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Kevin Smith



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 i

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Yoga Hosers
  • Director
  • Bratzi
  • Screenwriter
2016
80% Out of Print
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Shooting Clerks
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Clerks III
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2015
41% Tusk
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
  • Screenwriter
  • Silent Bob
2013
45% Filly Brown
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet The Rep
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet BearCity 2: The Proposal
  • Himself
2012
56% For a Good Time, Call...
  • Cabbie
2012
No Score Yet Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet SModimations
  • Actor
2011
59% Red State
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
19% Cop Out
  • Director
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
2008
32% Fanboys
  • Himself
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
36% Southland Tales
  • Simon Theory
2007
57% Superman: Doomsday
  • Grumpy Man
2007
82% Live Free or Die Hard
  • Warlock
2007
100% Small Town Gay Bar
  • Executive Producer
2007
34% TMNT
  • Diner Cook
2007
No Score Yet Marvel Then and Now: An Evening with Stan Lee and Joe Quesada
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Manchild
  • Actor
2007
21% Catch and Release
  • Sam
2007
No Score Yet Train Wreck!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Bottoms Up
  • Rusty
2006
84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  • Actor
2006
63% Clerks II
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Silent Bob
  • Screenwriter
2006
No Score Yet An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
  • Actor
  • Director
2006
8% Doogal
  • Moose
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
56% Fuck (F*ck)
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi The Next Generation
  • Director
  • Actor
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 Green Hornet
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Clerks: The Lost Scene
  • Director
2004
41% Jersey Girl
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party
  • Actor
2004
44% Daredevil
  • Forensic Assistant Kirby
2003
No Score Yet The Men Without Fear: Creating Daredevil
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Split Screen
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels
  • Actor
2002
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
53% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Silent Bob
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2001
No Score Yet Lawless: Beyond Justice
  • Actor
2001
80% Starwoids
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Chasing Kevin
  • Actor
2000
36% Scream 3
  • Silent Bob
2000
No Score Yet Lucy You Love It
  • Actor
2000
67% Dogma
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Silent Bob
1999
No Score Yet The Blair Clown Project
  • Actor
1999
97% Good Will Hunting
  • Executive Producer
1997
88% Chasing Amy
  • Director
  • Silent Bob
  • Screenwriter
1997
No Score Yet Hiatus
  • Director
1996
40% Drawing Flies
  • Director
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet McLeod's Daughters
  • Actor
1996
55% Mallrats
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Silent Bob
1995
88% Clerks
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Silent Bob
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet Gospel According to Matthew
  • Actor
1994
40% Desperate Remedies
  • Lawrence Hayes
1993
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 Curse of the Crimson Altar
  • Drunk
1970
No Score Yet Crime - It's a Way of LIfe
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Shattered Mind
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Face Off
2011
  • Judge
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest

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