Kevin Smith Biography
Kevin Smith born Kevin Patrick Smith, is an American filmmaker, actor, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He was born on August 2, 1970 in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace and Donald E. Smith. He was raised in a Catholic household, in the nearby clamming town of Highlands. He has an older sister, Virginia, and an older brother, Donald Smith, Jr.
Smith attended Henry Hudson Regional High School, where as a B and C student, he would videotape school basketball games and produce sketch comedy skits in the style of Saturday Night Live. After high school, Smith attended the New School in New York, but did not graduate.
Smith attended the Vancouver Film School for four months, where he met longtime collaborators Scott Mosier and Dave Klein but left halfway through the course in order to save money to make his first film.
Smith moved home to New Jersey and got his old job back at a convenience store in Leonardo, and decided to set his film, Clerks, at the store, borrowing the life-in-a-day structure from the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing. Clerks was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994, where it won the Filmmaker’s Trophy. At a restaurant following the screening, Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein invited Smith to join him at his table, where he offered to buy the movie. In May 1994, it went to the Cannes International Film Festival, where it won both the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics’ Week Prize. Released in October 1994 in two cities, the film went on to play in 50 markets, never playing on more than fifty screens at any given time.
Smith’s second film, Mallrats, which marked Jason Lee’s debut as a leading man, did not fare as well as expected after the remarkable success of Clerks. Widely hailed as Smith’s best film, 1997’s Chasing Amy marked what Quentin Tarantino called “a quantum leap forward” for Smith. Smith’s fourth film, Dogma, featured an all-star cast and found itself mired in controversy. The religious-themed 1999 comedy, which starred a post-Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, as well as Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, George Carlin, Alan Rickman, Linda Fiorentino, and Smith regulars Jason Lee and Jason Mewes, raised criticism by the Catholic League. The film debuted at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, out of competition.
Smith is the owner of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, a comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey that is the subject of the reality-television show Comic Book Men. He also hosts the movie-review television show Spoilers. As a podcaster, Smith co-hosts several shows on his own SModcast Podcast Network, including SModcast, Fatman on Batman, and the live show Hollywood Babble-On.
Kevin Smith Age
He was born on August 2, 1970.
Kevin Smith Wife
Smith is married to Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, whom he met while she was interviewing him for USA Today. They got married at Skywalker Ranch on April 25, 1999.
Kevin Smith Daughter – Kevin Smith’s Daughter
Their daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, was born June 26, 1999, and was named after the character from the Batman comics.
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Kevin Smith Net Worth
Kevin Smith has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
Kevin Smith Books
- Silent Bob Speaks (2005)
- My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith (2007)
- Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith (2009)
- Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (2012)
- Jay and Silent Bob’s Blueprints For Destroying Everything (2014)
Kevin Smith Comic Books
- Clerks (with Jim Mahfood, Oni Press, 1998)
- Chasing Dogma (with Duncan Fegredo, Oni Press, 1998–1999)
- Daredevil: Guardian Devil (with Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics, 1998–1999)
- Bluntman & Chronic (with Michael Avon Oeming and Neil Vokes, Image Comics, 2001)
- Green Arrow: Quiver (with Phil Hester, DC Comics, 2001–2002)
- Green Arrow: Sounds of Violence (with Phil Hester, DC Comics, 2002)
- Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do (with Terry Dodson, Marvel Comics, 2002, 2005–2006)
- Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target (with Glenn Fabry, Marvel Comics, 2003)
- Batman: Cacophony (with Walt Flanagan, DC Comics, 2008–2009)
- Batman: The Widening Gyre (with Walt Flanagan, DC Comics, 2009–2010)
- Green Hornet (with Jonathan Lau, Dynamite Entertainment, 2010)
- The Bionic Man (with Jonathan Lau, Phil Hester, Dynamite Entertainment, 2011–2012)
- Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet (with Ty Templeton, DC Comics/Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)
- Batman: Bellicosity (with Walt Flanagan, DC Comics, TBA) *Still in planning*
Kevin Smith Movies – Kevin Smith Films
- Clerks – 1994
- Mallrats – 1995
- Chasing Amy – 1997
- Dogma – 1999
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – 2001
- Jersey Girl – 2004
- Clerks II – 2006
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno – 2008
- Cop Out – 2010
- Red State – 2011
- Tusk – 2014
- Holidays – 2016
- Yoga Hosers – 2016