Jun. 23rd, 1964
New York City, New York, USA
Joss Whedon's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2005 - Serenity
Guest TV Roles
FCC Member (Voiced)
Man at Funeral
Himself - Guest
News Caster (Voiced)
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.
- Related to 'Jed Whedon' (qv), video game music composer.
- Writing is clearly in his blood, since he could arguably be the world's first third-generation television writer. His grandfather was a successful sitcom writer in the 1950s and '60s on _"The Donna Reed Show" (1958)_ (qv) and _"Leave It to Beaver" (1957)_ (qv), and his father wrote for the likes of _"The Dick Cavett Show" (1968)_ (qv), _"Alice" (1976)_ (qv) and _"Benson" (1979)_ (qv).
- Created two "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic book spin-offs about a vampire slayer named Melaka Fray from 200 years of the future of New York City called "Fray" with artist Karl Moline and various vampire comic book stories "Tales of the Vampires" with Buffy star Amber Benson along with other Buffy tv and comic scribe writers. Currently writing "The Astonishing X-Men" comic book series for Marvel Comics.
- Brother of 'Zack Whedon' (qv), assistant to Mr. 'David Milch' (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).
- Has cited the X-Men character Kitty Pryde (AKA Shadowcat) as a major influence for the character of Buffy.
- Wrote the plot to the comic book Serenity, which bridged the gap between the Firefly T.V. series and the film. Fellow Firefly writer Brett Matthews scripted it.
- Took him two years to finish writing Buffy comic book spin-off mini-series "Fray" with artist Karl Moline, due to his schedule with his three shows (Buffy/Angel/ Firefly) and the artist's new job at CrossGen Comics.