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Kevin Smith Biography

Birth Name:
Kevin Patrick Smith
Birth Place:
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer, comic-book writer

Fast Facts

  • Briefly attended Vancouver Film School and went to work at a convenience store in Leonardo, N
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  • 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


  • 2000Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 1998Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: nominated
  • 1994Sundance Film Festival-Filmmakers Trophy: Dramatic: winner
  • 1994Cannes Film Festival-Young Cinema Prize: winner