Jun. 23rd, 1964
New York City, New York, USA
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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American director, executive producer, occasional actor, and creator and head writer of the television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. He has also written several film scripts and comic book series.
Whedon was born in New York City and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987. Before going to Wesleyan he spent two years at Winchester College in England. He attended Riverdale Country School in New York City where his mother taught History. (Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also attended Riverdale Country School a number of years after Joss.) At a young age he was a prolific writer, loved Monty Python and showed great interest in acting. He was the lead role in an original production called 'Spaghetti Island' at Riverdale. He has been described as the world's first third-generation TV writer, as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a successful screenwriter for The Electric Company in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and the grandson of John Whedon, a writer for The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s. His mother, Lee Stearns, was a high school teacher and novelist. He is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon.
- Brother of 'Zack Whedon' (qv), assistant to Mr. 'David Milch' (qv).
- His wife, Kai Cole, gave birth to their son Arden on December 18, 2002.
- His favorite movie is _The Matrix (1999)_ (qv).
- Joss Whedon's _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) episode "Hush" was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2000 for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. "Hush" featured 28 minutes without dialogue, as a group of fairy-tale demons called the Gentlemen arrived in Sunnydale to steal voices, and then hearts (literally).
- Whedon and Cole can be heard doing a demo track for the wildly popular episode "Once More With Feeling" on the episode soundtrack. It was recorded in the front hall of their home.
- Has claimed that his script for Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds" is his personal favorite thing he has ever written.
- In 2007, started writing the comic-book Runaways after Brian K. Vaughan left it.
- Wrote three vignettes for Buffy's "Tale of the Slayers" graphic novel, along with Buffy cast 'Amber Benson (I)' (qv), _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv) consulting producer 'Jeph Loeb' (qv), and other Buffy TV and comic writers: In the book, Joss wrote about the origin of The First Slayer, the death of a slayer from the medieval period, and his futuristic slayer Melaka Fray's discovery of an abandoned New York branch of the Watcher Council Headquarter.