was born in 1964 in New York and is best known as a screenwriter and
television creator. He is a third generation television writer,
following his father and grandfather in the field.
Whedon moved to Los Angeles after he completed his studies at Wesleyan
University. He began his writing career in the television industry by
writing for the sitcom, Roseanne. From that job, he moved to work as a
script doctor for a number of films.
In 1992, Whedon’s film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, earned him industry
recognition and commercial success. He would go on to use the film’s
concept as the basis for the television show of the same name. The
television version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer launched in 1997.
Buffy was followed by a spin-off series, Angel, and Whedon’s work
developed a cult following. His next program, the short-lived space
western, Firefly, and Serenity, the film based on the series, became
known as cult classics. Whedon’s last television series, Dollhouse,
aired for two seasons before being cancelled for low viewership.
Whedon’s devoted fan base has largely followed his work in a variety of
media. He has also written successful comic books, including Fray. He
created an online musical series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, with
two of his brothers.
Recently, Whedon has focused on films. He co-wrote the 2012 film The
Cabin in the Woods with Drew Goddard. He also wrote and directed the
2012 film adaptation of The Avengers, for which he has had significant
praise from audiences, critics, and the film industry.