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Joseph Hill Whedon

June 23, 1964 (1964-06-23) (age 57)
Alma mater Wesleyan University
  • Filmmaker
  • comic book writer
  • composer
Years active 1989–present
Kai Cole
(m. 1995; div. 2016)
Children 2
Parent(s) Tom Whedon (father)
Ann Lee (née Jeffries) Stearns (mother)

Joseph Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, comic book writer, and composer. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of several television series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002), Dollhouse (2009–10), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (from 2013).

Whedon co-wrote the Pixar animated film Toy Story (1995), wrote and directed the Firefly film continuation Serenity (2005), co-wrote and directed the Internet miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008).

He wrote and directed the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films The Avengers (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and also co-wrote the script for the DC Extended Universe superhero film Justice League (2017), for which he also served as director on re-shoots. Whedon has written, directed and produced a number of films and television series.

On July 13, 2018, HBO obtained the rights to The Nevers, a "sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world", on which Whedon will serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner.

Early life

Born in New York City and being a third-generation TV writer, he is a son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for Alice in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and a grandson of John Whedon, who worked on The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, as well as writing for radio shows like The Great Gildersleeve. At a young age, he showed great interest in British television with series like Masterpiece and Monty Python.

Whedon attended Riverdale Country School in New York City where his mother taught history. He then spent three years at Winchester College in England. Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2013. After leaving Wesleyan, Whedon came up with the first incarnation of Buffy Summers, "Rhonda, the Immortal Waitress".

Personal life

In 1995, Whedon married Kai Cole, an architect, producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. They have two children together. Whedon and Cole separated in 2012, and divorced in 2016.

In 2013, Whedon revealed that he suffers from workaholism. This arose during the time that followed the completion of Much Ado About Nothing, which was made in the span of a two-week vacation from The Avengers, and after making the pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. amidst the pre-production for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

A committed humanist, Whedon was presented with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

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