015
79% Infinitely Polar Bear
  • Executive Producer
2015
67% Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Earthquake
  • Producer
2014
86% Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Producer
  • Director
$228.8M 2013
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Producer
$209.4M 2011
82% Super 8
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$127M 2011
57% Morning Glory
  • Producer
$31M 2010
94% Star Trek
  • Director
  • Producer
$257.8M 2009
77% Cloverfield
  • Producer
$80M 2008
No Score Yet Blood, Boobs & Beast
  • Actor
2007
70% Mission: Impossible III
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$133.4M 2006
73% Joy Ride
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$21.3M 2001
0% The Suburbans
  • Rock Journalist
1999
39% Armageddon
  • Screenwriter
1998
4% Gone Fishin'
  • Screenwriter
$19.8M 1997
45% The Pallbearer
  • Producer
1996
12% Diabolique
  • Video Photographer
1996
88% Six Degrees of Separation
  • Doug
1993
53% Forever Young
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1992
44% Regarding Henry
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Delivery Boy
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • 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
35% Roadies
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
88% Westworld
2015
  • 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 Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet 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
69% 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
92% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Creator
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
58% Alcatraz
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2012
36% Undercovers
2010
  • Co-creator
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
87% 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 The Office
2005-2013
  • Director
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Creator
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet 11/23/63
2015
  • Producer
No Score Yet Alcatra
  • Producer
No Score Yet Castle Rock
2018
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011
  • Executive Producer

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