J. Michael Straczynski Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Education and Net Worth

J. Michael Straczynski Biography

Joseph Michael Straczynski is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is well known as the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998) and its spinoff Crusade (1999), as well as the series Jeremiah (2002–2004), and Sense8 (2015–2018).

J. Michael Straczynski Age

Straczynski was born in Paterson, New Jersey on July 17th, 1954, He is 64 years old as of 2018.

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He was born the son of Charles Straczynski, a manual laborer, and Evelyn Straczynski (mother). He was raised in Newark, New Jersey; Kankakee, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Chula Vista, California. His family religion was Catholic, and he has Polish ancestry. His grandparents lived in the area which today belongs to Belarus, and fled to America from the Russian Revolution; his father was born in the United States and has lived in Poland, Germany, and Russia.

J. Michael Straczynski Wife | Married | Children

Straczynski first met Kathryn M. Drennan while they were both at SDSU. The pair moved to Los Angeles in 1981, married in 1983 and later separated in 2002, and were divorced in 2008. Sometime after his separation from Drennan, Straczynski entered into a relationship with Patricia Tallman, whom he had met when she was acting in his 1990s series Babylon 5.

J. Michael Straczynski Education

Straczynski was enrolled and later graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU), having earned a BA with a double major in psychology and sociology (with minors in philosophy and literature). While at SDSU, he wrote for the student newspaper, The Daily Aztec at times penning so many articles that the paper was jokingly referred to as the “Daily Joe”.

J. Michael Straczynski Career

Straczynski began his career writing the psychological drama film Changeling (2008) and was also the co-writer on the martial arts thriller Ninja Assassin (2009), horror film Underworld: Awakening (2012), and apocalyptic horror film World War Z (2013).

From 2001 to 2007, he authored Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by runs on Thor and Fantastic Four. He is also the author of the Superman: Earth One trilogy of graphic novels, and has written Superman, Wonder Woman, and Before Watchmen for DC Comics. Straczynski is the creator and writer of several original comic book series such as Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, Dream Police, and Ten Grand through Joe’s Comics.

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A prolific writer across a variety of media and former journalist, He is the author of the novels Demon Night (1988), Othersyde (1990), and Tribulations (2000), the short fiction collection Straczynski Unplugged (2004), and the nonfiction book The Complete Book of Scriptwriting (1982).

He is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) 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. (See Babylon 5’s use of the Internet.) Two prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated.

J. Michael Straczynski Net Worth

His estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about his net worth or salary but he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.

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  • Year Award Category Title of work Result Ref.
  • 1988 Bram Stoker Award Best First Novel Demon Night Nominated
  • 1994 Inkpot Award N/A N/A Won
  • 1996 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Babylon 5 episode: “The Coming of Shadows” Won
  • 1997 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Babylon 5 episode: “Severed Dreams” Won
  • 1999 Bradbury Award Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Babylon 5 Won
  • 2002 Eisner Award Best Serialized Story The Amazing Spider-Man: “Coming Home” Won
  • 2005 Eagle Award Favourite Comics Writer N/A Won
  • 2008 Christopher Award Feature Films Changeling Won
  • 2009 BAFTA Award Best Original Screenplay Changeling Nominated
  • 2009 Saturn Award Best Writing Changeling Nominated
  • 2013 International Icon Award N/A N/A Won
  • 2016 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Sense8 Won
  • 2016 Saturn Award

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