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.
- Has claimed that his script for Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds" is his personal favorite thing he has ever written.
- Has said that he created Buffy (of the vampire slaying fame) to be an "alternative feminist icon".
- An active supporter of gay rights.
- 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.
- Wrote an introduction for Jim Krugeer and Alex Ross's Marvel Comics's award- winning graphic novel "Earth X."
- Has cited the X-Men character Kitty Pryde (AKA Shadowcat) as a major influence for the character of Buffy.
- 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.
- His last television project was a show called "Firefly," which offered his unique view of the future.