Joss Whedon is the son of Golden Girls writer Tom Whedon and grandson of Dick Van Dyke Show writer John Whedon. He followed in his family’s footsteps by not only becoming a screenwriter, but also finding success in directing, producing and composing.
Before breaking into the entertainment business, he graduated from Wesleyan University’s film studies program in 1987. After moving to L.A., he found work as a staff writer on Roseanne and Parenthood. During that time, he got his Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie greenlit. Though the 1992 film faired poorly with critics, he found success with the project by turning it into a TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1997 to 2003.
The New York native continued creating shows including Angel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Firefly. Outside of TV, he has penned the scrips for major flicks like Toy Story, The Cabin in the Woods and Justice League. He has also directed films such as The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Serenity.
In February 2021, Buffy alum Charisma Carpenter received support from costars including Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg and Amber Benson when she alleged that Joss abused his power on set. The allegations came after Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher accused him of mistreatment in 2020. Joss has not publicly addressed the accusations.
Joss was married to Kai Cole from 1995 to 2016. The former couple share daughter Squire and son Arden.