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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith has spent the last 15 years as a writer/director, making Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks II, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Mystifyingly, Smith also sports three DVD releases of his various college Q&A's: An Evening with Kevin Smith; An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder; and A Threevening with Kevin Smith. He's published two books full of essays and blog postings, Silent Bob Speaks and the New York Times bestselling My Boring-Ass Life, as well as Shootin' the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, a collection of the best material from SModcast, Smith and producer Scott Mosier's weekly podcast. Smith has also written for both of the major comic book giants, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, including the award-winning Daredevil, Spider-Man and the Black Cat at Marvel, and the award-winning Green Arrow, Batman: Cacophony, and Batman: The Widening Gyre at DC.

Aside from the films he's directed, Smith has served as a producer on indie efforts, including Bryan Johnson's Vulgar, the multiple Academy Award winner Good Will Hunting, and a pair of Sundance-selected documentaries, Reel Paradise and Small Town Gay Bar.

In addition to filmmaking, Smith occasionally moonlights as an actor, appearing in Live Free or Die Hard and Catch and Release. He also voiced the animated role of the farting Moose in Doogle.

One of the first filmmakers to venture into cyberspace, Smith has built his fan base primarily on the web, via the 13-year-old binary village at www.viewaskew.com. And if the film thing doesn't pan out, there's always retail: Smith owns a comic book store named Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey.

As for the hood ornaments he's collected, there's plenty of tin on display: the Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance, the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critic's Week Award at the Cannes Film Festival, all for Clerks; the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Chasing Amy; and a Humanitas Award for Good Will Hunting.

Smith also received the Defender of Democracy Award from Norman Lear's People for the American Way organization for his production of Dogma. Clerks II won the prestigious Audience Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival as well as the Orbit Dirtiest Mouth Moment at the MTV Movie Awards. For his writing in the comics field, Smith has received a Harvey Award, a Wizard Fan Award and an Eagle Award, and saw his Green Arrow: Quiver named one of 2003's Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Service. In the fall of 2002, the town of Paulsboro, New Jersey named a street after him: Kevin Smith Way. In 2004, the Video Software Dealers Association gave Smith the DVD Visionary Award, and in 2005 he collected the Independent Spirit Award from Britain's Empire Magazine. In April of 2006, this award whore was given UCLA's Jack Benny Award for Comedy, and in 2008 Smith was given the Maverick Award by the Woodstock Film Festival, as well as the Vision Award from the DGA-affiliated Filmmaker's Alliance.

But he'd chuck it all for his wife and kid—Smith married Jennifer in April '99 and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Harley Quinn, in June of that same year. The wedding was not white, to say the least.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Kevin Smith Facts

Birth NameKevin Patrick Smith
BirthdayAugust 2, 1970 (53)
BirthplaceRed Bank, New Jersey, USA
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Selected Filmography

Red State
Chasing Amy
Clerks II
Cop Out
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