J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski

Highest Rated: 62% Changeling (2008)

Lowest Rated: 25% Underworld: Awakening (2012)

Birthday: Jul 17, 1954

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, USA

A prolific writer who has written in a variety of mediums, J. Michael Straczynski began his professional career dabbling in stage, radio and spec scripts while working as a newspaperman at the Los Angeles Times in the early 1980s. He landed his first TV gig when one of his scripts was picked up by the people behind the celebrated "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" animated series. From there, he wrote for the female-aimed spin-off series "She-Ra: Princess of Power," the vehicle-heavy "Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors," and the enjoyably spooky "The Real Ghostbusters." After branching out from animation in the late '80s, he was hired to make over the popular but waning amateur-sleuth series "Murder, She Wrote" and increased the show's ratings by moving main character Jessica Fletcher to New York City. He also co-produced 22 episodes of the show. It was this experience and success that allowed him the opportunity to create what would become his signature project, the hugely immersive sci-fi saga "Babylon 5." The hit '90s series had a 110-episode run, including five offshoot TV movies. Straczynski extended the franchise with "Crusade," a suspenseful spin-off series that, like its predecessor, was meant to unfold over a five-year run before it was cut short in its first season. He broke into film writing with the script for Clint Eastwood's wrenching missing-child drama "Changeling" ('08) and continues to work frequently in the comic-book genre.




25% 62% Underworld: Awakening Screenwriter $62.3M 2012
26% 54% Ninja Assassin Screenwriter $38.1M 2009
62% 82% Changeling Screenwriter $35.7M 2008
No Score Yet 56% Babylon 5: The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark Director,
- 2007
No Score Yet 39% Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers Executive Producer,
- 2002
No Score Yet 75% Murder She Wrote: A Story to Die For Writer,
- 2000
No Score Yet 78% Babylon 5: A Call to Arms Executive Producer - 1999
No Score Yet 70% Thirdspace Executive Producer - 1998
No Score Yet 56% Babylon 5: River of Souls Executive Producer - 1998


86% 90% Sense8 Executive Producer 2015 2017-2018
No Score Yet 88% Crusade Writer 1999
No Score Yet 94% Babylon 5 Writer,
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Writer 1993
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Producer 1992
No Score Yet 0% Jake and the Fatman Writer 1990
No Score Yet 100% The Twilight Zone Writer 1988-1989