10 Things You Didn't Know About J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams is by far one of the biggest directors in Hollywood churning out quality action films year after year. Once a renowned television director of shows like Alias and Lost, J.J. Abrams has come a long way, going on to direct and produce his very own films. If that's not enough, he's seem to have gotten a hold of every franchise known to man like Mission Impossible, Star Trek and now Star Wars. We exaggerate of course, but the point is: J.J. Abrams is a big-time star of a director/producer and almost everybody knows who he is and what he's done. But with that said, here are 10 things you might not know about him.

1. His father is Gerald W. Abrams, a producer with over 70 credits to his name. Born in 1939, Gerald W. Abrams has been producing televisions movies like James Dean, Jekyll & Hydeand The Mystery of Natalie Wood since the 70's.

2. He's a musician. J.J. Abrams started out working on films at the age of 16 by scoring a film called Nightbeast. While he hasn't seem to made a career of creating film scores, it's said he works very closely with the people he hires to score his films, demonstrating his knowledge music.

3. He gave Jennifer Garner a pink bicycle. While working on his show Alias starring the actress, she would greet the production crew every so often on the bicycle Abrams gave her. It is unknown to us if she rode it all the way to work.

4. He sold his first script in 1992. The film was called Forever Young starring Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis and significantly younger Elijah Wood. The story was about a test pilot in the 1930's that is cryogenically frozen so he doesn't have to see the woman he loves die in a coma.

5. He's a Downton Abbey fan. But then again who isn't? He has even gone as far as to visit the set of the show's production in Ealing Studios, and was reportedly ""shaking and freaking out"" about it, according the show's director.

6. Steven Spielberg is his hero. With movies nearly as big and the immense variety of projects he has produced and directed, this one doesn't come as much of a shock. Though he's still young, J.J. Abrams is well on his way in becoming the next Steven Spielberg.

7. Wanted to be more involved in Lost. Contrary to what many people believe, J.J. Abrams didn't have a lot of involvement in the show, and he only directed one episode: the pilot.After the show's sixth episode, he abandoned the show and was no longer directly involved, though he continued on as an executive producer. In the shows third season, he discussed being more involved, but that never came to be.

8. Ordinary People was his guide to writing screenplays. In college, J.J. Abrams used the script from the film Ordinary People, a family drama that was directed by Robert Redford and starred Donald Sutherland. The writer of the script, Alvin Sargent won an Academy Award for his screenplay.

9. In 1988, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts college in Yonkers, New York. With high academic standards and a select number of students, the college is designed to provide individualized learning and study.

10. He was chosen by Tom Cruise to direct Mission Impossible III. Tom Cruise has watched episodes of Alias and was so impressed, Cruise met with him multiple times and was soon offered the job to direct the third film in the franchise.

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