Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Whedon in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Joseph Hill Whedon

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 23, 1964

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish

Joss Whedon is an American writer, director, producer, composer, and actor.

He is the son of Ann Lee (Jeffries) Stearns, a teacher, and Tom Whedon (Thomas Avery Whedon), a television writer. He is the brother of screenwriter and musician Jed Whedon and filmmaker and comic book artist Zack Whedon. Joss has two children with his former wife, architect and producer Kai Cole. His brother Zack is married to playwright and actress Eliza Clark, the sister of actor Spencer Treat Clark.

Joss’s paternal grandfather was John Whedon (John Ogden Whedon, the son of Burt Denison Whedon and Marian/Miriam Jameson Steele). John was born in New York, and was a television writer. Burt was the son of Charles Ogden Whedon and Ellen Frances Denison. Marian was the daughter of John Whedon Steele and Ella Frances Clark.

Joss’s paternal grandmother was Louise Carroll Angell (the daughter of Ralph Carroll Angell and Edna Louise White). Joss’s grandmother Louise was born in Washington.

Joss’s maternal grandfather was James Harvey Jeffries (the son of James Harvey Jeffries and Anna G. Huguely). Joss’s grandfather James was born in Kentucky. Joss’s great-grandfather James was the son of James Harvey Jeffries and Mary Ramsey. Anna was the daughter of Squire Level Hugueley and Sarah Frances Gillian.

Joss’s maternal grandmother was Anna Lee Hill (the daughter of Chester A./E. Hill and Nora Selby Lee). Anna was born in Kentucky. Nora was the daughter of Orleans Lee and Nora Selby.

Sources: Genealogies of Joss Whedon (focusing on his father’s side) –

Joss’s paternal grandfather, John Ogden Whedon, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Joss’s paternal grandmother, Louise Carroll Angell, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Louise Carroll Angell on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Joss’s maternal grandfather, James Harvey Jeffries, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Joss’s maternal grandmother, Anna Lee Hill, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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