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Joss Whedon Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Whedon
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Screenwriter, producer, director

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: winner
  • 1995Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated