J. J. Abrams

Film Director
Born Jun 27, 1966

Jeffrey Jacob "J. J. " Abrams is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer. He is well known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. He wrote and produced feature films before co-creating the television series Felicity (1998–2002).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of J. J. Abrams.


1966 Birth Born on June 27, 1966.


1982 16 Years Old Abrams's first job in the movie business started at 15 when he wrote the music for Don Dohler's 1982 film Nightbeast. … Read More


1994 28 Years Old In 1994, he was part of the "Propellerheads" with Rob Letterman, Loren Soman, and Andy Waisler, a group of Sarah Lawrence alums experimenting with computer animation technology who were contracted by Jeffrey Katzenberg to develop animation for the film Shrek.


1998 32 Years Old Abrams worked on the screenplay for the 1998 film Armageddon with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay. … Read More
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Under his production company, Bad Robot, which he founded with Bryan Burk in 2001, Abrams created and executive-produced ABC's Alias and is co-creator (along with Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber) and executive producer of Lost. … Read More


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In 2006, he served as executive producer of What About Brian and Six Degrees, also on ABC. … Read More
2007 41 Years Old Abrams spoke at the TED conference in 2007.
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In 2008, Abrams produced the monster movie Cloverfield. … Read More
2009 43 Years Old He was featured in the 2009 MTV Movie Awards 1980s-style digital short "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions", with Andy Samberg and Will Ferrell, in which he plays a keyboard solo.
2010 44 Years Old NBC picked up Abrams's Undercovers as its first new drama series for the 2010–11 season. … Read More
2011 45 Years Old He wrote and directed the Paramount science fiction thriller Super 8, while co-producing with Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk; it was released on June 10, 2011.
Abrams directed the sequel to Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, released in May 2013.
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