Jun. 23rd, 1964
New York City, New York, USA
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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.
- His wife, Kai Cole, gave birth to their son Arden on December 18, 2002.
- In _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv), the idea of a cure developed by Dr. Kavita Rao, Beast's interest in it, and the prominent roles played by Kitty Pryde and Colossus, were inspired by Joss Whedon's story "Gifted" which took place in the first six issues of "Astonishing X-Men".
- Grandson of 'John Whedon' (qv).
- Wrote an introduction for Jim Krugeer and Alex Ross's Marvel Comics's award- winning graphic novel "Earth X."
- Rewrote the script for _Speed (1994/I)_ (qv) uncredited.
- His favorite movie is _The Matrix (1999)_ (qv).
- After receiving a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University, Whedon moved to Los Angeles and landed his first writing job on the staff of _"Roseanne" (1988)_ (qv), working as a story editor and writing several episodes of the top-rated series. He later pulled double duty on the NBC series _"Parenthood" (1990)_ (qv), co-producing and writing a number of episodes.
- Daughter, Squire, born late 2004/early 2005.