A third-generation Hollywood writer, Whedon started out as a story editor on Roseanne before penning the screenplay for the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1992. After reportedly script-doctoring big-budget blockbusters such as Speed and Twister, this geeky scribe resurrected his bloodsucking Buffy franchise by transforming it into a prime-time series in 1997 and creating the spin-off Angel two years later. As the shows' creator, writer, producer and, in the case of a musical episode, songwriter, Whedon maintained complete creative control over his striking blend of dark fantasy and sharp humor. He took another one of his creations, Firefly, on the opposite journey, turning the short-lived series into the movie Serenity in 2005. Since then, Whedon has kept busy with projects in a variety of different mediums: he wrote issues of the comic-book series Runaways, Astonishing X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cowrote the feature film Cabin in the Woods, created the television show Dollhouse and cowrote and directed an Internet musical called "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" during the 2008 writer's strike. Whedon's work frequently centers on tough female protagonists and in real-life he is a feminist and avid supporter of the international human-rights organization Equality Now, which promotes equal rights for women.
- Began his writing career as a story editor for Rosanne in 1989.
- Third-generation TV writer behind his father and grandfather. His grandfather, originally a playwright, later wrote for sitcoms such as The Donna Reed Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. His father was a television writer for Benson and The Golden Girls.
- As well as writing and directing, he also wrote all the songs for the classic musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More With Feeling," which were eventually released on CD.
- First acted on his TV show Angel, playing a demon called Numfar of the Deathwok Clan in the episode "Through the Looking Glass."
- Regards Stephen Sondheim as "the single most influential artist" in his life.
- Is a feminist and an avid supporter of the international human-rights organization Equality Now, which promotes equal rights for women.
- 1995, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
- 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Winner
- John Whedon — Grandfather
- Matthew Whedon — Brother
- Samuel Whedon — Brother
- Jed Whedon — Brother
- Lee Stearns — Mother
- Zack Whedon — Brother
- Squire Whedon — Daughter
- Arden Whedon — Son
- Tom Whedon — Father
- Kai Cole — Wife
- Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (BA in Film Studies, 1987)
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- Birth Name: Joseph Whedon
- Birth Place: New York, NY
- Birthday: June 23, 1964, Cancer
- Profession: Screenwriter, Producer, Director
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