50 years old (Born on August 02, 1970)
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Actor, Comic book writer; He is famous from Mallrats.As a teenager his girlfriend's mother wrote "Kevin Smith will never be a famous writer." on a sheet of paper and told him that if he ever proved it wrong that she would eat the paper. He still has the sheet of paper, and considers the mother a close friend. However he does not speak with the former girlfriend anymore. Was at one point attached to write the script for Scary Movie 3 (2003). Is an AMPAS member. Because so many people asked him what happened to the characters Jay and Silent Bob between the films Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999), Smith wrote a graphic novel detailing their (mis)adventures between the two films. The book is entitled "Chasing Dogma". Spouse: Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (25 April 1999 - present) 1 child
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Frequently casts Brian O`Halloran, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, and Scott Mosier.
Had a long running feud with Jeff Anderson shortly after Clerks. (1994) was released and ended just before production began on Dogma (1999). This explains Anderson's absence in Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997).
Has maintained that had he not had the success with Clerks. (1994), he would still be a clerk at the Quick Stop and RST Video in Leonardo, New Jersey.
In high school, he video taped his school`s sporting events and town meetings for the local cable access station.
Pitched a superhero movie to Miramax in 1999 and Miramax chairman Harvey Weinstein loved it. It was described as a "Justice League" type of superhero team that has to disband because of the government. Once on their own, the film would follow the same type of format used in Pulp Fiction which would be stories inter connected. In the end the team would have to unite to defeat one of their own, turned villainous. Smith just never got around to writing a full script. It was also pitched to HBO as a possible series.
In a review of Clerks. (1994), one critic described his writing style as "David Mamet meets Howard Stern."
Runs a production company in New Jersey called ViewAskew.
He is a New Jersey Devils fan.
Appeared in the video for "Because I Got High" by Afroman with Jason Mewes.
Directed the Pilot of Reaper (2007) just to prove to himself that he could direct a script that he did not write.
Wrote a short story in his college creative writing course about a serial killer, who also happened to be a priest. He received the best grade in the class.
The reason why there hasn't been a Jay and Silent Bob video game yet, is because Smith wants to be fully involved in the game's creation and he simply does not have the time. He does insist there will one day exist a Jay and Silent Bob video game.
Has three favorite horror movies: "A Nightmare On Elm Street" "C.H.U.D." and "The Evil Dead". He also loves "Halloween".
Graduated from Henry Hudson Regional in Highlands, New Jersey in 1988.
Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Illinois Wesleyan University on May 7, 2000.
His all-time top 5 favorite movies (in no particular order) are: JFK (1991), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Jaws (1975), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Do the Right Thing (1989).
Has considered making a Green Arrow film with Jason Mewes as the lead.
Wrote and produced with Jason Lee, a pilot for a sitcom, to star Lee, called "Hiatus". The premise had Lee's character coming back home to open up a comic book store after living in California for a few years, trying to make it as a struggling actor. Unknown to his family and friends, he was actually a porno star for a while,when he didn't land any "legitimate" work.
Once considered buying a local movie theater in Red Bank New Jersey and showing all kinds of movies. He said one week could be Scorsese themed with Taxi Driver and Mean Streets, then the next week could be superhero themed,like the original Batman and Superman movies.
Attended Vancouver Film School but dropped out halfway through.
Wrote all of his own dialog for the five episodes of "Degrassi: The Next Generation" (2001) that he appeared on.
Has said that after his career is over he`d like to teach film and creative writing courses at a college.
Was approached by Dimension chairman Bob Weinstein to do a Jay and Silent Bob/Hellraiser crossover movie in the same vein as the old Abbott and Costello meets the Wolfman type crossovers. Smith declined.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 408-413. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
References in every movie to Julie Dwyer dying in the YMCA pool.
Harley Quinn, Kevin`s daughter`s name, may also be a play on the Harlequin character from the Italian commedia dell`arte, the same reference that the creators of the Batman character were making.
Shortly after Clerks was released theatrically, Smith taught an acting class at his old high school, Henry Hudson Regional.
At one point or another, he was set to write (and in some cases direct) the big- screen versions of Scooby-Doo (2002), Alien Love Triangle (2002), Daredevil (2003), and "The Six-Million-Dollar Man".
He is Youtube member Blunty3000. (youtube.com)
Sold his comic book collection for money to film Clerks. (1994) and after the film was a success he bought the collection back.
Shot a pictorial of his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, for Playboy Magazine.
Said in his DVD commentary of Dogma (1999) that actress Linda Fiorentino was very difficult to work with, even to the point that she wouldn't speak to him some days. In retrospect he says he wishes he had cast Janeane Garofalo as Bethany instead (Garofalo appears in Dogma as Liz at the abortion clinic).
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000.
Was a guest critic for Ebert & Roeper while Roger Ebert was recovering from throat surgery. He reviewed the films for the weekend of August 12-13, 2006. He gave thumbs-up to World Trade Center (2006), Step Up (2006), and Half Nelson (2006). He gave thumbs-down to Scoop (2006).
Won a Harvey Award, given for achievement in comic books, in 1999 for Best New Talent based on his work with Marvel's Daredevil as well as his comic book series "Clerks" and "Jay & Silent Bob" for Oni.
Wrote the first eight issues of the Marvel Knights series of Daredevil. In the graphic novel edition of all eight issues, the introduction was written by Ben Affleck. Kevin began writing the Green Arrow comics for DC.
Smith`s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith was born. She is named after the character, Harley Quinn, in the "Batman" (1992)(The animated series). [26 June 1999]
He loves Wes Craven's A Nightmare On Elm Street and New Nightmare. Has stated he is a big fan of Freddy Krueger and Robert Englund.
Wrote a script called "Busing" in 1994 for Hollywood Pictures. It was described as "Clerks in a restaurant". Parts of this script became Clerks II (2006).
After Mallrats, pitched an idea he had for a Jaws 5 to Universal. They gave him the go ahead to write a treatment, but he had other projects to work on.
His daughter plays his character, Silent Bob, as a small child in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
Is a fan of actor/stuntman Kane Hodder and has stated a desire to work with him one day.
Had an idea for an science fiction alien themed story that was to be a part of the film anthology called "Alien Love Triangle" but his idea was never used. He has stated an interest in turning his idea into a feature one day.
In the fall of 2002, the town of Paulsboro in New Jersey named a street after him: Kevin Smith Way. This was in response to Smith using the town to film in.
Was hired to write the script for "Superman Lives" (2000). The script was rejected and Tim Burton elected to personally rewrite it.
Is an avid fan of the rock bands Soul Asylum, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Pantera, Sevendust, Nirvana, and Godsmack.
Every one of his View Askewniverse movies happens to feature either one of Smith's ex-girlfriends or his wife: - Kimberly Laughran appeared in Clerks. as Heather Jones and in Dogma as the woman in the elevator. - Joey Lauren Adams appeared in Mallrats as Gwen Turner and in Chasing Amy as Alyssa Jones. - Smith's wife Jennifer Schwalbach Smith appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as Missy and in Clerks II as Emma Bunting.
He is contemplating opening a real Mooby's fast food restaurant.
One of his life long dreams is to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Frequently casts himself, Brian O`Halloran, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, and Scott Mosier.
Cast Alan Rickman as Metatron in Dogma (1999) after learning Rickman was a fan of Chasing Amy (1997).
Once tried to buy a warehouse near his View Askew production office in Red Bank, New Jersey, to convert into sound stages for independent films. He even approached Miramax president Harvey Weinstein to split the bill. However, the warehouse owner wanted too much money.
Tried to produce remakes for C.H.U.D. (1984) and Race with the Devil (1975).
Made a bet with Ethan Suplee (Willam in Mallrats, also in other Kevin Smith films) after filming Mallrats that he could lose more weight in 10 years than Ethan. Ethan won the bet.
Once wrote and produced two pilots for sitcoms. One was called, "Hating Hal" and the other one was "Hiatus".
Wrote and acted in comedy sketches in the town's annual talent show. His comedic writing even made the local papers.
Suspects that he was hired to write the doomed "Superman Lives" script after someone at Warner Brothes saw the exchange in Mallrats between TS and Brodie involving Superman's reproductive habits. Warner executives told Smith to cut a romantic scene between Superman and Lois on Mt. Rushmore. Kevin complained said, "This has the best dialog in the script." Executives responded, "This is a toy movie. People don't care how good the dialog is.".
Played goalie during games of street hockey with his friends Bryan Johnson, Walter Flanagan, and Brian O'Halloran.
While filming Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), accidentally mispronounced Eliza Dushku's last name, and subsequently simply called her "Duck Shoot."
Will not use the opening credit "A Kevin Smith Film" because he believes a film is the work of ALL the people involved, not just the director.
He was the first and only guest on Michael Moore's Fox pilot "Michael Moore Show, The" (1997)_.
Frequently refers to characters from his own movies. Ex: In Chasing Amy, Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) tells Holden (Ben Affleck) that she slept with Shannon Hamilton. Shannon Hamilton was the character Ben Affleck played in Mallrats.
Has stated that he had an idea for a children's book and that he'd like to write it before his little girl reaches her teens.
Always refers to comic books in his films.
Wanted to write and direct a big screen adaptation of the book "Sex and Rockets".
Brother of v*rginia Smith.
Owns a comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob`s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Insists on editing all of his films.
Has two dogs named "Mulder" and "Scully".
In 2005, he appeared as himself in several episodes of the Canadian TV series teen drama, "Degrassi: The Next Generation" (2001). Although he is married in real life, for his appearances on this show, Smith (as a character in the show) is said to be single, in order to allow him to make out with one of the main (adult) characters in the series.
Turned down offers to write and/or direct: "The Hulk", "Iron Man", "The Punisher", "Fantastic Four", "Green Lantern" and "Madman".
Favorite bands: The Police, Talking Heads, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Cure.
During his childhood he was a big fan of Tom Savini`s special effects work.
Did some rewrites for Coyote Ugly (2000).
Godfather of his daughter Harley is Jason Lee.