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Fun Facts Fans May Not Know About J.J. Abrams

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Hollywood’s Wunderkind

A tour de force within Hollywood, J.J. Abrams is known for his skill and prowess when it comes to all things film, from writing and directing to filming and even composing.

Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, 49-year-old Abrams grew up around film, starting his career at a young age and quickly rising to the top of Hollywood studios well before the age of 50.

You may know him for his work on films like Super 8, the new Star Trek films, and, more recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but how much do you know about this man with such a strong influence and multifaceted roles in Hollywood?

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Keep reading to learn some little known facts about J.J. Abrams!

7. Early work on Shrek.

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Shrek had been in production for almost ten years before being released in 2001, and J.J. Abrams was part of the original team put together by film producer, DreamWorks CEO, and former Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994.

6. He didn’t pick his own nickname.

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Born Jeffrey Jacob Abrams, it was his parents who decided to start calling him J.J. At the outset of his career, he tried using the name Jeffrey Abrams before sticking with the initials we’ve come to know and love today.