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Also Known As: Kevin Patrick Smith Died:
Born: August 2, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA Profession: director, editor, screenwriter, producer, actor, comic book writer, cashier, comic book store owner

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Ever since his emergence onto the national stage, writer-director Kevin Smith became the idol of aspiring filmmakers everywhere when his independent feature "Clerks" (1994) - made for a startlingly low sum of $27,575 - earned awards at both the Cannes and Sundance film festivals and went on to become a wild success in limited art house release. Self-referential to a fault, Smith used his films to expand his fictional universe populated with a regular cast of characters who eventually crossed over into other mediums, including comic books and an animated television series. Smith was in top form with his third feature, "Chasing Amy" (1997), though he took critical hits for later work like "Dogma" (1999) and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), both of which were admired by rabid fans, but panned by the public at large. Always assured with slacker characters, raunchy dialogue, "Star Wars" (1977) references and endless penis jokes, Smith did occasionally step outside his comfort zone - as he did with "Jersey Girl" (2004) - though such efforts were usually followed up with returns to more of the same, marking Smith as a champion of the Gen-X crowd, but often out of touch with wider audiences. ...

Ever since his emergence onto the national stage, writer-director Kevin Smith became the idol of aspiring filmmakers everywhere when his independent feature "Clerks" (1994) - made for a startlingly low sum of $27,575 - earned awards at both the Cannes and Sundance film festivals and went on to become a wild success in limited art house release. Self-referential to a fault, Smith used his films to expand his fictional universe populated with a regular cast of characters who eventually crossed over into other mediums, including comic books and an animated television series. Smith was in top form with his third feature, "Chasing Amy" (1997), though he took critical hits for later work like "Dogma" (1999) and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), both of which were admired by rabid fans, but panned by the public at large. Always assured with slacker characters, raunchy dialogue, "Star Wars" (1977) references and endless penis jokes, Smith did occasionally step outside his comfort zone - as he did with "Jersey Girl" (2004) - though such efforts were usually followed up with returns to more of the same, marking Smith as a champion of the Gen-X crowd, but often out of touch with wider audiences.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Yoga Hosers (2015)
2.
  Tusk (2014)
3.
  Red State (2011)
4.
  Cop Out (2010)
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  Clerks II (2006)
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  Jersey Girl (2004) Director
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  Dogma (1999) Director
10.
  Chasing Amy (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Kingdom Come (2012)
3.
 Fanboys (2009)
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5.
 TMNT (2007)
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 Clerks II (2006)
9.
 Southland Tales (2006)
10.
 Bottoms Up (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1991:
Inspired to start a film career after seeing "Slacker," Richard Linklater's film about shiftless youth
1992:
Wrote script for "Clerks"
1994:
Debuted breakthrough film "Clerks" at Sundance Film Festival; Miramax acquired distribution rights; played character of Silent Bob alongside loudmouthed Jay (Jason Mewes)
1994:
Formed production company View Askew
1995:
Released second feature "Mallrats"; first affiliation with actor Ben Affleck
1996:
Signed deal with Carsey-Werner Productions to develop TV sitcom; deal fell apart after Jason Lee (star of "Mallrats") decided he did not want to do a sitcom
1996:
First producing credit (as executive producer) on a movie he did not direct, "Drawing Flies"
1997:
Helmed romantic comedy "Chasing Amy," starring Affleck, Lee, and then-girlfriend Joey Lauren Adams
1997:
Received co-executive producing credit on "Good Will Hunting" for his help getting the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck script made
1998:
<i>Clerks</i>, the Comic Book debuted, offering the continuing adventures of super slackers Dante and Randal
1998:
Rewrote screenplay for straight-to-video "Overnight Delivery"
1999:
Directed "Dogma," featuring Damon and Affleck; also reprised role of Silent Bob, the role he portrayed in his three previous directorial efforts
2000:
Executive produced, wrote, and voiced character of Silent Bob on animated "Clerks" (ABC)
2001:
Directed and co-starred with Jason Mewes in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2004:
Helmed "Jersey Girl," which starred Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler
2006:
Returned to direct "Clerks ll," the sequel to 1994's "Clerks"; reprised role of Silent Bob alongside Mewes' Jay
2007:
Co-starred with Jennifer Garner in "Catch and Release," Susannah Grant's directorial debut
2007:
Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble drama "Southland Tales"
2007:
Helmed "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks
2010:
Directed buddy-cop comedy "Cop Out," starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan
2011:
Wrote and directed his first action thriller "Red State"
2012:
Played supporting role in "For a Good Time, Call..."
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Education

Henry Hudson High School: Highlands , New Jersey -
The New School for Social Research: New York , New York - 1988 - 1989
Vancouver Film School: Vancouver , British Columbia - 1990

Notes

Not to be confused with New Zealand actor Kevin Smith.

Smith owns the comics store Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey. The success of "Clerks" enabled him to buy back the "hawked" collection which had helped finance its making.

His website is www.viewaskew.com

Smith has written a series of comics "Jay & Silent Bob" (based on characters from his films) and "Clerks. (The Comic Book)" as well as teaming with artist Joe Quesada for six issues of Marvel Comics' "Daredevil" (Source: Entertainment Weekly, February 20-27, 1998.)

"Talk is cheap. Production values can come from unlikely sources, such as great dialogue. Special effects and amazing sets are not necessary. Get a strong script. If you're working on your first indie film, you're going to be forgiven for a lot. Don't bang your head against the wall getting it exactly right. Errors you see as blinding other people won't pick up at all." --Smith in The Hollywood Reporter, Independent Producers Special Issue, August 1995.

"Smith cracked up audiences during Q & A sessions after screenings, and charmed reporters. He demonstrated as much talent for dealing with media as Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino. Smith's outrageous wit, warmth, self-deprecation and singular dress (wool trench coat with shorts) give him a unique and winning presence." --From Los Angeles Times, January 6, 1995.

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companion:
Joey Lauren Adams. Actor. Together from c. 1995 to 1997; appeared in "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy".
wife:
Jennifer Schwalbach. Journalist. Born c. 1970; married on April 25, 1999 by a Catholic monk at Skywalker Ranch in California.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald Smith. Retired postal worker. Born c. 1936.
mother:
Grace Smith. Born c. 1949.
daughter:
Harley Quinn Smith. Born on June 26, 1999; mother, Jennifer Schwalbach.

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