Writer Tom Whedon, Father of Scribes Joss, Jed and Zack Whedon, Dies at 83

Tom Whedon Dead
Courtesy of Jed Whedon/Instagram

Tom Whedon, a writer and father of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon and scribes Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Whedon’s death was confirmed in an Instagram post on Thursday by Jed Whedon.

“We said goodbye to our dad yesterday. He passed away in relative peace surrounded by his wife, all five of his boys and their loved ones. He gave us the gift of his warmth and humor. We miss him terribly.
Love you dad,” Jed Whedon posted, along with a picture of his father.

Tom Whedon worked as a writer-producer on such 1970s and ’80s sitcoms as “Benson,” “Alice,” “The Golden Girls” and “It’s a Living.” He also wrote for “The Dick Cavett Show” and children’s programs including “The Electric Company” and “Captain Kangaroo.”

Tom Whedon’s father, John Whedon, was also a TV writer who worked on “The Donna Reed Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” among other programs.

Whedon’s survivors also include sons Samuel and Matthew.

Joss Whedon made his mark with the “Buffy” TV series, which ran from 1997 to 2003 on the WB Network and UPN. More recently he was the writer and director of Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers” and its 2015 sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Jed Whedon at present is the showrunner and exec producer of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” Zack Whedon is a writer-producer on AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.” His past credits include AMC’s “Rubicon,” Fox’s “Fringe” and TNT’s “Southland.”

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