J. Michael Straczynski

Fictional Character Creator

1954 –


Who is J. Michael Straczynski?

Joseph Michael Straczynski, known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or jms, is an American writer and producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, radio dramas and other media. Straczynski is a playwright, former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction television series Babylon 5, its spin-off Crusade, as well as Jeremiah, a series loosely based on Hermann Huppen's comics. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season. He also wrote the four Babylon 5 TV movies produced alongside the series. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man.

In 2009, Straczynski was nominated for the BAFTA Award for his screenplay for Changeling.

Straczynski is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums since 1984. He is credited as being the first TV producer to directly engage with fans on the Internet, and allow their viewpoints to influence the look and feel of his show.. Two prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated.

Famous Quotes:

  • The sky was full of stars, and every star an exploding ship.
  • I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind.
  • There is a hole in your mind.
  • When something we value is destroyed, we rebuild it.
  • Babylon 5 is open for business.
  • It was the dawn of the third age of mankind…

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Jul 17, 1954
Also known as
  • JMS
  • Joseph Michael Straczynski
  • Fettes Gray
  • J. Micheal Straczynski
  • Joe Straczynski
  • Joe
  • Atheism
  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's degree, San Diego State University
    Psychology; Philosophy
  • Sociology; Literature
Lived in
  • Paterson
  • Newark
  • Kankakee
  • Dallas
  • Chula Vista
  • San Diego
  • Greater Los Angeles Area

on July 23, 2013


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