J. Michael Straczynski

A prolific writer who has written in a variety of mediums, J. Michael Straczynski began his professional career dabbling in stage, radio and spec scripts while working as a newspaperman at the Los Angeles Times in the ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1954

Filmography

Producer (11)

Sense8 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jeremiah 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Co-Producer

Crusade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Babylon 5: A Call to Arms 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The River of Souls: A Babylon 5 Adventure 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Thirdspace: A Babylon 5 Adventure 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Babylon 5: In the Beginning (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Babylon 5: The Gathering (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (9)

World War Z 2013 (Movie)

Screen Story (Story By)

Underworld: Awakening 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thor 2011 (Movie)

(Story By)

Ninja Assassin 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Changeling 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Halloween Door 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Dive (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (4)

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Thor 2011 (Movie)

Townie (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: Harlan Ellison 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guide to Babylon 5 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

A prolific writer who has written in a variety of mediums, J. Michael Straczynski began his professional career dabbling in stage, radio and spec scripts while working as a newspaperman at the Los Angeles Times in the early 1980s. He landed his first TV gig when one of his scripts was picked up by the people behind the celebrated "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" animated series. From there, he wrote for the female-aimed spin-off series "She-Ra: Princess of Power", the vehicle-heavy "Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors", and the enjoyably spooky "The Real Ghostbusters". After branching out from animation in the late '80s, he was hired to make over the popular but waning amateur-sleuth series "Murder, She Wrote" and increased the show's ratings by moving main character Jessica Fletcher to New York City. He also co-produced 22 episodes of the show. It was this experience and success that allowed him the opportunity to create what would become his signature project, the hugely immersive sci-fi saga "Babylon 5". The hit '90s series had a 110-episode run, including five offshoot TV movies. Straczynski extended the franchise with "Crusade", a suspenseful spin-off series that, like its predecessor, was meant to unfold over a five-year run before it was cut short in its first season. He broke into film writing with the script for Clint Eastwood's wrenching missing-child drama "Changeling" ('08) and continues to work frequently in the comic-book genre.

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