J. Michael Straczynski Biography (1954-)

Full name, Joseph Michael Straczynski; born July 17, 1954, in Paterson, NJ; son of Charles (a manual laborer) and Evelyn (maiden name, Pate) Straczynski;married Kathryn May Drennan (a writer), 1983. Addresses: Agent: Joel Begleiter, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, producer, journalist, critic, story editor, educator
Birth Details
July 17, 1954
Paterson, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Coproducer, Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991-93
  • (Uncredited) Supervising producer, Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1993
  • Creator and executive producer, Babylon 5 (also known as B5), syndicated, 1994-97, TNT, 1998
  • Creator and executive producer, Crusade, TNT, 1999
  • Creator and executive producer, Jeremiah, Showtime, 2002-2004
  • Creator of Aragon and the Wuff, ABC. Also producer of Jake andthe Fatman, CBS.
  • Movies
  • Creator and executive producer, Babylon 5: In the Beginning (alsoknown as In the Beginning), TNT, 1998
  • Creator and executive producer, Babylon 5: Thirdspace (also knownas Thirdspace and Thirdspace: A Babylon 5 Adventure), TNT, 1998
  • Creator and executive producer, Babylon 5: The River of Souls (also known as The River of Souls), TNT, 1998
  • Producer, Murder She Wrote: A Story to Die For, CBS, 2000
  • Pilots
  • Creator and co-executive producer, Babylon 5: The Gathering (alsoknown as Babylon 5 and B5), syndicated, 1993
  • Creator and executive producer, Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (also known as A Call to Arms), TNT, 1999
  • Executive producer, Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers--To Live andDie in Starlight (also known as Legend of the Rangers: Babylon 5),Sci-Fi Channel, 2002
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Sleeping in Light," Babylon 5 (also known as B5), TNT, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Guide to Babylon 5, TNT, 1997
  • Episodic
  • (Uncredited) Maintenance worker, "Sleeping in Light," Babylon 5 (also known as B5), TNT, 1998
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Hour 25, KPFK-FM (Los Angeles), 1987-92
  • RECORDINGS
  • Video Appearances
  • Hero in Crisis, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2004
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Series
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (also known as He-Man), syndicated, 1984
  • She-Ra, Princess of Power, syndicated, 1985
  • Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (also known as Jayce et les conquerants de la lumiere), CBS, 1986
  • Elfquest, CBS, 1986
  • Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, syndicated, 1986-87
  • The Real Ghostbusters, ABC, between 1986 and 1989
  • Batman, ABC, 1988
  • The Twilight Zone, syndicated, 1988-89
  • (As Fettes Grey) Spiral Zone, syndicated, 1989
  • V: The Next Chapter, The WB, 1989-91
  • Jake and the Fatman, CBS, multiple episodes, 1990
  • Murder, She Wrote, CBS, between 1991 and 1993
  • Babylon 5 (also known as B5), syndicated, 1994-97, TNT, 1997-99
  • Crusade, TNT, 1999
  • Jeremiah, Showtime, 2002-2004
  • Television Movies
  • Babylon 5: In the Beginning (also known as In the Beginning), TNT, 1998
  • Babylon 5: Thirdspace (also known as Thirdspace and Thirdspace: A Babylon 5 Adventure), TNT, 1998
  • Babylon 5: The River of Souls (also known as The River of Souls), TNT, 1998
  • Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For, CBS, 2000
  • Television Specials
  • "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek," CBS Storybreak, CBS, 1985
  • (Including songs "Boogaloo's Back in Town" and "Touching Old Magic") The Halloween Door, ABC, 1989
  • "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (also based on a story by Straczynski), Nightmare Classics, Showtime, 1989
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, ABC, 1989
  • Television Pilots
  • Babylon 5: The Gathering (also known as Babylon 5 and B5), syndicated, 1993
  • Guardians, 1995
  • Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (also known as A Call to Arms), TNT, 1999
  • Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers--To Live and Die in Starlight(also known as Legend of the Rangers: Babylon 5), Sci-Fi Channel, 2002
  • Jeremiah, Showtime, 2002
  • Television Episodes
  • "A Shadow in the Night," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1993
  • Composer and lyricist (uncredited), "Untitled Telepath Song," for variousepisodes of Babylon 5 (also known as B5).
  • Television Scripts
  • Other
  • Captain Power: The Beginning (also known as Captain Power: Against the New Order), 1989
  • Stage Plays
  • The Apprenticeship, Marquis Public Theater, San Diego, CA, 1980
  • Author of more than twelve produced stage plays, including one publishedby Baker's Plays.
  • Radio Series
  • Writer for the series Alien Worlds and Mutual Radio Theater.
  • Comic Books
  • (With Mark Moretti) Babylon 5: The Price of Peace, DC Comics, 1998
  • Rising Stars (series; includes Power, 2002, Visitations, 2003, and Born in Fire, 2003, Joe's Comics, 1999-2004, hard-covercompilation, illustrated by Keu Cha and Brent Anderson, Diamond Comic Distributors, 2005
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (series; includes Coming Home, illustrated by John Romita and John Hanna, 2001, Revelations, 2002, Until the Stars Turn Cold, illustrated by Romita and Hanna, 2002, The Life& Death of Spiders, illustrated by Romita and Hanna, 2003, Unintended Consequences, illustrated by Romita, Hanna, and Fiona Avery, 2003, Skin Deep, illustrated by Mike Deodato, Jr. and Mark Brooks, 2005, Sins Past, illustrated by Deodato and Joe Pimentel, 2005, Marvel Comics, beginning 2001
  • Delicate Creatures, illustrated by Michael Zulli, Image Comics, 2002
  • Midnight Nation (series), Joe's Comics, 2003
  • Supreme Power (series; includes Powers and Principalities;based on an earlier Marvel series titled Squadron Supreme), Marvel Comics, beginning 2003
  • No Surrender, No Retreat: Babylon 5, illustrated by Shannon Kalvar, Diamond Comic Distributors, 2004
  • The Book of Lost Souls (series), Marvel Comics, beginning 2005
  • The Fantastic Four (series), Marvel Comics, beginning 2005
  • Dream Police, Marvel Comics, 2005
  • Strange: Beginnings and Endings, illustrated by Gary Frank and Jonathan Sibal, Marvel Enterprises, 2005
  • Author of, or contributor to, other comic books, including Star Trek 16: Worldsinger, DC Comics; Teen Titans Spotlight; and TwilightZone.
  • Other
  • The Complete Book of Scriptwriting: Television, Radio, Motion Pictures, the Stage Play, Writer's Digest Books, 1982, expanded edition publishedas The (Even More!) Complete Book of Scriptwriting, 1996
  • Demon Night (novel), E. P. Dutton, 1988, reprinted, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • Tales from The New Twilight Zone (short stories based on his own scripts), Bantam/Spectra, 1989
  • (With David Bassom) Creating Babylon 5: Behind the Scenes of Warner Bros. Revolutionary Deep Space TV Drama, Del Rey, 1997
  • (With Jim Mortimore, Allan Adams, and Roger Clark) Babylon 5 SecurityManual, Del Rey, 1998
  • OtherSyde (novel), E. P. Dutton, 1990, reprinted, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • Straczynski Unplugged (short stories), Pocket Books, 2004
  • (With August Hahn) The Centauri Republic Fact Book, Mongoose Publishing, 2004
  • Tribulations (novel), Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • But in Purple, I'm Stunning ... : The Babylon 5 Quote Book, PocketBooks, 2005
  • (Editor, with Greg Rucka, Peter Milligan, and others) Best of Spider-Man, edited by Romita and Deodato, Marvel Enterprises, 2005
  • Author of "Scripts," a column in Writer's Digest, 1982. Work represented in fiction anthologies, including Shadows 6. Contributor of more than 500 short stories and articles to periodicals, including Amazing Stories, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times, Penthouse, Pulphouse, San Diego,San Diego Reader, Time, and Video Review. Contributing editor, Writer's Digest, beginning 1981, and Twilight Zone, 1983--.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The television series Crusade was adapted as a book by ChristopherBlackmoor and published by Mongoose Publishing in 2005.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • Babylon 5, August, 1997, pp. 32-37; November, 1997, p. 57; January, 1998, pp. 4-5; June, 1998, pp. 16-19; fall, 1998, pp. 24-25, 42, 44-45; June, 1999, pp. 11-13
    • Dream Watch, July, 1997, pp. 12-17
    • Starlog, April, 1998
    • Universe Today, fall, 1997, pp. 10-11

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