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Joss Whedon

Birth Name: 
Joseph Hill Whedon
Birthday: 
Tuesday, June 23, 1964
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Birth Place: 
New York City, New York, USA
Height: 
5'10"

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was raised in New York and was educated at Riverdale Country School, were his mother also taught. He also attended Winchester College in England for two years, before graduating with a film degree from Wesleyan University.

After relocating to Los Angeles, Whedon landed his first TV writing job on "Roseanne", and moved on to script a season of "Parenthood". He then developed a film script which went on to become Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Whedon was very unhappy with the final film - his original script was extensively re-written and made lighter in tone. After this he earned screenwriting credits on such high profile productions as Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Toy Story (1995), for which he was Oscar nominated. He also worked as a 'script doctor' on various features, notably Speed (1994/I).

In 1997, Whedon had the opportunity to resurrect his character Buffy in a television series on The WB Network. This time, as showrunner and executive producer, he retained full artistic control. The series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was a popular and critical hit, which ran for several seasons, the last two on UPN. Whedon also produced a spin-off series, "Angel", which was also successful. A foray in to sci-fi television followed with "Firefly", which developed a cult following, but did not stay on air long. It did find an audience on DVD and through re-runs, and a spin-off feature film Serenity (2005) was released in 2005.

Other projects have included comic book writing, the sci-fi drama "Dollhouse" and the screenplay for Marvel blockbuster The Avengers (2012). (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

1996 - Nominated - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Toy Story)

Interviews

Joss Whedon (Dollhouse)

We sit down with Joss Whedon to talk about 'Dollhouse and his entire Whedon Universe...... Read more
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Joss Whedon

Emmy and Academy Award nominee Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood’s top talents, scripting several hit films and creating one of television’s most critically praised shows, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”  Born June 23, 1964, in New York, Whedon is a third-generation television writer.... Read more
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News

Joss Whedon Releases His Latest Film via Vimeo for $5

The latest Joss Whedon project to reach the big screen, indie drama In Your Eyes, was released simultaneously on all manner of small screen during its world premiere at the Tribecca Film Festival Sunday night.... Read more
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Joss Whedon To Write & Direct The Avengers 2

He wavered for a while, calling it "an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately someone else's story." Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief though, since Joss Whedon has just been officially announced as the writer and director of Avengers 2.... Read more
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Marvels 'The Avengers' assembles on Twitter

Marvel Studios announced today that they will be sponsoring a Global Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. (PST) with cast members and the director of their highly anticipated action-adventure “Marvel’s The Avengers,” opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.... Read more
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Marvel Studios begins production on 'The Avengers'

Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon.  The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City.  Robert Downey Jr.... Read more
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Cobie Smulders in Final Negotiations for 'Avengers' Role

Cobie Smulders is in final negotiations to take on a role in Marvel's The Avengers. Disney will release the superhero ensemble film, which is being written and directed by Joss Whedon, on May 4, 2012.... Read more
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Reviews

The Avengers

Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel Studios has been teasing us with hints of the Avengers Initiative. With Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) silently pulling the strings in the background and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as his right hand man, S.H.I.E.L.D.... Read more
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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (BLU-RAY)

Joss Whedon is a name that is both whispered in hushed tones of honor and shouted with enthusiasm from the rooftops by geeks from across the nerd spectrum.... Read more
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