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'''Jeffrey Jacob "J.J." Abrams''' (born June 27, 1966) is a producer, writer, director and creator known for his work on ''Series/{{Felicity}}'', ''Series/{{Alias}}'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'', the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, its sequel ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' and ''Franchise/StarWars:'' ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. He has won several Emmys and Golden Globes during his roughly 20 years in the industry.

Along with Creator/JossWhedon and Creator/ChristopherNolan, he is considered one of the most prolific modern "genre" TV/film creators since Creator/StevenSpielberg, including by Spielberg himself, who produced Abrams' tribute to 70s/80s Spielberg sci-fi, ''Film/{{Super 8}}''.

He likes red balls and playing with the perception of time, as well as having a thing for {{Lens Flare}}s. He hates airplanes (both ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' have had more than one airline-related disaster--and the other stuff on the list of credits also have had aviation-related incidents).

Contrary to popular belief, his involvement in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was marginal: He and eventually Damon Lindelof were asked to help flesh out a concept for the show when ABC chairman Lloyd Braun rejected Jeffrey Lieber's treatment, but by the time the first season started to take off, Abrams had already left to direct ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Lindelof, suddenly left alone with the {{Showrunner}} burden, considered quitting too, but was convinced by former co-writer Carlton Cuse to stay. Cuse then joined the show as a second showrunner. Abrams remained an executive producer, and later briefly returned to write the season 3 premiere together with Lindelof, but as [[WordOfGod he and others stated in numerous interviews]] Lindelof and Cuse ran the show entirely without him.

Has a similar "shepherding" role to most TV series he is involved in, including ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' and ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', With his most hands-on projects being his movies. He also developed the concept for the novel ''[[Literature/SDorst S]]'', which was written by Doug Dorst.

Has the notable distinction of being the only director (so far) tapped to helm ''both'' a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and a ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie.

[[folder:Works he has credit in]]
[[index]]
* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'' (executive producer)
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''
* ''Anatomy of Hope''
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (writer)
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' (producer)
** ''Film/TenCloverfieldLane'' (producer)
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (guest voice, one episode)
* ''Series/{{Felicity}}'' (executive producer)
* ''Forever Young'' (writer)
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' (executive producer and writer)
* ''Film/GoneFishin'' (writer)
* ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'' (guest director, one episode)
* ''Film/JoyRide'' (writer, producer)
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (producer, writer, director)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' (director)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (producer)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' (producer)
* ''Film/MorningGlory'' (producer)
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' (producer)
* ''Regarding Henry'' (writer)
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}''
* ''S.'' (Conceived by Abrams, written by Doug Dorst)
* ''Series/{{Shelter}}''
* ''Six Degrees''
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (director)
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' (director)
** ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' (Writer and Producer)
* ''Star Wars Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' (director, new co-writer with Lawrence Kasdan, after Michael Arndt left the project on October 24th, 2013.)
** ''[[Film/StarWars8 Star Wars Episode VIII]]'' (executive producer)
* ''Film/{{Super 8}}'' (director, writer)
* ''Film/{{Stranger}}'' (unknown project)
* ''Taking Care of Business'' (writer)
* ''The Catch''
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS''
* ''The Pallbearer''
* ''The Suburbans''
* ''Series/{{Undercovers}}''
* ''Series/WhatAboutBrian''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

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!!J.J. Abrams and his works frequently contain examples of:
* ActionGirl: Occurs quite frequently. Alias and Fringe both star iconic women in action roles, Sydney Bristow, Olivia Dunham, and [[Film/TheForceAwakens Rey]] respectively.
* AuthorAppeal: In addition to the aforementioned ActionGirl, lens flares. Both ''Star Trek'' films and ''Super 8'' made extensive use of it and his usage of it is a prime source of parody.
* CreatorThumbprint: His films and shows feature the name "Kelvin," in honor of his grandfather.
* KillAndReplace: Tends to happen at least once per show with regards to a prominent side character, notable in the second seasons of both Alias and Fringe.
* LensFlare: A stylistic trope more prevalent in his movies than his TV shows, with ''Film/StarTrek'' being the biggest offender thus far.
%%* MoodWhiplash
%%* ParentalAbandonment
* MagicRealism: ''Alias'', ''Felicity'', and ''Lost'' all have elements of this. ''Lost'' is probably the best example.
* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfDistance: His recent forays into space opera have shown that he has serious issues grasping the scale of interplanetary and interstellar distances. ''Film/StarTrek'' and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' both contain egregious examples of this trope but ''Star Wars Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' takes it UpToEleven.
* TheReveal[=/=]TeasingCreator: His "Mystery Box" concept is built around keeping one element of a project under wraps during marketing so that an audience will keep guessing. After ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' took this approach with [[spoiler:Khan]], a backlash started to emerge against it.
%%* TooHappyToLive
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