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Abrams, GeraldW

Gerald W. Abrams

Gerald W. Abrams was born on February 1, 1939 to Samuel D. and Lillian K. Abrams (owners of the Broad Street Army & Navy Store) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He attended William Penn High School, moved on to Penn State University where he studied marketing and accounting, then taking up a job in radio back in Harrisburg before graduating in 1961.
His career started in New York City in the '60s at CBS as an account executive, then worked his way up to head the West Coast Sales at KCBS Los Angeles in the '70s where he eventually became the General Sales Manager.
The mid-'70s-'80s is when Abrams started to produce shows/specials for television-films.
He was married to Carol Ann Abrams (neĆ© Kelvin - TV and film producer) until her death in 2012. They had two children, Jeffrey and Tracy Rosen.  Jeffrey is the J. in J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Tracy Rosen is a screenwriter.

Film Actor
Star Wars: The Force Awakens~2015 - Captain Cypress (left)
Star Trek Into Darkness~2013 - Starfleet Memorial Admiral
Star Trek~2009 - Barfly

Film Producer (executive)
Regression~2012 (short) (associate)
Escape from Wildcat Canyon~1998
Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons~1995 (doc)
Blood Brothers~1993
Hearts of Fire~1987

TV Actor
Felicity~2000 - Judge David Amann in Hello, I Must Be Going
Berlin Tunnel 21~1981 - Phil

TV Producer (executive unless marked otherwise)
Love, Again~2015
The Christmas Shepherd~2014
Houdini~2014 (Parts 1 & 2)
Modern Marvels~1995-2014
     Hottest Rides Countdown
     Strangest countdown
     Driver's Seat
     The Submarines
     Space Stations
     The Camera
     Television: Window to the World
     The Motion Picture
     Transcontinental Railroads
     Thinking Machines: The Creation of the Computer
     Paving America
     Brooklyn Bridge
The Pastor's Wife~2011
Fairfield Road~2010
The National Tree~2009
Daniel's Daughters~2008
Charlie & Me~2008
Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone~2006
Four Minutes~2005
Deadly Isolation~2005
See Arnold Run~2005
Caesars 24/7~2005
A Deadly Encounter~2004
The Mystery of Natalie Wood~2004
44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out~2003
Out of the Ashes~2003
A Christmas Visitor~2002
Gisella Perl~2002
Second Honeymoon~2001
Nuremberg~2000 (episodes 1 & 2)
Top Secret Missions of the CIA~1999 (doc)
In Profile~1999
Black and Blue~1999
Intimate Portrait: Kathie Lee Gifford~1998 (doc)
Intimate Portrait: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher~1998 (doc)
Bearing the Torch: Politics & the Olympics~1996
     J. Pierpont Morgan: Emperor of Wall Street (doc)
     Alexander Graham Bell: Voice of Invention (doc)
     Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge (doc)
     Conrad Hilton: Innkeeper to the World (doc)
     Mary Tyler Moore: All American-Girl (doc)
     Betty Boop (doc)
Portraits of Courage~1996
The Hidden Secrets of Magic~1996
Lance Burton, Master Magician: The Legend Begins~1996
Comic Relief American Comedy Festival~1996
The World's Greatest Magic II~1995
Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets~1995
Silent Witness: What a Child Saw~1994
The World's Greatest Magic~1994
Made in the USA~1994
Fantasies of the Stars~1994
What Happened?~1992
Drop Dead Gorgeous~1991
The Fatal Image~1990
Family of Spies~1990
Daughter of Darkness~1990
Jekyll & Hyde~1990
Finish Line~1989
Street of Dreams~1988
A Father's Revenge~1988
Monte Carlo~1986
Thompson's Last Run~1986
The Steel Collar Man~ 1985
Florence Nightingale~1985
Scorned and Swindled~1984
Found Money~1983
Cutter to Houston~1983
     In the Eye of the Hurricane
Running Out~1983
Marian Rose White~1982
Berlin Tunnel 21~1981
Act of Love~1980
The Gift~1979
Letters from Frank~1979
Flesh & Blood~1979
Murder at the Mardi Gras~1978
With This Ring~1978
Having Babies III~1978
Ski Lift to Death~1978
The Defection of Simas Kudirka~1978
Julie Farr, M.D.~1978
Hollywood High~1977
Having Babies II~1977
Red alert~1977
The Secret Life of John Chapman~1976
Having Babies~1976
The Bureau~1976 (producer)
James Dean: Portrait of a Friend~1976
Katherine~1975 (associate producer)
Winner Take All~1975 (associate producer)
Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders~1974 (associate producer)
Betrayal~1974 (associate producer)
It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy~1974 (associate producer)
Where Have All the People Gone?~1974 (associate producer)

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors:
Rec'd 2004 Producer's Award
Emmy Awards:
Nom 2001 Outstanding Miniseries for Nuremberg (shared)
Nom 1990 Outstanding Miniseries for Family of Spies (shared)
Gemini Awards:
Rec'd 2001 Best Dramatic Mini-Series for Nuremberg (shared)

Serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for The College (Penn State) of Communications

1989 - Phoenix Entertainment was bought by Hearst Corporation and re-named Hearst Entertainment Productions - Abrams served as Co-Chairman for 8 years.

1986 - Named Penn State Distinguished Alum

1985 -  Formed Phoenix Entertainment Group

1982-1984 - Served on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society

1981 - Named Penn State Alumni Fellow

1978 - Formed Cypress Point Productions

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