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Jeffrey Jacob Abrams, commonly known as J. J. Abrams, is a famous American film and television producer, director, screenwriter, as well as an actor. J. J. Abrams rose to prominence in 1998, when he co-created a popular drama series entitled “Felicity”, which is considered to be among the “Best School Shows of All Time”. After that, he contributed to the creation of “Lost”, starring Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly and Jorge Garcia, which proved to be an instantaneous success, with more than 16 million viewers per every episode. As a director, J. J. Abrams worked on “Star Trek into Darkness”, which grossed more than $467 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing film in the “Star Trek” series. Aside from that, he directed “Mission: Impossible III” starring Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Super 8”, and is currently working on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which is scheduled to be released in 2015. For his contributions to film and television industry, J. J. Abrams has been rewarded with Writers Guild of America Awards, Emmy Awards, and received nominations for PGA Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films awards.

J. J. Abrams Net Worth $95 Million

A well-known director and producer, how rich is J. J. Abrams? According to sources, J. J. Abrams’ net worth is estimated to be $95 million, most of which he has accumulated through his involvement in the film and television industry.

J. J. Abrams was born on June 27, 1966 in New York, United States, but he spent most of his childhood in Los Angeles. He studied at Palisades High School, and later enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. Abrams grew up in a family of producers and screenwriters, which undoubtedly shaped his future career options. His interest in film-making started when he was a teenager, and it grew by the time he went to college. While he was at Sarah Lawrence College, Abrams co-wrote a film treatment, later acquired by “Touchstone Pictures” company, which was turned into a comedy film starring James Belushi, Loryn Locklin and Charles Grodin called “Taking Care of Business”. Following the success of his very first film, Abrams came out with a drama entitled “Regarding Henry”, in which the main characters were played by Harrison Ford and Annette Bening. In 1998, he wrote the screenplay for “Armageddon”, which was directed and co-produced by Michael Bay. A box office success worldwide, “Armageddon” significantly contributed to the overall popularity of its main stars. In the same year, J. J. Abrams made a television debut with “Felicity”, which granted him even more public exposure. He received his first award in 2005, for working on “Lost”, and since then has made a name for himself in the industry.

Currently, Abrams is working on the release of an action spy film entitled “Mission: Impossible 5” with Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner, and “Star Trek 3”, where he is serving as the producer.

In regards to his personal life, J. J. Abrams is married to Katie McGrath, with whom he has three children.

Quick Facts

Birth date: June 27, 1966
Birth place: New York, United States,
Profession:Film director, producer, screenwriter, composer
Education:Sarah Lawrence College, Palisades Charter High School,
Nationality:American
Spouse:Katie McGrath (m. 1996)
Parents:Gerald W. Abrams, Carol Abrams,
Awards:Writers Guild of America Awards, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2004), Emmy Awards (2005), ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2006), Saturn Award (2012), Empire Awards (2016)
Nominations:PGA Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films awards
Movies:“Mission: Impossible 5”, “Felicity”, "Lost', “Regarding Henry”, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), "Star Trek" (2009), Forever Young (1992), Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Has cited Steven Spielberg has his hero.
2The action scenes in his movies often focus on debris flying violently through the air or space (e.g. the opening scene of Lost (2004); the scenes in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) where starships are under heavy attack; and the train accident and finale of Super 8 (2011)).
3Frequently uses the name Kelvin in his movies, which was the name of his grandfather. Examples: the character Kelvin Inman from Lost (2004); the postcard addressed to H. Kelvin from Mission: Impossible III (2006); the USS Kelvin from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Kelvin Gasoline from Super 8 (2011) and a location named "Kelvin Ridge" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
4Has had the visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic fix his overuse of lens flares, by removing them in post-production.
5Is the first director to have directed both a Star Trek film and a Star Wars film.
6Is an avid fan of Downton Abbey (2010) and has visited the set in Ealing Studios.
7Is a huge fan of The Twilight Zone (1959), with his favorite episode being The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance (1959).
8In 2011, during an interview on the NPR program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross", writer/director Abrams told a story about getting to attend a very early rough-cut screening of Escape from New York (1981) with his father, producer Gerald W. Abrams (who knew that his then-15-year-old son was a huge fan of John Carpenter). Abrams told Gross that during the discussion afterward, Gerald suggested cutting an opening sequence in which Snake tries to rob a bank and is caught, on the principle that Snake seems like a more imposing, mythic, tougher character if you don't see him defeated right away. Young J.J. suggested making it clearer that Adrienne Barbeau's character Maggie dies at the end. Both suggestions were followed in the final cut: the opening scene was deleted, and a shot was added showing Maggie's body.
9Lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
10Best friends with Greg Grunberg. They have known each other since they were children and he frequently casts Grunberg in his films and television series.
11Is a fan of Howard Stern, who is also a fan of of Abrams' work (particularly Lost (2004) and Star Trek (2009)) and personally called Artie Lange through his agent to congratulate him on his being hired to replace Jackie Martling ("The Joke Man") as a sidekick in 2002. Also gave Stern's daughters a tour of the set of Felicity (1998).
12He has been involved with several projects that advance the social theory called the "Milgram Small World Phenomenon", named after social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who conducted acquaintance path experiments. John Guare's play "Six Degrees of Separation" (and its film adaptation Six Degrees of Separation (1993)) is in large part responsible for introducing to popular culture at large the notion that everyone in the world is separated by only six other people (Abrams had a small acting role in the film version). Abrams went on to produce Six Degrees (2006), a television series with a premise predicated on this theory, and Lost (2004), a television series in which seemingly unconnected and disparate characters often end up having hidden or unknown links to each other.
13In 2007, Forbes magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $17 million.
14Ranked #29 on Entertainment Weekly magazine's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood (2007).
15Is one of 115 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2007.
16Sold his script for Forever Young (1992) for $2 million.
17He had discussed wanting to be more involved in the third season of Lost (2004) (intermittently with his film schedule) because he had not been directly involved in the series since the sixth episode of the first season.
18His debut film Mission: Impossible III (2006) was the most expensive film ever made by a first-time director until Tron: Legacy (2010), directed by Joseph Kosinski, which cost nearly $20 million more than MI3.
19Has three children with wife Katie McGrath: Henry (born 1998), Gracie (born 1999) and August (born January 11, 2006).
20Named one of Fade In magazine's "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know" (2005).
21While he was writing scripts in college, he used the Alvin Sargent screenplay to Ordinary People (1980) as a guide.
22He says he got the job directing Mission: Impossible III (2006) after Tom Cruise watched early episodes of Alias (2001) on DVD and loved them. The two started hanging out together and Cruise offered him the job.
23Gave Alias (2001) star Jennifer Garner a pink bicycle for her birthday. She would often greet the production crew by ringing the bells on the bike's handlebars.
24Attended and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York (1988).
25Son of Gerald W. Abrams.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Crashing vehicles on purpose: Vehicles are often deliberately crashed in his movies/television series: Oceanic Flight 815 plane crash on Lost (2004) caused by Jacob and indirectly by Desmond Hume; Dr. Thomas Woodward deliberately crashes his truck into an oncoming train to derail it in Super 8 (2011); George Kirk crashes the USS Kelvin into the Romulan vessel Narada to save the lives of his crew members, young James T. Kirk crashes his stepfather's Corvette on purpose, Spock crashes Spock Prime's ship Jellyfish into the Narada to cripple it in Star Trek (2009); Khan tries to deliberately crash the USS Vengeance into Starfleet Headquarters, fails to do so and levels Alcatraz and many buildings in future San Francisco in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
2Often incorporates the number 47 into the story/plot.
3Powerful use of spotlights and lens flares.
4Is very secretive about the plotlines of his projects
5Frequent references to "Slusho", a fake frozen drink
6Will sometimes go out of his way to add lens flares in his shots, often having people stand off camera pointing lights at it
7His work often includes plotlines in which pregnant women get kidnapped by mysterious people or groups who eventually turn out to be trying to help the woman and/or her pregnancy--for example, Alias (2001), Lost (2004), Fringe (2008).
8Frequently casts Greg Grunberg and Amanda Foreman.
9Usually includes a party scene early in the series/movie with young adults mixing and mingling.
10Often makes references to elements of the original Star Trek (1966) series
11Often uses music by Michael Giacchino
12[Cold opening] A suspenseful sequence prior to the opening credits used to pull the audience directly into the story (Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009)).
13Often includes a subplot about a box with mysterious contents
14High-tech, action-packed entertainment


Quotes

#Quote
1[on Harrison Ford getting injured during the filming of Star Wars VII] When I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn't work at all," "It was much more contentious. I didn't direct it right. It was set up all wrong, and when Harrison Ford got injured - which was a very scary day - we ended up having a few weeks off, and it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rewrite quite a bit of that relationship. So when we came back to work again, we actually just reshot from the ground up, those scenes. It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be.
2There's nothing wrong with doing sequels, they're just easier to sell.
3I think when you're 10 years old, it's too much to see something with the threat of death in every episode. Kids are better left naive about certain things.
4Star Trek (1966) was always a little bit closed emotionally. I never connected to the characters.
5One of my favourite things about Star Trek (1966) wasn't just the overt banter but the humour in that show about the relationships between the main characters and their reactions to the situations they would face; there was a lot of comedy in that show without ever breaking its reality.
6I have no style. There are certain people who just have a visual sense that defines their work. You could probably watch 30 seconds of anything they do and you'll know exactly who directed it. I don't have that skill.
7When I was a kid going into the movies, you weren't force-fed information everywhere you looked about what the movie was going to be.
8What I'm still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, having come from television.
9You know, we've got to this place, where you go to a movie for one particular surgical fix. So it's like, I want the pulse-pounding action, or the insane falling-off-my-seat comedy, or the devastating, heartbreaking drama.
10When you go to commercial, you want something to call the viewers back, and if you don't have a decent act out, the audience probably won't be there in the numbers you want when the show returns.
11My work isn't any more important than anything else in the family.
12I mean, my dad's a television producer, and I knew I could get a job as an assistant or a reader with one of his friends, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted to do.
13I was never really a comic-book fanatic.
14I'm a fast writer.
15We live in an age of instant knowledge. And there's almost a sense of entitlement to that.
16I've never done Twitter.
17I'd love to do a movie where the monster is human, where the issue is not otherworldly, or horror or science fiction.
18With three kids you are just trying to survive. You can't be fastidious.
19I feel like obviously the standard for what television looks like changes all the time.
20I have nothing against 3-D in theory. But I've also never run to the movies because something's in 3-D.
21I try to work on shows that I would want to watch.
22I love recording music.
23Obviously with the Internet and increased access to other means of watching shows, the audience has dispersed and is all over the place and that is a challenge.
24Ratings have changed, viewer habits have changed and the options for the audience have grown enormously, but I don't think how you tell a story is fundamentally different.
25I find that it's hard to fully examine one's life and not have faith be part of the discussion.
26I'm literally open to any medium that will have me.
27Making movies was more a reaction to not being chosen for sports. Other kids were out there playing at whatever; I was off making something blow up and filming it, or making a mould of my sister's head using alginating plaster.
28Stories in which the destruction of society occurs are explorations of social fears and issues that filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, painters have been examining for a long time.
29As a director/writer/producer, all you ever want is to work with actors who make you look better, who make the work you do seem as good as it can be and even better than it is.
30I don't try and write strong female characters or strong male characters, I just try and write, hopefully, strong characters and sometimes they happen to be female.
31The Internet now provides an immediate and very clear consensus of what it is that the audience is experiencing. It's something that you should never let lead you, and yet at the same time, you should never ignore it.
32All the times I've been lucky enough to be a part of a show that's actually gotten on the air, it's always that same mixture of excitement and utter fear.
33I love the idea of anthropomorphizing machines. I love the idea of taking technology and giving it a personality.
34The ability of a television series to make adjustments is something you've got to take advantage of.
35I believe in anything that will engage the audience and make the story more effective.
36When there's an authentic mystery, as opposed to just a question being asked, that's what makes you lean forward.
37I hope to make movies that are so small they don't need to make anything to be profitable.
38It's a leap of faith doing any serialised storytelling.
39When you work on something that combines both the spectacular and the relatable, the hyperreal and the real, it suddenly can become supernatural. The hypothetical and the theoretical can become literal.
40I hate to look at the stuff I've written and consider what it means or why I do it.
41I love working with the right actor, and if the right actor happens to be unknown, that should be allowed, too, I think.
42When I was a little kid - and even still - I loved magic tricks. When I saw how movies got made - at least had a glimpse when I went on the Universal Studios tour with my grandfather, I remember feeling like this was another means by which I could do magic.
43The goal is always to do B material in an A fashion.
44I think that even if you're wondering if two characters are ever going to kiss, drawing out the inevitability is part of the fun. Whatever the genre happens to be.
45Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focus that I like.
46Pitching is always a weird, difficult thing.
47When I was a kid, among the other embarrassing things I would do, and there's a list of stupid things, but I would make these dumb comedy tapes. I would often make prank phone calls, but I would also do it with friends.
48I love movies with spectacle but spectacle can be a performance, it doesn't have to be a creature.
49I'm not trying to be coy or manipulative or Machiavellian, I want to spark people's imaginations.
50Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down.
51We're living at a time where if you do a Google search for a "show, review and network", you'll get the New York Times and Pete Billingsley from a town you've never heard of on the same results page. It's kind of democratizing the process so that everyone has access to a distribution system to express themselves.
52You never want to have that ticking clock and know that you had all this time and didn't use it.
53I've had the same friends since I was in kindergarten.
54My mother is the coolest, most amazing person I know.
55Robotics are beginning to cross that line from absolutely primitive motion to motion that resembles animal or human behaviour.
56What's a bigger mystery box than a movie theatre? You go to the theatre, you're just so excited to see anything - the moment the lights go down is often the best part.
57All I know is that I've made some big screw-ups, and I've done some things that have done all right. I just keep trying to learn from the mistakes I've made.
58You can never guess or assume what anyone is going to think.
59I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening.
60I think you have a passion and an obsession for something when it's not necessarily ubiquitous.
61To me the interesting main character is never the one without flaws.
62I don't think I have a signature.
63[on Kodak's new Super 8 camera] While any technology that allows for visual storytelling must be embraced, nothing beats film ... The fact that Kodak is building a brand new Super 8 camera is a dream come true. [2016]
64I actually had to use Industrial Light & Magic to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic. But I think admitting you're an addict is the first step towards recovery.
65Looking back on my childhood, I have a list of things that are massively important to me. Without question, Star Wars was on the list, and Star Trek was not.
66[on producing both Star Trek (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)] There is no meta strategy to this, no Machiavellian plan. It was simply two opportunities to get involved in two disparate film series that are bigger than all of us. I don't feel any kind of Coke vs. Pepsi thing about it. It seems there is enough bandwidth for both of these very different stories to coexist. I feel incredibly lucky to be involved in either of them.
67[on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)] The thing that the great genre filmmaking has always done is taken issues of now and told them through allegory and made them palatable for larger audiences. But, you know, there are themes in the movie that were important to us: the idea of questioning authority, the idea that when the task you're given is morally questionable, what do you do? When protecting others, especially family, means making the ultimate sacrifice, what do you do? When you feel that desperate need for revenge and blood lust, what do you do?
68When I was a kid and saw Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) for the first time, it blew my mind and around the same time, I had friends who were huge fans of Star Trek and I don't know if I was smart enough to get it, or patient enough. What I loved about Star Wars was the visceral energy of it, the clarity of it, the kind of innocence and big heart of it. Star Trek always felt a little bit more sophisticated and philosophical, debating moral dilemmas and things that were theoretically interesting, but for some reason I couldn't get on board. It really took working with all these guys and actually working on Star Trek for me to fall in love with that.
69[on missing writing Felicity (1998)] I miss writing for a show that doesn't have any sort of odd, almost sci-fi bend to it. It was just sort of pure romantic, sweet characters who had crushes on one another and were dealing with which party to go to and if they had a part-time job or not--stuff that was kind of fun to write about.
70There's something about looking at Super 8 films that is so evocative. You could argue it's the resolution of the film somehow because they aren't crystal clear and perfect, so there is a kind of gauzy layer between you and what you see. You could argue it's the silence of them. You could say it's the sound of the projector that creates a moodiness. But there's something about looking at analog movies that's infinitely more powerful than digital.
71I've always liked working on stories that combine people who are relatable with something insane. The most exciting thing for me is crossing that bridge between something we know is real and something that is extraordinary. The thing for me has always been how you cross that bridge.
72I'm an impatient guy and tend not to like to stay with one thing for a long time. I'll never be able to write as many scripts as I did for Felicity (1998) or Alias (2001) ever again. I'm just too impatient these days. I want to get on to the next project.
73Directing's the best part. Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focus that I like. And secondly, it means that you've gotten through all the writing stuff, and the producing stuff, and casting, and prep, and all those stages that are seemingly endless. So directing is sort of the reward for all the work you put in before. And then there's the editing, which is another amazing stage of the process. It's incredible the moments you can create.
74I feel like in telling stories, there are the things the audience thinks are important, and then there are the things that are actually important.
75Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) is probably the most influential film of my generation. It's the personification of good and evil and the way it opened up the world to space adventure, the way westerns had to our parents' generations, left an indelible imprint. So, in a way, everything that any of us does is somehow directly or indirectly affected by the experience of seeing those first three films.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· Lawrence Kasdan
· Michael Arndt
2016AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· Bryan Burk
· Kathleen Kennedy
2016CinemaCon AwardCinemaCon, USAShowman of the Year
2016Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
2015Guinness World RecordGuinness World Record Awardmost viewed movie trailer on YouTube in 24 hoursStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
2015Visionary AwardVisual Effects Society Awards
2013ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesAlcatraz (2012)· Michael Giacchino
2013ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesPerson of Interest (2011)· Ramin Djawadi
2013Hollywood Movie AwardHollywood Film AwardsStar Trek Into Darkness (2013)
2013Lifetime Achievement Award in TelevisionPGA AwardsNorman Lear Achievement Award
2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorSuper 8 (2011)
2010SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest DirectorStar Trek (2009)
2009ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesLost (2004)· Michael Giacchino
2006ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop TV SeriesLost (2004)· Michael Giacchino
2006PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof
· Bryan Burk
· Jack Bender
· Jean Higgins
· Carlton Cuse
2006WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADramatic SeriesLost (2004)· Kim Clements
· Carlton Cuse
· Leonard Dick
· Paul Dini
· Brent Fletcher
· David Fury
· Drew Goddard
· Javier Grillo-Marxuach
· Adam Horowitz
· Jennifer Johnson
· Christina M. Kim
· Edward Kitsis
· Jeffrey Lieber
· Damon Lindelof
· Lynne E. Litt
· Monica Macer
· Steven Maeda
· Elizabeth Sarnoff
· Janet Tamaro
· Christian Taylor
· Craig Wright
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesLost (2004)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof (executive producer)
· Bryan Burk (executive producer)
· Carlton Cuse (executive producer)
· Jack Bender (executive producer)
· David Fury (co-executive producer)
· Jesse Alexander (co-executive producer)
· Javier Grillo-Marxuach (supervising producer)
· Sarah Caplan (producer)
· Leonard Dick (producer)
· Jean Higgins (produced by)
2005ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop TV SeriesLost (2004)· Michael Giacchino
2005Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Episode of the YearLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof (writer)
· Jeffrey Lieber (writer)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
2016Cinema Bloggers AwardCinema Bloggers Awards, PortugalBest North American FilmStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· Kathleen Kennedy
· Bryan Burk
2016HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· Lawrence Kasdan (writer)
· Michael Arndt (writer)
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· Bryan Burk
· Kathleen Kennedy
2015Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
2015Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Adapted ScreenplayStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)· Lawrence Kasdan
· Michael Arndt
2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorStar Trek Into Darkness (2013)
2013HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Short FormFringe (2008)· Joe Chappelle (director)
· Roberto Orci (writer)
· Alex Kurtzman (writer)
· Akiva Goldsman (writer)
· J.H. Wyman (writer)
· Jeff Pinkner (writer)
2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingSuper 8 (2011)
2012SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest DirectorSuper 8 (2011)
2011Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearSuper 8 (2011)
2011Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorSuper 8 (2011)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof (executive producer)
· Carlton Cuse (executive producer)
· Edward Kitsis (executive producer)
· Adam Horowitz (executive producer)
· Elizabeth Sarnoff (executive producer)
· Jack Bender (executive producer)
· Bryan Burk (executive producer)
· Jean Higgins (executive producer)
· Paul Zbyszewski (co-executive producer)
· Melinda Hsu Taylor (producer)
· Ra'uf Glasgow (producer)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorStar Trek (2009)
2010Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorStar Trek (2009)
2010HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormStar Trek (2009)· Roberto Orci (screenplay)
· Alex Kurtzman (screenplay)
2010PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesStar Trek (2009)· Damon Lindelof
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLost (2004)· Jack Bender (executive producer)
· Bryan Burk (executive producer)
· Carlton Cuse (executive producer)
· Adam Horowitz (executive producer)
· Edward Kitsis (executive producer)
· Damon Lindelof (executive producer)
· Jean Higgins (co-executive producer)
· Elizabeth Sarnoff (co-executive producer)
· Stephen Williams (co-executive producer)
· Paul Zbyszewski (supervising producer)
· Patricia Churchill (producer)
· Ra'uf Glasgow (producer)
· Brian K. Vaughan (producer)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureStar Trek (2009)· Damon Lindelof (producer)
2009Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearStar Trek (2009)
2009WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USANew SeriesFringe (2008)· Jason Cahill
· Julia Cho
· David H. Goodman
· Felicia D. Henderson
· Brad Kane
· Alex Kurtzman
· Darin Morgan
· J.R. Orci
· Roberto Orci
· Jeff Pinkner
· Zack Whedon
2009WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USALong Form - OriginalFringe (2008)· Alex Kurtzman
· Roberto Orci
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof (executive producer)
· Carlton Cuse (executive producer)
· Bryan Burk (executive producer)
· Jack Bender (executive producer)
· Edward Kitsis (co-executive producer)
· Adam Horowitz (co-executive producer)
· Drew Goddard (co-executive producer)
· Stephen Williams (co-executive producer)
· Jean Higgins (co-executive producer)
· Elizabeth Sarnoff (supervising producer)
· Patricia Churchill (producer)
· Ra'uf Glasgow (producer)
2007BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest InternationalLost (2004)· Carlton Cuse
· Damon Lindelof
· Jack Bender
2007Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorMission: Impossible III (2006)
2007PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof
· Carlton Cuse
· Bryan Burk
· Jack Bender
· Jean Higgins
· Edward Kitsis
· Adam Horowitz
· Elizabeth Sarnoff
2007WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADramatic SeriesLost (2004)· Monica Breen
· Carlton Cuse
· Leonard Dick
· Drew Goddard
· Javier Grillo-Marxuach
· Adam Horowitz
· Dawn Lambertsen-Kelly
· Christina M. Kim
· Edward Kitsis
· Damon Lindelof
· Steven Maeda
· Jeff Pinkner
· Matt Ragghianti
· Elizabeth Sarnoff
· Alison Schapker
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof (teleplay by/story by)
· Jeffrey Lieber (story by)
2005DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - NightLost (2004)
2005HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Short FormLost (2004)· Damon Lindelof (story/teleplay)
· Jeffrey Lieber (story)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest New Theme Song in a Series, Motion Picture or MiniseriesLost (2004)
2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaAlias (2001)· John Eisendrath
· Ken Olin
· Sarah Caplan
2004Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest TV PresentationLost (2004)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesAlias (2001)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesAlias (2001)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction in a Drama SeriesAlias (2001)· Ken Olin
· Lawrence Trilling
· Jack Bender
· Daniel Attias
· Perry Lang
· Harry Winer
· Mikael Salomon
· Barnet Kellman
· Thomas J. Wright
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesAlias (2001)· Jeff Pinkner
· Jesse Alexander
· Roberto Orci
· Alex Kurtzman
· Debra J. Fisher
· Erica Messer
· Daniel Arkin
· Vanessa Taylor
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest New Theme Song in a SeriesAlias (2001)
1999Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayArmageddon (1998)· Jonathan Hensleigh

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest MovieStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
2005Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest TV PresentationLost (2004)


Filmography

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
M:I 6 - Mission Impossible2018producer pre-production
Kolma2018producer announced
Star Wars: Episode VIII2017executive producer post-production
God Particle2017producer post-production
Half-Lifeproducer announced
Portalproducer announced
Untitled Star Trek Sequelproducer announced
Westworld2016TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Roadies2016TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Star Trek Beyond2016producer
Person of Interest2011-2016TV Series executive producer - 103 episodes
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Moon Shot2016TV Series documentary executive producer - 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane2016producer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015producer
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation2015producer
Dead People2015TV Movie executive producer
Believe2014TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Revolution2012-2014TV Series executive producer - 37 episodes
Almost Human2013-2014TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Infinitely Polar Bear2014executive producer
Kre-O Star Trek2013Short producer
Star Trek Into Darkness2013producer
Fringe2008-2013TV Series executive producer - 100 episodes
Alcatraz2012TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Undercovers2010-2012TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Shelter2012TV Movie executive producer
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol2011producer
Super 82011producer
Morning Glory2010producer
Lost2004-2010TV Series executive producer - 115 episodes
The People Speak2009Documentary co-producer
Star Trek: D·A·C2009Video Game executive producer: Bad Robot Interactive - as Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
Star Trek2009producer
Anatomy of Hope2009TV Movie executive producer
Lost: Missing Pieces2007-2008TV Mini-Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Cloverfield2008producer
Six Degrees2006-2007TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
What About Brian2006-2007TV Series executive producer - 24 episodes
Alias2001-2006TV Series executive producer - 105 episodes
The Catch2005TV Movie executive producer
The Animated Alias: Tribunal2004Video short executive producer
Felicity1998-2002TV Series executive producer - 84 episodes
Joy Ride2001producer
The Suburbans1999producer
The Pallbearer1996producer - as Jeffrey Abrams
Forever Young1992executive producer - as Jeffrey Abrams
Regarding Henry1991co-producer - as Jeffrey Abrams

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015written by
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill2014Video based on the characters created by
FringeTV Series created by - 100 episodes, 2008 - 2013 written by - 6 episodes, 2008 - 2009
UndercoversTV Series created by - 13 episodes, 2010 - 2012 written by - 3 episodes, 2010
Super 82011written by
Lost - Epilogue: The New Man in Charge2010TV Movie creator
LostTV Series created by - 117 episodes, 2004 - 2010 teleplay by - 3 episodes, 2004 - 2006 story by - 2 episodes, 2004
Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead2008Video characters
Lost: Via Domus2008Video Game creator
Lost: Missing Pieces2008TV Mini-Series teleplay - 1 episode
AliasTV Series created by - 105 episodes, 2001 - 2006 written by - 13 episodes, 2001 - 2005
Mission: Impossible III2006written by
The Catch2005TV Movie creator
Alias2004Video Game creator
FelicityTV Series created by - 84 episodes, 1998 - 2002 written by - 17 episodes, 1998 - 2001
Joy Ride2001written by
Armageddon1998screenplay
Gone Fishin'1997written by - as Jeffrey Abrams
Forever Young1992written by - as Jeffrey Abrams
Regarding Henry1991written by - as Jeffrey Abrams
Taking Care of Business1990written by - as Jeffrey Abrams

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Person of Interest2011-2016TV Series composer - 98 episodes
Almost Human2013-2014TV Series composer - 11 episodes
FringeTV Series composer - 49 episodes, 2008 - 2012 main title theme by - 22 episodes, 2010 - 2013
RevolutionTV Series composer - 6 episodes, 2012 main title theme - 3 episodes, 2012
Alcatraz2012TV Series composer - 8 episodes
Alias2001-2006TV Series composer - 105 episodes
Felicity1998-2002TV Series composer - 85 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015writer: "Jabba Flow", "Dobra Doompa"
Star Trek Into Darkness2013writer: "The Growl"
FringeTV Series writer - 100 episodes, 2008 - 2013 performer - 37 episodes, 2008 - 2013
Alcatraz2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lost - Epilogue: The New Man in Charge2010TV Movie writer: "Main Title"
Lost2004-2010TV Series writer - 117 episodes
AliasTV Series writer - 99 episodes, 2001 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2002
Mission: Impossible III2006performer: "Song 5000", "Groksploitation" / writer: "Song 5000", "Groksploitation"
Felicity1998TV Series writer: Theme Song - as Jeffrey Abrams

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015
Star Trek Into Darkness2013
Super 82011
Undercovers2010TV Series 1 episode
Star Trek2009
Anatomy of Hope2009TV Movie
The Office2007TV Series 1 episode
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV Series guest director - 1 episode
Mission: Impossible III2006
Alias2001-2005TV Series 5 episodes
Lost2004TV Series 2 episodes
Felicity1999TV Series 2 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live2015TV SeriesJ.J. Abrams (segment "Star Wars Auditions")
Family Guy2012TV SeriesJ.J. Abrams
Comic Book: The Movie2004VideoJ.J. Abrams (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Alias2001TV SeriesMan on the phone saying "Joey's Pizza"
The Suburbans1999Rock Journalist
Diabolique1996Video Photographer #2 (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Six Degrees of Separation1993Doug (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Regarding Henry1991Delivery Boy (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Taking Care of Business1990Airplane Passenger (uncredited)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Future Shock1994segment "Mr. Petrified Forrest"
Nightbeast1982as Jeffrey Abrams

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mission: Impossible III2006digital artist: ILM

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightbeast1982sound effects - as Jeffrey Abrams

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shrek2001propellerhead: Los Angeles pre-production - as Jeffrey Abrams

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janie2016Short special thanks completed
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst2015TV Mini-Series documentary special thanks - 6 episodes
A Most Violent Year2014special thanks
Paranormal Movie2013very special thanks
Wrong Cops2013the producers wish to thank
Broken Glass2012Short special thanks
Rusted Pyre2011Short thanks
Margin Call2011special thanks
All Good Things2010special thanks
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World2010special thanks
Lost: The Final Journey2010TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost: Final Chapter2010TV Movie special thanks
Catfish2010Documentary special thanks
Star Trek: Aliens2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: A New Vision2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Ben Burtt & the Sounds of Star Trek2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Casting2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Gene Rodenberry's Vision2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Planets2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Props & Costumes2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Score2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: Starships2009Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek: The Gag Reel2009Video short special thanks
Star Trek: To Boldly Go2009Video documentary short special thanks
Behind the Real Science of 'Fringe Season 1'2009Video short special thanks
Evolution: The Genesis of 'Fringe Season 1'2009Video short special thanks
Lost: A Journey in Time2009TV Movie special thanks
Lost: Destiny Calls2009TV Movie special thanks
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II2007TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed2007TV Movie documentary special thanks
We Own the Night2007thanks
Lost: The Answers2007TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost Survivor Guide2007TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost: A Tale of Survival2006TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost: Reckoning2006TV Movie special thanks
Lost: Revelation2006TV Movie special thanks
Lost: The Journey2005TV Movie special thanks
Capturing the Friedmans2003Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Alien Paradox2009Video documentary shortHimself
Scream Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself
DeLuxe2009TV SeriesHimself
Go' morgen Danmark2009TV SeriesHimself - Director
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star2008TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2008TV SeriesHimself
TEDTalks2008TV SeriesHimself
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Blood, Boobs & Beast2007DocumentaryHimself
M:I-3 Countdown Begins2006Video documentary shortHimself
M:I-3 Designing the Mission2006Video documentary shortHimself
M:I-3 Evolution of a Blockbuster2006Video documentary shortHimself
M:I-3 Launching the Mission2006Video documentary shortHimself
M:I-3 Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise/JJ Abrams2006Video shortHimself
M:I-3 the Hunt Is On2006Video documentary shortHimself
Secrets from the Hatch2006Video documentary shortHimself - Executive Producer / Co-Creator
Lost: 2005 PaleyFest2006VideoHimself - Panelist
HypaSpace2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Catering Impossible: M:i:III2006TV MovieHimself
Mission: Remarkable - 40 Years of Creating the Impossible2006Video documentary shortHimself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHimself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
Driven2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Alias Ricky Gervais2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
MuchOnDemand1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
50 Years of Star Trek2016TV MovieHimself - Producer of Star Trek Beyond
Conan2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Special Appearance
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams2016TV MovieHimself
The Making of '10 Cloverfield Lane'2016Video documentary shortHimself
For the Love of Spock2016DocumentaryHimself
2016 MTV Movie Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight2016Video documentary shortHimself
ILM: The Visual Magic of 'The Force Awakens'2016Video documentary shortHimself
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens: The Story Awakens - The Table Read2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Force Awakens: Building BB-82016Video documentary shortHimself
The Force Awakens: Crafting Creatures2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Force Awakens: Inside the Armory2016Video documentary shortHimself
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey2016DocumentaryHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Made in Hollywood2011-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Insider2015TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2011-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Unfiltered with Renee Young2015TV SeriesHimself
Rogue Nation: Cruise Control2015Video shortHimself
Rogue Nation: Cruising Altitude2015Video shortHimself
Rogue Nation: Lighting the Fuse2015Video shortHimself
Rogue Nation: The Missions Continue2015Video shortHimself
60 Minutes2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Film Director (segment "The New Force Behind Star Wars")
Weekend Ticket2015TV Series shortHimself
Rotten Tomatoes2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Director
Star Wars: Launch Bay - Meet the Makers2015Documentary shortHimself
The British Academy Britannia Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
IMDb on the Scene2015TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Magic History of Cinema2015DocumentaryHimself
13th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Star Wars: Greatest Moments2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2007-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV SeriesHimself
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show2014DocumentaryHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Aliens Encountered2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Attack on Starfleet2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Brawl by the Bay2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Continuing the Mission2013Video shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Creating the Red Planet2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Down with the Ship2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Fitting the Future2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Introducing the Villain2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Kirk and Spock2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: National Ignition Facility2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Property of Starfleet2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Rebuilding the Enterprise2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Safety First2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Ship to Ship2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: The Enemy of My Enemy2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: The Klingon Home World2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: The Sound of Music and FX2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek into Darkness: The Voyage Begins... Again2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Unlocking the Cut2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek into Darkness: Vengeance is Coming2013Video documentary shortHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness: Visual Affection2013Video documentary shortHimself
Días de cine2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2008-2013TV SeriesHimself
Alaska y Mario2013TV SeriesHimself
Hello! Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe2013TV MovieHimself
Evening Urgant2013TV SeriesHimself
The Culture Show2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Star Trek Into Darkness Special2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
Ghost Protocol: Mission Accepted2012Video documentaryHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself
The Unauthorized Documentary, Hangover Part II2011DocumentaryHimself
Scream Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Janela Indiscreta2011TV SeriesHimself
Super 8 35mm Special2011TV MovieHimself
Charlie Rose2006-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Writer / Director, Super 8
2011 MTV Movie Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Hollywood's Top Ten2011TV SeriesHimself
2011 Writers Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold2011DocumentaryHimself
Trek Nation2010DocumentaryHimself
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Xposé2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Star Trek: The Gag Reel2009Video shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Star Wars Show2016TV Series shortHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2012TV Series documentaryHimself
L'enigma Ventdelpl2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

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