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Also Known As: Joseph Whedon Died:
Born: June 23, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, songwriter, story editor, video store clerk

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A third-generation television writer, it came as little surprise when scripter Joss Whedon followed in his relatives' footsteps, although his astonishing success as series creator, producer, screenwriter and feature film director surely impressed even his formidable family. Receiving his start as a writer on the sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997) and serving as a script doctor on several noted studio films, Whedon later created the cult hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03), developed from a campy horror comedy of the same name he had also written years earlier. With "Buffy," Whedon used the horror genre, combined with deft comedic touches, to explore the theme that life as an American teen could be pure hell. An instant cult favorite, it spurred Whedon on to create the "Buffy" spin-off, "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004). While his critically acclaimed sci-fi opus "Firefly" (Syfy, 2002-03) and its feature film sequel "Serenity" (2005) were poorly promoted by the studios, Whedon had plenty of other ideas to explore. Following another TV disappointment with the short-lived sci-fi adventure "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009-2010), Whedon returned to film with a bang as a co-writer of the...

A third-generation television writer, it came as little surprise when scripter Joss Whedon followed in his relatives' footsteps, although his astonishing success as series creator, producer, screenwriter and feature film director surely impressed even his formidable family. Receiving his start as a writer on the sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997) and serving as a script doctor on several noted studio films, Whedon later created the cult hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03), developed from a campy horror comedy of the same name he had also written years earlier. With "Buffy," Whedon used the horror genre, combined with deft comedic touches, to explore the theme that life as an American teen could be pure hell. An instant cult favorite, it spurred Whedon on to create the "Buffy" spin-off, "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004). While his critically acclaimed sci-fi opus "Firefly" (Syfy, 2002-03) and its feature film sequel "Serenity" (2005) were poorly promoted by the studios, Whedon had plenty of other ideas to explore. Following another TV disappointment with the short-lived sci-fi adventure "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009-2010), Whedon returned to film with a bang as a co-writer of the mind-bending horror movie, "Cabin in the Woods" (2012) and as the writer-director of the superhero blockbuster, "The Avengers" (2012). Brilliantly combining genres like science fiction, fantasy, horror and Westerns, Whedon achieved his own level of cult status, even as he grew in stature as one of Hollywood's most innovative purveyors of popular entertainment.

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 Buffy's Back (2001) Interviewee
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Moved to Los Angeles after college
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Wrote several spec scripts for various series' before selling his first to "Roseanne" (ABC)
1989:
Served as story editor and writer for the ABC sitcom "Roseanne"
1990:
Co-produced the short-lived NBC series "Parenthood"
1992:
Made feature screenplay debut with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1994:
Did uncredited rewrite work on the blockbuster hit "Speed"
1995:
Received an Oscar nomination for his significant rewrite for "Toy Story"
1996:
Reportedly did uncredited rewrites for "Twister"
1997:
Created and executive produced "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03), based on his screenplay; penned many episodes including the Emmy-nominated episode "Hush" (2000); made directorial debut with "Prophecy Girl" (1997)
1998:
Formed the production company Mutant Enemy, Inc. and signed with 20th Century Fox
1999:
Executive produced and co-created the spin-off series "Angel" (The WB)
2000:
Reportedly did uncredited rewrites of "The X-Men" and "Titan A.E."
2001:
Credited co-writer for the Disney animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"
2002:
Created and executive produced "Firefly" (Fox); also wrote and directed the pilot
2005:
Released a series of online shorts titled the "R. Tam sessions," starring himself and Summer Glau
2005:
Helmed "Serenity," the feature-length adaptation of his TV show "Firefly"
2007:
Launched a free webcomic, <i>Sugarshock!</i> on Dark Horse comic's Myspace page
2008:
Directed and co-wrote the Web miniseries "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"
2009:
Created and executive produced "Dollhouse" (Fox) starring Eliza Dushku; also wrote several episodes and directed the pilot
2011:
Directed a post-credits scene in Kenneth Branagh's superhero feature "Thor" to set up "The Avengers"
2012:
Co-wrote the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"
2012:
Helmed and co-wrote the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers," starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson
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Education

Winchester College: -
Riverdale Country School: Riverdale , New York -
Wesleyan University: Middletown , Connecticut - 1987

Notes

About his experience working on "Roseanne": "It was baptism by radioactive waste. [Roseanne] was like two people. One was perfectly intelligent and good to be around. One was very cranky. You never knew which would show up." --Joss Whedon to Entertainment WeeklY, April 25, 1997.

"It turns out that being a screenwriter in Hollywood is not all that it's cracked up to be. People blow their noses on you. I can feel the difference. When I go on the set of 'Alien [Resurrection]', people are very nice, but I'm standing in the corner watching them be very nice. When I'm making this show, I'm telling these stories. I've never had that feeling before. Not only am I telling them, I'm telling one every eight days. I've been putting other things off, because this is the most unbelievable amount of work I ever believed existed." --Whedon quoted in Cinefantastique, May 1997.

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wife:
Kai Cole. Textile and interior designer.

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grandfather:
John Whedon. Playwright, screenwriter. Wrote for "The Donna Reed Show" (ABC) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS), among other classic sitcoms.
father:
Tom Whedon. Screenwriter, producer. Began career as TV writer but graduated to producing series like ABC's "Benson" and NBC's "The Golden Girls"; won 1973 Emmy for work on "The Electric Company".

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