Joss Whedon

Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story (1995)
Birthday: Jun 23, 1964
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Born June 23rd, 1964, screenwriter Joss Whedon earned fame and industry standing as the writer, director, and producer of the popular WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which he based on his 1992 film of the same name. A third-generation television writer (both his father and grandfather wrote for the medium), Whedon grew up in Manhattan and spent his high school years at an all-boys school in England. Following higher education at Connecticut's Wesleyan University, he spent a year mired in creative and career frustration, an ordeal that ended when he was hired as a writer for the sitcom Roseanne.Whedon stayed with the show for a year, quitting when he sold his first film script. The resulting movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), was a disappointment, and Whedon subsequently found work writing (often in an uncredited capacity) for a number of high-profile films, including the lavishly praised and hugely popular Toy Story (1995). In 1997, Whedon resurrected his story of a teenaged vampire-slaying valley girl, creating the much more popular TV version; within a short time, the series was hailed as one of the best on television, and it had accumulated a large and loyal fan base. That same year, Whedon wrote the script for Alien Resurrection. In 1999, as a measure of Buffy's success, Whedon created Angel, a spin-off of his original show. Like Buffy, it soon boasted a loyal fan base, as well as largely favorable reviews. The next year, he co-wrote the script for the animated sci-fi adventure Titan A.E. He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the almost entirely silent Buffy episode "Hush," a considerable achievement given the show's supernatural/fantasy bent and the fact that it did not air on a major network.In 2002, Whedon created yet another TV series, this time a "sci-fi Western" called Firefly. The showed was short-lived, lasting only 12 episodes before being canceled (three more episodes were unaired but eventually released on DVD). The next year saw the final season of Whedon's much-loved Buffy, which had lasted seven seasons, with Angel quick to follow suit. Though fans rallied to keep the series on the air, Angel was canceled in 2004 after five seasons. With fans mourning the end of the "Buffy-verse" and amidst rampant speculation of more spin-offs, Whedon surprisingly announced that his next project would be a movie version of his failed television show Firefly. He quickly had a script ready, and the film, entitled Serenity (after the spaceship from the series), went into production that same year and was released in 2005.Whedon had a similar experience with Dollhouse in 2009, which was cancelled due to low ratings after a two season run. 2012 would prove a much better year for Whedon, who produced the hit horror comedy Cabin in the Woods, and directed the summer blockbuster The Avengers.


Highest Rated Movies



40% Justice League Screenwriter $227.1M 2017
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron Screenwriter Director $429.2M 2015
67% Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show Actor 2014
61% In Your Eyes Executive Producer Screenwriter 2014
86% Much Ado About Nothing Screenwriter Director Producer $4.3M 2013
92% Marvel's The Avengers Screenwriter Director $623.3M 2012
91% The Cabin in the Woods Producer Screenwriter $42.1M 2012
83% Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope Executive Producer $35.2K 2012
No Score Yet Goners Director 2011
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition) Screenwriter 2007
No Score Yet What's in a Firefly Actor 2005
83% Serenity Screenwriter Director $25.4M 2005
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga Actor 2002
49% Atlantis - The Lost Empire Screenwriter $83.6M 2001
No Score Yet The Buffy Musical: Once More with Singing Director 2001
51% Titan A.E. Screenwriter 2000
100% Toy Story Screenwriter 1995
94% Speed Screenwriter 1994
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet The Buffy Musical: Once More, With Feeling Director


95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Executive Producer Screenwriter Creator Director Producer
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No Score Yet Colbert Report
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2012
71% Glee
  • 2010
48% Dollhouse
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  • 2010
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No Score Yet Robot Chicken
  • 2008
89% The Office
  • 2007
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  • 2005
92% Veronica Mars
  • 2005
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88% Angel
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85% Firefly
Executive Producer Screenwriter Director Producer
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81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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76% Roseanne
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