Joss Whedon
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
Joss Whedon
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American screenwriter, executive producer, film,television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002) and its follow-up film Serenity (2005), and Dollhouse (2009–2010), as well as the web-series Dr.
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Turns Out Joss Whedon Was Actually Comparing Donald Trump To A Dog, Not Ivanka
Huffington Post - 26 days
Joss Whedon is understandably angry. “The Avengers” director is now living in the increasingly dystopian reality that is Donald Trump’s America after campaigning hard for the other side.  A quick look at his Twitter account paints the portrait of a man who, like millions of others, is horrified by the president and his team’s behavior and the policies he’s rolled out in his first week in office.  Whedon is justifiably angry, but not all his anger is being directed in best place. On Tuesday, Whedon tweeted a photo of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom he called “Voldemort in training,” and then seemingly compared Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, to a dog ― specifically, a Pekingese. Hey, keep your eyes on this fucking prize too. He's a Voldemort in training, & unlike the Pekingese he married under, can play the long game pic.twitter.com/SNsuYdqlIp — Joss Whedon (@joss) January 24, 2017 While many read the tweet as a dig at Ivanka (multiple outlets repo ...
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Filmmaker Joss Whedon goes after Paul Ryan with profane tweet
Fox News - about 1 month
Filmmaker Joss Whedon took things to a new level when he took to Twitter with a profane, violent message about House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Violence solves nothing.
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Ron Glass, 'Barney Miller' And 'Firefly' Actor, Dead At 71
Huffington Post - 3 months
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The Most Memorable Political Ads Of The 2016 Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
The 2016 campaign has produced some memorable television. From funny spots to ads that had you reaching for the tissue box, this election cycle exemplified the staying power of political advertising. Here are some ads from 2016 campaigns that we won’t soon forget:  1. A woman begs Texas voters to please elect her husband, who can’t stop prattling about politics around the house. Bonus: hilarious eye-roll action. 2. Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander had perhaps the ad of the cycle when he assembled an AR-15 while blindfolded ― to show his support for background checks. 3. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) dodged a fountain of baby pee in a humanizing ad that featured his wife and daughters. 4. Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American war hero, starred in a tear-jerker produced by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In the ad, Khan asks Donald Trump if his son, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, would “have a place i ...
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The 5 Scariest Places In The World
Huffington Post - 4 months
For Condé Nast Traveler, Caitlin Morton. From hell-themed amusement parks to islands covered with snakes, these are some of the scariest places in the world — visit them if you dare. 1. The Door to Hell, Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan While Joss Whedon led us to believe that the entrance to hell could be found in Sunnydale, California, he was actually some 7,500 miles off. Located in the middle of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan is the “Door to Hell,” a name locals gave to a 230-foot-wide crater that simply won’t stop burning. When Soviet scientists began searching for oil back in 1971, they accidentally hit a methane reserve and the drilling platform collapsed, forming the crater and releasing dangerous gas into the air. The scientists decided to light the crater on fire to burn off the methane, creating a Dante-esque anomaly that has remained lit... for the past 40-plus years. See our list of the most haunted places in America 2. North Yungas Road, Bolivia ...
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Keegan-Michael Key gives an apocalyptic weather 'forecast' in anti-Trump ad
Yahoo News - 4 months
A new anti-Trump ad starring comedian Keegan-Michael Key takes aim at the Republican presidential candidate's climate-denying ways. As Weatherman Frank, Key delivers a grim forecast for the United States ahead of the January 2017 inauguration of a future President Donald Trump. "Heavy stuff, Frank. I guess these days climate change isn't a hoax," the anchor, named Jim, replies. "Only morons think that, Jim," Frank cackles.  "But you know what? It's not all bad news," the weatherman assures viewers. "The rise in both temperature and existential misery will be cooled by the nuclear winter coming in from the Southeast." Save the Day, director Joss Whedon's pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, paid for the ad.  Trump has called human-caused climate change a "hoax" and claimed that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."  The GOP candidate's energy plan calls for producing more oil, coal and natural gas while erasing ...
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Keegan-Michael Key Provides A Bleak Forecast For Trump's America In New Video
Huffington Post - 4 months
If you’ve wondered what the United States would look like if Donald Trump were to become president, a new video created by Joss Whedon’s Save The Day super-PAC might have some answers.  In the clip, comedian Keegan-Michael Key stars as a weatherman named Frank, who provides America’s forecast for the future should Trump become the country’s leader. And let’s just say, that version of the future is bleak. “We are seeing a heavy wave of denial coming in from both coasts, trapping a high blood pressure front right in the heart of the country,” Frank says to his colleague Jim, adding, “Coming down from the northern border, we can expect giggling and smug looks, followed of course by apologies when the Wall Street suckhole pulls the ground out from under all 50 states.”  “Heavy stuff Frank, I guess these days climate change isn’t a hoax,” Jim replies, which garners laughs from Frank. “Only morons think that,” he adds.  Watch the whole video above.  Edito ...
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Joss Whedon returns to Twitter to take on Donald Trump with a new super PAC
LATimes - 5 months
Writer and director of “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Joss Whedon has returned to Twitter after leaving the social media site for 16 months, and he’s come back with a cause. “Save the Day.” It’s the name of a new super PAC spearheaded by the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and...
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Joss Whedon launches 'Save the Day' voting initiative with celebrity superfriends
Yahoo News - 5 months
The Avengers director is back on Twitter with an important message to voters.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joss Whedon
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In March 2016, Whedon contributed a story for the 75th anniversary issue of Captain America: Sam Wilson with Astonishing X-Men collaborator John Cassaday.
    More Details Hide Details Whedon introduced several new characters into the Marvel Universe such as the villainous Ord, X-Men Ruth "Blindfold" Aldine and Hisako "Armor" Ichiki, Runaway Klara Prast, and Special Agent Abigail Brand along with S.W.O.R.D., the organization she commands. After Universal Pictures acquired the film and distribution rights from Fox, Whedon started writing the screenplay for Serenity. Transforming the series into a film, he says, " was the hardest piece of writing I've ever done... It had to be self-contained and work as a movie, which meant I had to cope with problems like introducing nine main characters who'd already met!" The script was based on unused story ideas for Fireflys unfilmed second season. On writing the dialogue, Whedon felt that part of it came from "getting to invent the language", which "once I had... reads like a kind of poetry". The narrative centers on Captain Malcolm Reynolds as the hero accompanied by River Tam acting as the catalyst for what he does.
    In January 2016, Whedon announced that he will no longer work with Marvel.
    More Details Hide Details To create Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon established Bellwether Pictures. He filmed it in black-and-white on digital video over a period of 12 days at his residence in Santa Monica, California. The film was scripted, produced, directed, edited and composed by Whedon, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. His idea to adapt the play for the screen originated from having "Shakespeare readings" at his house with several of his friends, years prior. Despite the play's comedy, he discovered that there were elements in the text "of debauchery" that brought out a core darkness, and said the visual nature of film influenced him to permeate a motif of sexuality into the script. Whedon wrote and executive produced the paranormal romance film In Your Eyes, the second feature by Bellwether Pictures. The film tells the story of Rebecca Porter and Dylan Kershaw who can feel each other's emotions, but are ultimately strangers. Whedon's script marked a theme of human connection as the metaphor for the couple's mysterious link. He conceived the idea in the early 1990s, and had written drafts of the screenplay since then.
  • 2015
    Age 50
    In 2015, Whedon signed a petition as part of a political campaign calling for Elizabeth Warren to run for President of the United States.
    More Details Hide Details In observance of Earth Day, he spoke against climate change denial in a series of tweets, arguing, "The climate IS changing—if we can't, that makes us dumber than weather… Policy makers who deny basic scientific truth should also be denied penicillin, horseless carriages, and air time on the magic box of shadows". Whedon has written, directed and produced a number of films and television series.
    News website Digital Spy released in early 2015 an interview they had conducted with Whedon, during which he criticized the entertainment industry for its "genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny".
    More Details Hide Details Whedon exemplified The Hunger Games film series as an argument for female led franchises, and hoped Marvel Studios would pursue production of more such franchises. Whedon often hires the same actors for his projects, and has been described as "the gravitational center of the Whedonverse, a galaxy that spins recurring actors and themes through an orbital system of TV shows, films and comic books that all share similar traits: a unique brand of witty dialogue, relatable characters and fantasy/sci-fi mythology". Note: Due to the frequency Whedon casts the same actors in various projects, the above list only includes those that have played three or more different roles in a Whedon production (actors that have only played the same role in multiple Whedon productions are not included). Whedon is married to Kai Cole, who is an architect and the producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. They have two children, Arden and Squire, and live in Los Angeles.
    At the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International, Whedon announced Twist, which was described as a comic book about "a Victorian female Batman".
    More Details Hide Details Early in his career, Whedon sold two spec scripts that were not produced, Suspension and Afterlife. He sold Suspension for $750,000, with an additional $250,000 if production had commenced. In September 2014, Empire suggested the script was being made, with Liam Neeson attached to the project. In 1994, he sold Afterlife for $1.5 million, with an additional $500,000 if production had commenced. In 2000, Andy Tennant was in talks to direct and rewrite. In Afterlife there were precursors to themes Whedon would later explore in Dollhouse. The script was about Daniel Hoffstetter, a government scientist, who awakes after dying to discover his mind has been imprinted on a mind-wiped body. Whedon had a number of planned Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoffs that became stuck in development or terminally stalled. Among these were Buffy the Animated Series, a set of television movies for The WB based on Angel and Buffy characters, and Ripper, a proposed BBC pilot about Rupert Giles.
    Whedon returned to write and direct the sequel to The Avengers, following the deal with Marvel Studios, which expired in June 2015.
    More Details Hide Details On the matter of approaching a sequel, Whedon reasoned not to go "bigger", but "deeper", and likened it to digging with a scalpel to cause pain. He said of the film's characters, "Strong but damaged by power describes every person in this movie. It may, in fact, describe what the movie is about... the more power that we have, the less human we are". Whedon discerns that Age of Ultron "is an odd film" that proved challenging when it came to finding the rhythm between both its calm and exciting moments. Drawing parallels to a symphony, he wanted to bring about "grace in the middle of ultimate chaos". Whedon also served as a creative consultant on the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to Age of Ultron. He rewrote some dialogue for Thor: The Dark World, directed the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and suggested that James Gunn make Guardians of the Galaxy "weirder" after reading an early draft. Whedon said it was unlikely that he would return to make another sequel, stating that he "couldn’t imagine doing this again". He remarked that not having created his own fictional universe in over five years felt wrong and intended to use the proceeds made from Avengers: Age of Ultron for such ventures.
  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    In summer 2014, Whedon encountered artist Shawnee Kilgore on Kickstarter.
    More Details Hide Details Whedon funded her album and when Kilgore contacted him about his fulfillment reward, he suggested they make a song together. She agreed, and the collaboration was later repurposed into producing an EP.
  • 2012
    Age 47
    Endorsing Barack Obama in the 2012 United States presidential election, Whedon satirically equated Mitt Romney's future as president with a zombie apocalypse, "Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks in health care, education, social services and reproductive rights that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting—all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland".
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    In August 2012, Whedon signed a deal to develop the Marvel TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC.
    More Details Hide Details The series focuses on the secret military law-enforcement agency featured throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created by Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, the show involves individuals who possess powers within the spectacle of science fiction, while also focusing on "the peripheral people... the people on the edges of the grand adventures". The character Phil Coulson was resurrected after his death in The Avengers to helm the show. Whedon spoke about certain complications that factored in with making the show for Marvel, noting confusion between him and the company regarding the degree to which they wanted him to create it, citing their demand that he prioritize Avengers: Age of Ultron. He eventually regretted his decision to bring back Phil Coulson, feeling that his death had lost meaning as a result.
    In March 2012, Whedon stated that although television involves more compromise than film:
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    In July 2010, it was confirmed that Whedon would write and direct The Avengers, a live-action adaptation of the superhero team of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details On his desire to take on the film, he explained that the core of the movie was about "finding yourself from community" and the togetherness derived from a group that ultimately doesn't belong together. It became the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time at the North American box office, and received considerable praise from critics. In retrospect, Whedon thought the film had "imperfections", begrudging its quality in comparison to that of The Matrix and The Godfather Part II. Nonetheless, he felt he "pulled off" the endeavor of making a summer movie reminiscent of those from his childhood.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    Whedon co-wrote and produced a horror-comedy film titled The Cabin in the Woods with director Drew Goddard, which finished production in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Whedon and Goddard both intended to make a film that concerned horror movies while still preserving the fun and frightening elements necessary to itself be a horror film. The script was written in three days, producing a minimum of 15 pages a day. Whedon described it as an attempt to revitalize horror, calling it a "loving hate letter" to the genre, continuing: Part of what Whedon thought distinguished it from other horror films was that people were not expendable—"As a culture, for our own entertainment, we tend to assume that they are". He reiterated his sentiment that the introduction of torture porn into this genre was becoming an exercise in nihilism and misogyny as a means to promote distress instead of trying to scare you.
    In 2009, Whedon created his fourth television series Dollhouse, and explored themes throughout the show that were initially present in an unproduced spec script of his called Afterlife.
    More Details Hide Details The series follows Echo, whose brain is programmed to accomplish various assignments, on her journey towards self-awareness. As stated by Whedon, Dollhouse was about "the sides of us that we don't want people to see", sexuality and, on some level, a celebration of perversion, which he equates to obsession, "the thing that makes people passionate and interesting and worthy". Despite low ratings in its first season, the series was renewed for a second and final season. The reason for the renewal given by Fox's president of entertainment was to avoid any backlash that would have resulted from its cancelation. In reflection of Fox's disruptive involvement, Whedon lamented the loss of ideas of identity and moral culpability, stating that they were dancing around them in the process which then devolved it into a procedural.
    Whedon was awarded Best Directing and Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series at the Streamy Awards, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, and a Creative Arts Emmy Award in 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In 2007, Whedon expressed his outrage over the murder of Du'a Khalil Aswad, and because the act was caught on video, was prompted to attack the underlying attitude he felt led to the murder, comparing the video to torture porn.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2013, Whedon spoke at an Equality Now event, where he issued a pointed dissection of the word "feminist". He begins to say, "I have the privilege living my life inside of words... but part of being a writer is also living in the very smallest part of every word". Arguing against the suffix "-ist", he continues, "you can't be born an –ist. It's not natural". Whedon explains that because of this, the word "includes the idea that believing men and women to be equal... is not a natural state. That we don't emerge assuming that everybody in the human race is a human. That the idea of equality is just an idea that's imposed on us " This sparked an unfavorable reaction from the feminist community, but also an appreciation for Whedon's arguments' thought provocation.
    Whedon was hired to write and direct a Warner Bros. adaptation of Wonder Woman. However, in February 2007, Whedon announced that he would no longer be involved with the project. "We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work.
    More Details Hide Details Non-sympatico. It happens all the time". Conversely, he stated, "the fact of the matter is, it was a waste of my time. We never wanted to make the same movie; none of us knew that". Whedon also pitched a screenplay to adapt Batman for the same company as development started on what would eventually become Batman Begins. It was described as having included a new, "more of a 'Hannibal Lecter' type" villain, and portrayed Bruce Wayne as "a morbid, death-obsessed kid" whose grief was overcome by protecting a girl from being bullied in an alley similar to where his parents were murdered. The sequel to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog has been shelved on multiple occasions. In 2009, Whedon remarked upon the possibility of presenting it in the form of another miniseries or a feature film. The script was planned to be written in summer 2012 and the principal photography to take place the following year. However, production was delayed because of his commitment to projects at Marvel Studios.
    As a response to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Whedon directed, co-wrote and produced Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
    More Details Hide Details It tells the story of Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain, who shares a love interest in a girl named Penny with his nemesis, Captain Hammer. To Whedon the miniseries was "a project of love", an accomplishment that from their excitement would be embellished with passion and "ridiculousness". His half brothers Zack and Jed and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen share the other writing credits. Whedon said it was a "glorious surprise" to him to discover how well they worked together. After having attended meetings with companies discussing the prospect of producing something for the Internet, and faced with negative feedback on his ideas, he realized that as long as the strike was still in progress, acquiring corporate funding was an unlikely prospect. Whedon funded the project himself with the investment of just over $200,000, and earned more from it than he did directing The Avengers. He enjoyed the independence gained from it, as it provided him the freedom to include content without the expectancy of lessening it on behalf of the runtime. He and Jed composed the music, parts of which were influenced by Stephen Sondheim.
    As a guest director, he contributed two 2007 episodes of The Office ("Business School" and "Branch Wars") and a 2010 episode of Glee ("Dream On").
    More Details Hide Details Denoting this period, Whedon has said, "I had free time, but I'm pretty sure I mean my career was on the skids". In collaboration with Fábio Moon, Whedon created the free webcomic titled Sugarshock!, as part of the revival of Dark Horse Presents, which was launched on Myspace. Whedon later executive produced another free comic book on the Internet, Serenity: The Other Half.
  • 2005
    Age 40
    The limited three-issue comic book series called Serenity: Those Left Behind, the story of which was written by Whedon, was released in 2005 as a tie-in to Serenity.
    More Details Hide Details Set between Firefly and the film, it was intended to bridge the two storylines together. Serenity: Better Days also spanned three issues, and was written by Whedon and Brett Matthews. Whedon later co-wrote The Shepherd's Tale with his half brother Zack.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    In 2004, Whedon created the comic book line Astonishing X-Men.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his 24 issue run in 2008 and then handed over the writing reins to Warren Ellis. One storyline from this comic, the notion of a cure for mutation being found, was also an element in the third X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand. In February 2009, Astonishing X-Men #6, which depicted the return of Colossus to the title, and concluded Whedon's first story arc, was named by readers as #65 in Marvel's Top 70 Comics of all time. Taking over after series creator Brian K. Vaughan completed his run, Whedon became the second writer of the Marvel comic Runaways. Having already been a committed reader, he had a letter published in the first volume, which was included in the Volume 1 hardcover edition. He also wrote short pieces for Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1, and was the subject of an issue of Marvel Spotlight (alongside artist Michael Lark). As part of a panel of writers, he contributed to Marvel Comics' Civil War crossover event, lending advice in how to tell the story and how to end it.
  • 1998
    Age 33
    The series' original concept progressed after Whedon read The Killer Angels, a book on the Battle of Gettysburg, and watched Outlaw Star, a space-western anime that first aired in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details An ever present element was Whedon's injection of anti-totalitarianism, writing into the show a historical analogy of the Battle of Gettysburg, the "Battle of Serenity Valley". The beaten soldiers were called "Browncoats" after the brown dusters they wore as their uniforms. Whedon said, "I wanted to play with that classic notion of the frontier: not the people who made history, but the people history stepped on—the people for whom every act is the creation of civilization". Firefly was written as a serious character study, encompassing what Whedon called "life when it's hard", and in elaboration was about "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things". The fusion of American frontier and outer space motifs was not well received by critics, and despite critical praise in other respects, the show had an average of 4.7 million viewers at the time and was ranked 98th in Nielsen ratings, which led to the series' cancelation by Fox. Whedon took to Universal Pictures as a means of achieving a continuation of the story. Following Firefly was Serenity, a follow-up film taking place after the events of the final episode. This developed into a franchise that led to graphic novels, books and other media. New Scientist magazine held a poll in 2005 to find "The World's Best Space Sci-Fi Ever", in which Firefly and Serenity took first and second place, respectively. Since its cancellation, the series has attained cult status.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In 1997, Whedon created his first TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    More Details Hide Details The series depicts Buffy Summers, the latest in a line of young women called to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. The idea came directly from his aversion to seeing the Hollywood formula of "the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed in every horror movie". Whedon said he wanted to subvert the idea and create someone who was a hero. This conception came from "the very first mission statement of the show, which was the joy of female power: having it, using it, sharing it". The writing process came together from conversations about the emotional issues facing Buffy Summers, and how she would confront them in her battle against supernatural forces. Whedon usually directed episodes from his own scripts that held the most cathartic moments in Buffy's story. The series received numerous awards and nominations, including an Emmy Award nomination for the 1999 episode "Hush". The 2001 episode "The Body" was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2002, and the fall 2001 musical episode "Once More, with Feeling" was nominated for a Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo Award and a Best Script Nebula Award. The final episode "Chosen" was nominated for a Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Hugo Award in 2003. All written and directed by Whedon, they are considered some the most effective and popular episodes of the series.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 24
    From 1989 to 1990, Whedon worked as a staff writer on the sitcoms Roseanne and Parenthood.
    More Details Hide Details As a script doctor, Whedon was an uncredited writer on films like The Getaway, Speed, Waterworld, Twister and X-Men. X-Men reportedly contained only two dialogue exchanges of Whedon's contribution, but the final cut of Speed left in most of his dialogue. At the same time as script consulting, he wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer—the film that would precede the series—Alien: Resurrection and an early draft for Atlantis: The Lost Empire and co-wrote Toy Story and Titan A.E., the former of which earned him a shared Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Whedon has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the released versions of the films Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Titan A.E. and Alien: Resurrection.
  • 1987
    Age 22
    Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details There, he also studied under renowned academic Richard Slotkin. After leaving Wesleyan, Whedon came up with the first incarnation of Buffy Summers, "Rhonda, the Immortal Waitress".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born in New York City on June 23, 1964 as Joseph Hill Whedon, and being a third-generation TV writer, he is the son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for Alice in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and the grandson of John Whedon, who worked on The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Ann Lee (née Jeffries) Stearns, originally from Kentucky, was a teacher at Riverdale Country School as Lee Whedon, and an aspiring novelist. His parents had both acted, and appeared in a play together at the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. Whedon is the younger sibling of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older sibling of writers Jed and Zack Whedon. At a young age, he showed great interest in British television with shows like Masterpiece and Monty Python. Whedon attended Riverdale Country School in New York City where his mother taught history. He then spent three years at Winchester College in England, where, taking note of omnipresent bullying, he concluded, "it was clear to me from the start that I must take an active role in my survival".
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