J. Michael Straczynski Net Worth

J. Michael Straczynski Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

J. Michael Straczynski net worth is
$6 Million

J. Michael Straczynski Wiki Biography

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 p...

Net Worth$6 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 17, 1954
Place Of BirthPaterson, New Jersey, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.92 m)
ProfessionJournalist, Cartoonist, Science-fiction writer, Author, Novelist, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
EducationSan Diego State University
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseKathryn M. Drennan (m. 1983–2008)
ParentsEvelyn Pate, Charles Straczynski
NicknamesJMS , Joseph Michael Straczynski , Fettes Gray , J. Micheal Straczynski , Joe Straczynski , Joe
AwardsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Ray Bradbury Award, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Ray Bradbury Award
NominationsBAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Saturn Award for Best Writing, Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Saturn Award for Best Writing, Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series
MoviesWorld War Z, Underworld: Awakening, Thor, Ninja Assassin, Changeling, Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, Babylon 5: The River of Souls, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Babylon 5: In the Beginning, Babylon 5: The Gathering, Forbidden Planet, Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For,...
TV ShowsBabylon 5: The Lost Tales, Jeremiah, Crusade, Babylon 5, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Babylon 5: In the Beginning, The Real Ghostbusters, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Sense8, Sense8, Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, Jeremiah, Crusade, Babylon 5, The Real Ghostbusters, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
1Use of mystical objects as plot devices
2Science fiction stories
1To me science fiction is about the sense of mystery, the sense of awe. Not 'shock and awe', just 'awe'.
2Plots almost don't matter, effects don't matter, wardrobe doesn't matter, technology doesn't matter. What matters is what William Faulkner called "The human heart in conflict with itself".
3Speaking as an atheist, if there is to be a church of JMS, then I must become its first apostate and refuse to believe in myself (adding further insecurity to my life), and nail a whole bunch of theses to the front door on the way out...
4(Regarding the decision to kill off the popular character of Marcus Cole on Babylon 5) "Had I known that Claudia Christian (Susan Ivanova) was not going to return in the fifth season, I might have rethought that decision and kept him around."
5In every other science fiction series, humans are at the top of the food chain. In the Babylon 5 universe, they're in the bottom third.
6On the prospect of future Babylon 5 feature film projects: "The only thing I can say without equivocation is that when that day comes, as the rights-holder, I will make darned sure that it's done right, because I'd rather have no B5 movie than one that doesn't live up to what fans and I myself would want to see. To that end...I can wait."
7On the cancellation of the Babylon 5 feature film, The Memory of Shadows: "This was not the first time someone's taken a run at a B5 feature film, and it will not be the last. Eventually it will happen, because such things are simply inevitable. If they can do a Brady Bunch movie, you can be sure that sooner or later, somebody's going to do a B5 movie."
8On casting Michael O'Hare as Jeffrey Sinclair on Babylon 5: "He's a classically trained actor, a graduate of Juliard, who just knocked us out when he came in to audition. He has a tremendous presence, and a voice vaguely reminiscent of Clint Eastwood at times. His face has a curiously haunted look, but at the same time is (I'm told by the women who go "yum" whenever he enters the room) quite appealing."
9The loss of Richard Biggs kind of took the wind out of our sails and it's taken a while for me to feel up to saying anything about B5. This has also had the effect of slowing up anything to do with B5:TMoS (which as some of you have guessed or inferred does indeed stand for The Memory of Shadows), because in the writing we/I never imagined he wouldn't be here to be a part of it.
10On the Babylon 5 theatrical film, The Memory of Shadows: "The only thing I can say is that phase one of the new project is a go, hence the furious writing schedule at this end of things... I've been writing my little brains out. I wouldn't go on about something in this way if it wasn't a significant development."
1His grandparents lived in the area which today belongs to Belarus, and fled to America from the Russian Revolution.
2Lives in Los Angeles.
3During college, he wrote articles for his school newspaper The Daily Aztec with such frequency that it became known among fellow students as ''The Daily Joe''.
4He wrote the final pre-Flashpoint issues of both Superman and Wonder Woman.
5Due to a long history of alcoholism in his family, he is a strict teetotaler.
6It was his idea to include a Transgender character among the cast of ''Sense8 (2015)''.
7Stated publicly he was willing to knock on the door of every Babylon 5 fan and personally apologize for the third season episode "Grey 17 Is Missing", considered one of the weakest episodes of the series. He stated that for the show, the good episodes took one, perhaps two days at most to write, but this one took two weeks, and he was especially regretful about including the Zarg in the episode.
8His father did not approve of his writing aspirations, going as far as to tear up all of his comic books when he was a teenager. This incident was later used in an issue of the ''Before Watchmen'' prequel series when Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl's father did the same with his superhero memorabilia.
9Is called 'Joe' by his friends, family and co-workers.
10Has said that he doesn't write comics for money, but simply because he loves them.
11Has said that he grew up very poor.
12His family had moved 21 times by the time he was age 17.
13Got the idea for ''Midnight Nation'' in 1978 when he had just gotten out of a bad relationship and was going through a period of severe depression in which he would wander the streets of San Diego at nights and was astonished to find that the streets were filled with poor and homeless people at night.
14Writing Thor and Lost Heroes for Marvel Comics, as well as writing two new big-budget features on assignment, one for Universal Studios, the other for Paramount. [November 2006]
15Announced that his film Babylon 5: The Memory of Shadows had been cancelled. [February 2005]
16Releasing the last three issues of his original comic book, Rising Stars, following a multi-year delay. [November 2004]
17Comics: Now also writing The Fantastic Four, The Book of Lost Souls, Squadron Supreme, and Bullet Points (miniseries), all for Marvel Comics. [March 2006]
18Currently writing Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and an upcoming Doctor Strange project for Marvel comics [November 2003]
19Writer, co-producer and co-director, "The Adventuers of Apocalypse Al," a 20-episode radio drama series for the Canadian Broadcasting System. Produced February 2006, to air Summer 2006, starring Cynthia Dale. [February 2006]
20Launches and starts releasing all 92 scripts he wrote for Babylon 5. First TV writer in history to ever publish all their scripts for a show. When done it will total 14 volumes and 6,000+ pages of material. [October 2005]
21He used more than 6,000 different sources of information for his screenplay for 'Changeling' so he could title it "A true story" rather than "Based on a true story".
22He is a very big fan of Neil Gaiman and named an Alien species after him in Babylon 5.
23Once spotted a young man dressed as a Narn at a science fiction convention. Straczynski was so impressed at the craftsmanship of the costume that he remarked, "You came out of my head, but I know for a fact that you don't work for me.".
24During season four of Babylon 5 he would frequently dunk his hands in ice water, because they were so sore from writing.
25While working on the Rising Stars series for Top Cow, he met one of the assistant publishers at LAX airport, who excitedly told him about interest in the project from a movie studio. According to his contract, such talks had to be pre-approved by Straczynski first. It was then that he knew that his publisher was not adhering to their contract.
26Has a degree in clinical psychology and one in sociology.
27Straczynski's "Changeling" was selected as one of 20 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2008.
28When speaking to a crowd he always stands, never sits. The reason is that he feels that as a writer or a screenwriter he works for the public, and an employee never sits in front of his boss.
29Announced at WonderCon 2008 that the uncompleted Crusade series was "finished" i.e., there would be no further work done on it.
30Despite the prevalence of religious figures and symbols in his stories and shows, he is a self-professed atheist.
31As a struggling young writer he telephoned Harlan Ellison for advice. Ellison replied, "The reason your stories are being rejected is because you're writing crap. Stop writing crap!".
32Cracked a molar while nervously grinding his teeth in preparation for pitching Babylon 5 to studio executives. He opted to continue with the pitch instead of having emergency dental work and doing it the next day.
33In 2003, Straczynski rescued a Maine Coon (a breed of cat) kitten that had fallen into a landscaping drain in his yard; a 16-hour operation which ultimately involved digging up large portions of the yard and calling out the fire department and a number of plumbers. Buddy is now doing well, and rules the Straczynski household with a velvet paw.
34Claims to have read the Bible cover to cover, twice.
35Although he attended his 20-year high school reunion, he only found one former classmate who "sort of" remembered him.
36First met Harlan Ellison in person when both were walking the picket line during the Hollywood Writer's Strike in 1991.
37Said to have come up with the inspiration for Babylon 5 while taking a shower.
38Winner of the Inkpot and Eisner Awards, San Diego International Comic Arts Exposition, 1993 and 2002, respectively.
39A frequent speaker at conventions and seminars, Straczynski has spoken to crowds in the thousands in England and throughout the United States. He has also spoken at a variety of universities, including the the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab (which pronounced Babylon 5 one of the three seminal American science fiction series, the other two being the original Twilight Zone and Star Trek series) and UCLA.
40Creator and "father" of scifi-show Babylon 5, which won two Hugo Awards.
41Wrote the comic book series Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, and the one-shot Dream Police for comic book publisher Image/Top Cow's imprint "Joe's Comics." He also wrote a hardcover all-ages storybook, Delicate Creatures.
42In addition to his successful television career, has found new stardom as a writer of comic books. As the new writer of the Amazing Spiderman, he managed to triple that book's sales in less than a year.
43He was a host of "Hour 25", a weekly science fiction talk radio show in L.A. for 5 years.


Red Mars2017TV Series created by - 1 episode pre-production
Rod Serling's Night GalleryTV Mini-Series pre-production
Sense8TV Series created by - 22 episodes, 2015 - 2017 written by - 22 episodes, 2015 - 2017
World War Z2013screen story
Thor in the Playroom2013Video short story - uncredited
Underworld: Awakening2012screenplay
Babylon 5 X3: Terran Conflict2010Video Game creator
Ninja Assassin2009screenplay
Changeling2008written by
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales2007Video creator / written by
JeremiahTV Series creator - 34 episodes, 2002 - 2004 written by - 21 episodes, 2002 - 2004 story - 1 episode, 2003 teleplay - 1 episode, 2003 excerpts - 1 episode, 2002
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight2002TV Movie written by
Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For2000TV Movie written by
CrusadeTV Series creator - 13 episodes, 1999 written by - 10 episodes, 1999
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms1999TV Movie creator / written by
Babylon 5TV Series creator - 110 episodes, 1994 - 1998 writer - 69 episodes, 1994 - 1998 written by - 21 episodes, 1994 - 1998 story - 1 episode, 1998 teleplay - 1 episode, 1998 story & teleplay - 1 episode, 1998
Babylon 5: The River of Souls1998TV Movie creator / written by
Babylon 5: Thirdspace1998TV Movie creator / written by
Babylon 5: In the Beginning1998TV Movie creator / written by
Walker, Texas Ranger1993TV Series written by - 1 episode
Babylon 5: The Gathering1993TV Movie written by
Murder, She Wrote1991-1993TV Series written by - 7 episodes
Jake and the FatmanTV Series written by - 3 episodes, 1990 story by - 1 episode, 1990 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1990
The Real GhostbustersTV Series writer - 13 episodes, 1986 - 1987 written by - 8 episodes, 1986 - 1990 story editor - 4 episodes, 1990
Captain Power: The Beginning1989TV Movie written by
Nightmare Classics1989TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
The Twilight ZoneTV Series written by - 10 episodes, 1986 - 1989 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1988 story by - 1 episode, 1988
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the FutureTV Series writer - 10 episodes, 1987 - 1988 story - 4 episodes, 1987 - 1988 teleplay - 2 episodes, 1987
Spiral Zone1987TV Series 1 episode
CBS Storybreak1987TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors1985TV Series writer - 13 episodes
She-Ra: Princess of PowerTV Series written by - 4 episodes, 1985 writer - 3 episodes, 1985 teleplay - 1 episode, 1985 story - 1 episode, 1985
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe1984-1985TV Series writer - 9 episodes


Red Mars2017TV Series executive producer pre-production
Rod Serling's Night GalleryTV Mini-Series executive producer pre-production
Sense82015-2016TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales2007Video executive producer
Jeremiah2002-2004TV Series executive producer - 34 episodes
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight2002TV Movie executive producer
Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For2000TV Movie producer
Crusade1999TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms1999TV Movie executive producer
Babylon 51994-1998TV Series executive producer - 110 episodes
Babylon 5: The River of Souls1998TV Movie executive producer
Babylon 5: Thirdspace1998TV Movie executive producer
Babylon 5: In the Beginning1998TV Movie executive producer
Walker, Texas Ranger1993TV Series supervising producer - 1993, uncredited
Babylon 5: The Gathering1993TV Movie executive producer
Murder, She WroteTV Series co-producer - 22 episodes, 1991 - 1992 producer - 8 episodes, 1992 - 1993


Crusade1999TV Series title designer - 1 episode
Babylon 51994TV Series title designer - 1 episode
Jake and the Fatman1990TV Series executive story consultant - 13 episodes
The Twilight Zone1988-1989TV Series story editor - 30 episodes
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future1987-1988TV Series executive story consultant - 22 episodes
The Real Ghostbusters1986-1987TV Series story editor - 78 episodes
She-Ra: Princess of Power1985TV Series story editor - 65 episodes


Babylon 5: The Lost Tales2007Video
Babylon 51998TV Series 1 episode


Babylon 51998TV SeriesMaintenance Worker


The Real Ghostbusters1989TV Series writer - 1 episode


The Bunglers2012Short special thanks
8 Arms to Hold You2004Video documentary short special thanks
Hero in Crisis2004Video documentary short special thanks
Interwoven: the Women of Spider-Man2004Video documentary short special thanks
Making the Amazing2004Video documentary special thanks


Toy MastersDocumentary completedHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
As Timeless as Infinity: The Twilight Zone Legacy2014DocumentaryHimself
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Writer
World War Z: Looking to Science2013Video documentary shortHimself
World War Z: Origins2013Video documentary shortHimself
Out of the Ashes: The Making of Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future2012Video documentaryHimself
Thor: A Conversation2011Video shortHimself
Changeling - Partners in Crime: Bringing Changeling to the Screen2009Video documentary shortHimself
Partners in Crime: Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHimself
Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts: Creating 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Something Strange in Your Neighborhood: The Creatures of 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Who You Gonna Call? The Heroes of 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary shortHimself
HypaSpace2006TV Series documentaryHimself
8 Arms to Hold You2004Video documentary short
Hero in Crisis2004Video documentary short
Interwoven: the Women of Spider-Man2004Video documentary short
Babylon 5: Creating the Future2004Video documentary shortHimself - Creator / Executive Producer

Won Awards

2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ScreenwriterChangeling (2008)
1999Bradbury AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBabylon 5 (1994)
1997HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBabylon 5 (1994)
1997SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKSFX Hame of Fame for Contributions to SF/Fantasy TV in 1996Babylon 5 (1994)
1996HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBabylon 5 (1994)

Nominated Awards

2009BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalChangeling (2008)
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingChangeling (2008)
1999HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBabylon 5 (1994)
1994HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBabylon 5: The Gathering (1993)
1991WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAnthology Episode/Single ProgramNightmare Classics (1989)
1988GeminiGemini AwardsBest Writing in a Dramatic SeriesCaptain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987)

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