Joss Whedon is the writer and director of the worldwide box office smash hit "The Avengers."

Emmy and Oscar nominee Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood's top creators, scripting several hit films and creating one of television's most critically praised shows, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Born in New York on June 23, 1964, Whedon is a third-­generation television writer. His grandfather and father were both successful sitcom writers on shows such as "The Donna Reed Show," "Leave It to Beaver" and "The Golden Girls."

After receiving a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University, Whedon landed his first writing job on the staff of the top-­rated series "Roseanne." He later pulled double duty on the series "Parenthood," co-­producing and writing a number of episodes.

After creating "Buffy" as a feature film script, Whedon brought it to television in 1996, where it became a cult phenomenon. In 2000, Whedon garnered his first Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode entitled "Hush." In 2002, he wrote, composed, and directed a Broadway-­style musical episode entitled "Once More, With Feeling," which received worldwide recognition and spawned an Original Cast Recording soundtrack, which sold more than 400,000 CDs worldwide. In a New York Times Magazine profile, "Buffy" was called "one of the most intelligent, and most underestimated, shows on television." The show won several awards over its run, including Emmys, Saturns, SFXs and a Hugo in its seventh and final season.

In 1998, Whedon developed and produced "Angel" through 20th Century Fox Television and his production company, Mutant Enemy. The "Buffy" spinoff gained a loyal following of its own and ran for five seasons on The WB. In 2002, he followed up with the critically acclaimed sci-­fi drama "Firefly" for the FOX network. In addition to serving as creator and executive producer on "Angel," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly," Whedon also wrote and directed multiple episodes of each series.

He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay with Disney's box-­office smash "Toy Story." His other feature writing credits include "Titan A.E.," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Speed," and "Alien Resurrection." In fall 2005, Whedon made his feature directorial debut with "Serenity," based on the "Firefly" series.

Whedon's musical Internet series titled "Dr. Horrible's Sing-­Along Blog" made its debut online in 2008 and became a smashing success, winning numerous awards such as an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Short-­Format Live-­Action Entertainment Program. Concurrently, Whedon finished his second season, working as the creator, writer and director of his Fox television series "Dollhouse." Following "Dollhouse," Whedon teamed up with fellow "Dr. Horrible," Neil Patrick Harris, to direct an episode of FOX's critically acclaimed series, "Glee." Most recently, Whedon wrote and produced MGM's horror-­thriller feature film "The Cabin in the Woods."

In addition to his television and feature writing, Whedon created "Fray" for Dark Horse Comics, wrote "Astonishing X-­Men" and "Runaways" for Marvel and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season eight for Dark Horse Comics.




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Age: 53 years old
Birthday: June 23, 1964
Height: 5' 10"
Full Name / Real Name: Joseph Hill Whedon
Birthplace: New York, NY
Wife: Kai Cole


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