US screenwriter, producer, director, and composer. He has worked extensively in both film and television and is responsible for creating some of the early 21st century's most popular television series, including the action adventure series Alias (2001–06), starring Jennifer Garner, and the castaway drama Lost (2004–10). He directed and produced the critically acclaimed blockbusters Star Trek (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the latter of which he also wrote.
He has worked in film since the early 1990s. He wrote and produced the dramas Regarding Henry (1991) and Forever Young (1992), and wrote the screenplay for the science-fiction action film Armageddon (1998). Among his production credits are comedies such as The Pallbearer (1996), horror films such as Cloverfield (2008), and the sci-fi western television series Westworld (2016– ). He co-wrote and directed Mission: Impossible 3 (2006), and wrote, directed, and produced the sci-fi horror Super 8 (2011).
Abrams was born in New York, but grew up in Los Angeles, California, the son of television producer Gerald W Abrams (1939– ). After his grandfather took him on a tour of a Hollywood film studio at the age of eight, he began experimenting with filmmaking, using his family's Super-8 camera. He achieved his first feature film success after his senior year at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, when he wrote a screenplay which was later adapted into the comedy Taking Care of Business (1990). His first major television series was the drama Felicity (1998–2002), about a girl who follows a crush to New York after graduating from high school.