It is almost impossible to be a sci-fi lover and not be familiar with the name JJ Abrams. He is an award-winning American film and television producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born on June 27, 1966, in New York City. He studied at Palisades High School and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, and spent his spare time writing screenplays.
He had his first film job at the age of 16; he wrote the music for Dohlers film Nightbeast, a feature film The Treatment, which he wrote with Jill Mazursky during his senior year at college, was later purchased by Touchstone Production and used as the basis for his first produced film Taking Care of Business. He has written for several other films including Forever Young and Regarding Henry. He also starred in the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon alongside Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis. Some other famous stars he has worked within Hollywood are Tom Cruise, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Joe Pesci, and Danny Glover.
JJ Abram’s first big shot in the film industry was as a screenwriter for the comedy film Gone Fishin (1997). He has also written, produced or directed successful television series and films such as Lost, Alias, Felicity, Fringe, Person of Interest, Armageddon, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Morning Glory, Super 8, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Westworld, and The Game That Goes Wrong. More recently, he worked on an HBO sci-fi fantasy drama called Demimonde and a television adaptation of Stephen King’s stories, Castle Rock.
In 2001, Abrams founded Bad Robot Productions, a company that produces movies in collaboration with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros Studios. While he is president of the company, he runs it together with his production partner Bryan Burk.
In 2005, Abrams received two Emmy Awards for his television drama series Lost, won for best director in a drama series, and the other for an outstanding drama series. Alias and Lost Screenplays also earned him Emmy nominations. He also received the Saturn Award for Best Director for the film Super 8. The man also received two awards from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
His Family – Father, Wife, Daughter and Other Kids
JJ Abrams was born as the son of a television producer’s father, Gerald W. Abrams, and an executive producer’s mother, Carol Ann Abrams (née Kelvin). It is, therefore, no surprise that he was introduced to the film industry at a fairly young age when he developed an interest in magic and a fascination for special effects.
Abrams grew up in Los Angeles from the age of five and went to his father’s office at Paramount a few days after school to see various television shows in production.
Abrams is married to Katie McGrath, a public relations executive. The couple met at a dinner party in 1994 and entered into the marriage in 1996. They have three children; a daughter named Gracie and two sons named Henry and August.
Despite his busy schedule in Hollywood, the creative entertainer, who is 170 cm (5ft 7in) tall, tries to strike a balance between work and home. His typical daily routine is to take the kids to school in the morning, come home at a decent hour to see them, and resume work at home later in the evening.
To enable him to work effectively from home, Abrams has set up a cutting room and a studio with guitars and synthesizers in his house. Interestingly, Abrams eventually co-opted his wife McGrath for early script editing. She helps him to polish up the relationships between his female characters.
JJ Abrams’ Net Worth
JJ Abrams directed the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which grossed over $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The film received five Oscar nominations and four nominations for the British Academy Film Award.
He is also the author of many books, including S., Schip van Theseus, A Touch of Death, Once Lost, Namesakes, Star Trek: Countdown, Mind Games, and others.
As one of the most famous names in the industry, the versatile entertainer has earned millions of dollars with his creative works with one of Hollywood’s most important franchises. For all his efforts, Abrams has an estimated net worth of $120 million. He has an active interest in politics and has contributed to the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Harry Reid, etc.