Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Highest Rated: 100% Small Town Gay Bar (2007)

Lowest Rated: 8% Doogal (2006)

Birthday: Aug 2, 1970

Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

One of the most unique voices to emerge during the American independent filmmaking renaissance of the 1990s, Kevin Smith was born in New Jersey on August 2, 1970. Smith later attended the New School for Social Research's creative writing program, dropping out after administrators contacted his parents to report that their son had been caught launching water balloons out of his dormitory window. He subsequently enrolled in the Vancouver Film School, but again ended his stay after just four months. Returning home to New Jersey, Smith accepted a job in a local convenience store and began plotting his next move. Inspired by the success of director Richard Linklater's 1991 low-budget hit Slacker, he contacted former film-school comrade Scott Mosier, and together the duo began discussing producing their own feature.After rounding up just over 27,000 dollars -- collected from parents, credit-card advances, and the sale of Smith's beloved comic book collection -- they shot Clerks, a hilariously scabrous look at American consumer culture steeped in Smith's own experiences behind the cash register. Shooting each night in the same convenience store where the director worked by day, they completed production in just three weeks and began promoting the feature on the festival circuit. In 1994, Clerks debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, becoming the breakout hit of the event. Suddenly Smith, with his flair for raunchy yet heavily stylized dialogue, colorful characterizations, and keen cultural perceptiveness, was the toast of the indie community, swiftly acquiring Creative Artists Agency representation and a distribution deal with Miramax. After winning a court battle to replace the often-vulgar movie's NC-17 rating with a more commercially palatable R, Clerks hit the arthouse circuit, where it recouped its initial investment many times over and became a critical smash. Soon Smith was at work on the 1995 comedy Mallrats, the second chapter in his self-described "New Jersey trilogy." Despite reprising a number of characters from the previous film -- including the director's own onscreen alter ego, Silent Bob -- Mallrats was both a commercial and critical disaster, and while members of his avid cult audience remained enthusiastic, he publicly "apologized" for making the movie at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards ceremony. In 1997, Smith resurfaced with Chasing Amy, the final film in the trilogy and his most mature effort to date. Unlike its predecessor, the film won wide critical acclaim, with many critics praising Smith's insightful exploration of love and loss.In 1999, Smith was back in the spotlight with Dogma, a film centering on the last living descendent of Jesus Christ, a woman named Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) who works as a clerk in an abortion clinic. Unsurprisingly, the film, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, garnered more than its share of controversy even before being released theatrically. Dogma's distributor, the Disney-owned Miramax Pictures, announced that they would not release the picture and intended to sell it to another distributor. They did so, as Smith all the while maintained that the film -- which also starred Alanis Morissette as God -- was about the importance of faith, rather than an attempt to ridicule it.Scaling down his themes somewhat, Smith dedicated his next film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, to the stoner duo who appeared on the sidelines in each of his first four efforts. Prepped for a wide, late-August 2001 release, the 20-million-dollar road comedy seemed affable in terms of overall concept, until a sneak preview left representatives of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) up in arms over the film's derogatory language and recurring gay-sex jokes. Stopping short of issuing an apology, Smith again defended his right to portray uncouth characters: Jay and Silent Bob's homophobia, he argued, further illustrated their idiocy. Unconvinced, Smith's detractors co

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
68% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Silent Bob Screenwriter Director 2019
25% Madness in the Method Actor 2019
No Score Yet Shooting Clerks Actor 2019
No Score Yet Making Fun: The Story of Funko Actor 2018
23% Yoga Hosers Director Screenwriter Bratzi 2016
94% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny Actor 2016
80% Out of Print Actor 2016
50% Holidays Director Screenwriter 2016
No Score Yet DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Actor 2016
85% The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Actor 2015
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Worker 2015
No Score Yet Clerks III Director Screenwriter Actor 2015
No Score Yet Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope Actor 2015
45% Tusk Director Screenwriter 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
No Score Yet Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Silent Bob Screenwriter 2013
42% Filly Brown Executive Producer $2.9M 2013
No Score Yet The Rep Actor 2012
No Score Yet BearCity 2: The Proposal Himself 2012
57% For a Good Time, Call... Cabbie $1.3M 2012
No Score Yet Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell Screenwriter Actor 2012
No Score Yet Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK Director 2012
No Score Yet SModimations Actor 2011
60% Red State Screenwriter Director $1.1M 2011
18% Cop Out Director $44.1M 2010
No Score Yet Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40! Actor 2010
No Score Yet Bear Nation Executive Producer 2010
No Score Yet Popcorn Porn Actor 2009
No Score Yet Don't You Forget About Me Actor 2009
65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno Director Screenwriter $31.4M 2008
32% Fanboys Himself $0.8M 2008
No Score Yet Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith Actor 2008
No Score Yet Suck My Geek! Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Junior Defenders Himself 2007
38% Southland Tales Simon Theory $0.3M 2007
57% Superman: Doomsday Grumpy Man 2007
82% Live Free or Die Hard Warlock $134.6M 2007
100% Small Town Gay Bar Executive Producer 2007
34% TMNT Diner Cook $54.2M 2007
No Score Yet Marvel Then and Now: An Evening with Stan Lee and Joe Quesada Actor 2007
No Score Yet Manchild Actor 2007
22% Catch and Release Sam $15.3M 2007
No Score Yet Train Wreck! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Bottoms Up Rusty 2006
84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated Actor 2006
64% Clerks II Screenwriter Director Producer Silent Bob $24M 2006
No Score Yet An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder Actor 2006
8% Doogal Moose $7.4M 2006
No Score Yet Back to the Well: Clerks II Actor 2006
No Score Yet Warriors of Virtue 2: The Return to Tao Dogon 2005
57% Fuck (F*ck) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi The Next Generation Actor Director 2005
No Score Yet Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman Actor 2005
No Score Yet Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn Actor 2005
No Score Yet Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks Actor 2004
No Score Yet Clerks: The Lost Scene Director 2004
42% Jersey Girl Director Executive Producer Screenwriter 2004
No Score Yet Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party Actor 2004
44% Daredevil Forensic Assistant Kirby $102.5M 2003
No Score Yet The Men Without Fear: Creating Daredevil Actor 2003
23% Vulgar Martan Executive Producer 2002
No Score Yet The Flying Car Director 2002
No Score Yet Now You Know Married Guy 2002
No Score Yet Roadside Attractions Actor Director 2002
No Score Yet Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century Actor 2002
100% An Evening with Kevin Smith Actor 2001
52% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Silent Bob Director Screenwriter $29.9M 2001
No Score Yet Lawless: Beyond Justice Actor 2001
80% Starwoids Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Chasing Kevin Actor 2000
39% Scream 3 Silent Bob 2000
No Score Yet Lucy You Love It Actor 2000
67% Dogma Silent Bob Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet The Blair Clown Project Actor 1999
97% Good Will Hunting Executive Producer 1997
87% Chasing Amy Silent Bob Director Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet A Better Place Producer Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Hiatus Director 1996
40% Drawing Flies Actor Director 1996
No Score Yet McLeod's Daughters Actor 1996
56% Mallrats Screenwriter Director Silent Bob 1995
88% Clerks Screenwriter Producer Director Silent Bob 1994
No Score Yet Gospel According to Matthew Actor 1994
No Score Yet Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary Director Actor 1992
No Score Yet Deadly Jerry 1991
No Score Yet My Daughter's Keeper Claude 1991
No Score Yet Last Train Home Navvy 1990
No Score Yet Screamtime Shop Owner 1985
No Score Yet Crime - It's a Way of LIfe Actor
No Score Yet The Shattered Mind Actor

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist 2019
67% What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage
2019
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2019
2018
2016
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007-2019
Voice Himself 2019
2015
No Score Yet Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker's Wild
2017
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid
2016
Guest 2018
No Score Yet This Is Not Happening
2015
Performer 2018
86% Supergirl
2015
Director 2018
2017
89% The Flash
2014
Producer Director 2018
2016
2015
No Score Yet Comic Book Men
2012-2018
Executive Producer Reality cast member 2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Goldbergs
2013
Director 2017
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014-2017
Appearing Panelist 2017
2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet Ask the StoryBots
2016-2019
Voice 2016
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013-2019
Appearing 2016
2015
No Score Yet Talking Dead
2011
Guest 2016
2015
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012-2016
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Wil Wheaton Project
2014
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
Guest 2013
2011
2010
2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2013
2012
2011
2004
2003
2002
2001
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Face Off
2011-2017
Judge 2012
No Score Yet Spoilers With Kevin Smith
2012
Host 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
Guest 2011
80% Reaper
2007-2009
Executive Producer 2009
2008
2007
No Score Yet Degrassi
2001-2015
Himself 2009
2006
2005
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
Guest 2006
50% Joey
2004-2006
Himself 2005
88% Project Greenlight
2001-2015
Appearing 2005
92% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
Duane Anders 2005
2004
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest 2004
No Score Yet Yes, Dear
2000-2006
Himself 2004
67% Clerks
2000-2002
Executive Producer Voice 2002
2000
No Score Yet Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
1995-1999
Ares Iphicles Jerry Patrick Brown 1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
No Score Yet Xena: Warrior Princess
1995-2001
Ares 1998
1997

QUOTES FROM Kevin Smith CHARACTERS

Jay says: Yo man, tell me something about me.

Rufus says: You masturbate more than anyone on the planet.

Jay says: Aw fuck, everyone knows that. Tell me something nobody knows.

Rufus says: When you do it, you're thinking about guys.

Silent Bob says: !!!!

Jay says: Dude, not all the time.

Silent Bob says: There's a million fine looking girls in the world. But they don't all bring you lasagna to work. Most of them just cheat on you.

John McClane says: "Nice poster."

John McClane says: Nice poster.

Warlock says: "What are you a fan of the Fett?"

Warlock says: What are you a fan of the Fett?

John McClane says: "No, I was always more of a Star Wars person."

John McClane says: No, I was always more of a Star Wars person.

Silent Bob says: Bitch, what you don't know about me I could just about squeeze in the Grand fuckin' Canyon. Did you know I always wanted to be a dancer in Vegas? No? Bet you didn't even know that shit did you?

Silent Bob says: Chasing Amy...

Holden McNeil says: What? What did you say?

Silent Bob says: You're chasing Amy.

Jay says: Whadda you look so shocked for, man? Fat bastard does this all the time. He thinks just 'coz he don't say anything it'll have some huge impact when he does open his fucking mouth-

Silent Bob says: Jesus Christ, why don't you shut up? Always yap-yap--yappin' all the time, gimme a fucking headache.

Silent Bob says: You know, there's a million fine lookin' women in the world dude. But they don't all bring you lasagne at work. Most of 'em just cheat on you.

Silent Bob says: [after throwing Bartleby and Loki off a train; a la Indiana Jones] - No Ticket.

Silent Bob says: [after throwing Bartleby and Loki off a train; a la Indiana Jones] No Ticket.