Fast Facts

  • Briefly attended Vancouver Film School and went to work at a convenience store in Leonardo, N.J. 
  • Was inspired to write his breakthrough movie, Clerks, after watching Slacker, Richard Linklater's 1991 independent comedy.
  • Filmed Clerks in three weeks at the convenience store where he worked for only $27,575; raised part of the budget by selling his extensive comic-book collection.
  • Served as executive producer on Ben Affleck's Good Will Hunting, with whom he often works (Chasing Amy; Jersey Girl). 
  • Secretly married his wife at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.
  • Named daughter Harley Quinn after The Joker's girlfriend in the Batman comic books.
  • Wrote Daredevil, Green Arrow and Spider-Man comics.
  • Received honorary doctorates of humane letters from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2000 and Montclair State University in 2004.
  • In 2010, was famously forced to leave a Southwest Airlines flight for being overweight.


  • 1994, Cannes Film Festival — Young Cinema Prize: Winner
  • 1994, Sundance Film Festival — Filmmakers Trophy: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2000, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Nominee


  • Donald Smith Jr. — Brother
  • Donald Smith — Father
  • Jennifer Schwalbach Smith — Wife
  • Joey Lauren Adams — Ex-significant Other
  • Harley Quinn Smith — Daughter
  • Grace Smith — Mother
  • Virginia Smith — Sister


  • Attended The New School for Social Research, New York, NY; Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Birth Name: Kevin Patrick Smith
  • Birth Place: Highlands, NJ
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Producer, Comic-book writer

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