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Biography #2 (for Serenity)

Joss Whedon received an Oscar nomination as co-writer of the record-breaking hit Toy Story. He is also the Emmy-nominated creator of the television sensations Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as Firefly, on which his feature film directorial debut, Serenity, is based.

Buffy earned Whedon the SFX Millennium Readers Award for creating The Best Show of All Time. Through all his success on television and in film, Whedon has also kept his hand in the comic book industry, creating Fray for Dark Horse Comics. He is currently writing Astonishing X-Men, a new extension of the singularly successful X-Men series.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in film studies, Joss began his television writing career as a staff writer on the ABC comedy series Roseanne before becoming a producer on the sitcom Parenthood. In addition to Toy Story, his feature film writing credits include Alien: Resurrection and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also contributed (uncredited) to X-Men, Speed and Twister.

The son of TV-writer Tom Whedon (The Dick Cavett Show, Benson, Alice) and grandson of TV-writer John Whedon (The Donna Reed Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show), the third-generation Whedon expanded his range of talents to include music: he composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the musical Buffy episode Once More, With Feeling, which he also directed. The CD of original songs from that landmark episode has sold more than 400,000 units worldwide.

Whedon resides in Los Angeles with his family.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Serenity" (08-Nov-2005)


Biography #3 (for Firefly)

Emmy and Oscar nominee Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood's hottest writers, having scripted several hit films and created some of the most acclaimed hours of television with Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whedon garnered his first Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer entitled Hush. The series was honored with the Founder's Award from Viewers for Quality Television.

Whedon earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay for the animated box office smash Toy Story starring the voices of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. His big-screen writing credits also include the feature films Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alien Resurrection, the fourth film in the Alien series, which starred Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder. He also has worked on the screenplays for the runaway hit Speed and the action-packed adventure Twister.

After receiving a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University, Whedon moved to Los Angeles and landed his first writing job on the staff of Roseanne, working as a story editor and writing several episodes of the top-rated series. He later pulled double duty on the series Parenthood, co-producing and writing a number of episodes.

Writing is clearly in his blood, since Whedon is a third-generation television writer. His father wrote for the likes of The Dick Cavett Show, Alice and Benson, and his grandfather was a successful sitcom writer in the '50s and '60s on The Donna Reed Show and Leave It to Beaver.

In addition to serving as creator and executive producer on Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedon also has written and directed many episodes of both series.

Bio courtesy Fox for "Firefly" (06-Jan-2003)


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