Joss Whedon

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
A third-generation television writer, it came as little surprise when scripter Joss Whedon followed in his relatives' footsteps, although his astonishing success as series creator, producer, screenwriter and feature ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1964 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (18)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Your Eyes 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Much Ado About Nothing 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cabin in the Woods 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Serenity 2005 (Movie)

(television series: "Firefly") (Source Material)

Serenity 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roseanne 1989 - 1990, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Writer

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)

Titan A.E. 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grampire 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goners (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (12)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Much Ado About Nothing 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Dollhouse 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Glee 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Office 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Serenity 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Firefly 1989 - 1990, 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (TV Show)

Director

Goners (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (10)

Robot Chicken 2007 - 2008, 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sci Fi Inside: Serenity 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica Mars 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Angel 1999 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Revolution 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buffy's Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

In Your Eyes 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Much Ado About Nothing 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Cabin in the Woods 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grampire 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Music (1)

Much Ado About Nothing 2013 (Movie)

(Music)
Editor (1)

Much Ado About Nothing 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

A third-generation television writer, it came as little surprise when scripter Joss Whedon followed in his relatives' footsteps, although his astonishing success as series creator, producer, screenwriter and feature film director surely impressed even his formidable family. Receiving his start as a writer on the sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997) and serving as a script doctor on several noted studio films, Whedon later created the cult hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03), developed from a campy horror comedy of the same name he had also written years earlier. With "Buffy," Whedon used the horror genre, combined with deft comedic touches, to explore the theme that life as an American teen could be pure hell. An instant cult favorite, it spurred Whedon on to create the "Buffy" spin-off, "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004). While his critically acclaimed sci-fi opus "Firefly" (Syfy, 2002-03) and its feature film sequel "Serenity" (2005) were poorly promoted by the studios, Whedon had plenty of other ideas to explore. Following another TV disappointment with the short-lived sci-fi adventure "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009-2010), Whedon returned to film with a bang as a co-writer of the mind-bending horror movie, "Cabin in the Woods" (2012) and as the writer-director of the superhero blockbuster, "The Avengers" (2012). Brilliantly combining genres like science fiction, fantasy, horror and Westerns, Whedon achieved his own level of cult status, even as he grew in stature as one of Hollywood's most innovative purveyors of popular entertainment.

Relationships

Kai Cole

Wife

Lee Stearns

Mother
Died in 1992

Pam Webber

Step-Mother

Tom Whedon Story Editor

Father
Born Aug. 3, 1932 Began career as a TV writer, but graduated to producing with ABC's "Benson" and NBC's "The Golden Girls"; won a 1973 Emmy for his work on "The Electric Company"

John Whedon Story Editor

Grandfather
Born Nov. 5, 1905 Wrote for "The Donna Reed Show" (ABC) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS), among other classic sitcom Died Nov. 21, 1991

Arden Whedon

Son
Born Dec. 18, 2002; mother, Kai Cole

Zack Whedon Writer

Brother
Born Aug. 14, 1979

Jed Whedon Story Editor

Brother
Born July 18, 1975

Squire Whedon

Daughter
Born c. 2005; mother, Kai Cole

Samuel Whedon

Brother
Fronted Grim Orchestra

Matthew Whedon

Brother

EDUCATION

Riverdale Country School

Riverdale , New York

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut 1987

Winchester College

Hampshire
British boarding school

Milestones

2012

Co-wrote the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"

2012

Helmed and co-wrote the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers," starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson

2011

Directed a post-credits scene in Kenneth Branagh's superhero feature "Thor" to set up "The Avengers"

2009

Created and executive produced "Dollhouse" (Fox) starring Eliza Dushku; also wrote several episodes and directed the pilot

2008

Directed and co-wrote the Web miniseries "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"

2007

Launched a free webcomic, Sugarshock! on Dark Horse comic's Myspace page

2005

Released a series of online shorts titled the "R. Tam sessions," starring himself and Summer Glau

2005

Helmed "Serenity," the feature-length adaptation of his TV show "Firefly"

2002

Created and executive produced "Firefly" (Fox); also wrote and directed the pilot

2001

Credited co-writer for the Disney animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"

2000

Reportedly did uncredited rewrites of "The X-Men" and "Titan A.E."

1999

Executive produced and co-created the spin-off series "Angel" (The WB)

1998

Formed the production company Mutant Enemy, Inc. and signed with 20th Century Fox

1997

Created and executive produced "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03), based on his screenplay; penned many episodes including the Emmy-nominated episode "Hush" (2000); made directorial debut with "Prophecy Girl" (1997)

1996

Reportedly did uncredited rewrites for "Twister"

1995

Received an Oscar nomination for his significant rewrite for "Toy Story"

1994

Did uncredited rewrite work on the blockbuster hit "Speed"

1992

Made feature screenplay debut with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

1990

Co-produced the short-lived NBC series "Parenthood"

1989

Served as story editor and writer for the ABC sitcom "Roseanne"

Moved to Los Angeles after college

Wrote several spec scripts for various series' before selling his first to "Roseanne" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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"It was baptism by radioactive waste. [Roseanne] was like two people. One was perfectly intelligent and good to be around. One was very cranky. You never knew which would show up." – Whedon on his experience working on "Roseanne" to Entertainment Weekly, April 25, 1997

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Whedon identified himself as a humanist. In February 2009, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard announced that he will receive the 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism.

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