Joss Whedon

BirthDay:

23 Jun 1964

BirthPlace:

New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Joseph Hill Whedon

Bio:

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, where 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).

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).
Filmography

Actor ( 33 credits )

Con Man (2015)  Snow Guy (1 episode, 2015)
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014) Himself
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce (2014)  Joss Whedon (1 episode, 2015)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Coach (2012) The Coach
Written by a Kid (2012)  Gerald (1 episode, 2012)
YourGeekNews.com (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Husbands (2011)  Wes (2 episodes, 2012)
NerdHQ (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts (2011) Himself
Bandwagon: The Series (2010)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2013)
The Write Environment (2008)  Himself
CollegeHumor Originals (2006)  Joss Whedon (1 episode, 2013)
Serenity (2005) Trade Agent (voice) (uncredited)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2013)
Bandwagon (2004) Joss Whedon
Veronica Mars (2004)  Douglas (1 episode, 2005)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2013)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Firefly (2002)  Man at Funeral (uncredited) (1 episode, 2003)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Angel (1999)  Numfar (1 episode, 2001)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)  News Caster (uncredited) (1 episode, 1997)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself - Director (2 episodes, 2012)
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)

Producer ( 10 credits )

In Your Eyes (2014) executive producer
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) executive producer (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) producer
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) producer
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011) producer
Dollhouse (2009) executive producer (27 episodes, 2009-2010)
Firefly (2002) executive producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Angel (1999) executive producer (110 episodes, 1999-2004)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) executive producer (145 episodes, 1996-2003)
Parenthood (1990) co-producer (unknown episodes)

Writer ( 21 credits )

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (written by)
In Your Eyes (2014) (written by)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) (44 episodes, 2013-2015)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) (written for the screen by)
The Avengers (2012) (story) and
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) (written by) &
Dollhouse (2009) (27 episodes, 2009-2010)
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (2009) (unknown episodes)
Dollplay (2009) (creator)
Serenity (2005) (written by)
Firefly (2002) (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (story) and
Titan A.E. (2000) (screenplay) and
Angel (1999) (111 episodes, 1999-2004)
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) (145 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toy Story (1995)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) (written by)
Parenthood (1990) (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Roseanne (1988) (4 episodes, 1989)
Untitled Joss Whedon/WWII Horror Project (0) (screenplay)

Director ( 12 credits )

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) (1 episode, 2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
The Avengers (2012)
Glee (2009) (1 episode, 2010)
Dollhouse (2009) (3 episodes, 2009)
Serenity (2005)
The Office (2005) (2 episodes, 2007)
Firefly (2002) (3 episodes, 2002)
Angel (1999) (6 episodes, 1999-2004)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) (21 episodes, 1996-2003)
Untitled Joss Whedon/WWII Horror Project (0)