J.J. Abrams (Jeffrey Jacob Abrams) was raised in Los Angles but born in New York City to TV producer parents. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler’s Nightbeast and in his senior year, he and Jill Mazursky teamed up to write a feature film, which became Taking Care of Business. Abrams studied film at Sarah Lawrence College. He went on to write and produce Regarding Henry and Forever Young. Along with other Sarah Lawrence alumni, he experimented with computer animation and was contracted to develop pre-production animation for Shrek.1
Abrams worked on the screenplay for Armageddon and co-created (as well as composing the opening theme of) Felicity, which ran for four seasons. He founded the production company Bad Robot in 2001 with Bryan Burk and created and executive-produced Alias and Lost, composing the theme music for both, and co-writing Lost episode. J.J. Abrams made his feature directing debut with Mission: Impossible III‘, reinvigorating the series and he produced the hit mystery film Cloverfield and co-created Fringe.
In 2009, he directed the Star Trek reboot which proved an incredible success with fans and newcomers to the franchise. He next directed Super 8, co-produced by Steven Spielberg, and produced Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He returned to direct the follow-up to his reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness. He initially resisted when Disney and Lucasfilm announced J.J. as their choice for director of the first episode in the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens; Kathleen Kennedy convinced him that his voice would be the best to reinvigorate this franchise, as he had done with two others before. He went on to produced Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Star Trek Beyond, and executive-produced Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. When it was announced that Colin Trevorrow would no longer direct Star Wars: Episode IX, it was announced that J.J. would return to complete the trilogy he started. Today he calls, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, home.