Whedonverse - The Joss Whedon Actor Stable

by lee-coursey | created - 28 Aug 2013 | updated - 02 Apr 2016 | Public

The Joss Whedon Actor Stable: Actors frequently used in Joss Whedon productions, especially TV shows and movies for which he is the producer/director. Specifically, TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly, plus movies like Last Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

1. Fran Kranz

Actor | The Cabin in the Woods

Francis Elliott "Fran" Kranz is an American film, television and Broadway actor. Kranz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started acting in third and fourth grade, and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an actor. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1999 and...

Appeared the the Dollhouse TV series.

2. Amy Acker

Actress | Angel

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during ...

A regular on Angel and on Dollhouse. Spectacular in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

3. Nathan Fillion

Actor | Castle

Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of ...

Firefly, duh.

4. Eliza Dushku

Actress | Bring It On

Eliza Dushku was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Judith (Rasmussen), a political science professor, and Philip R. Dushku, a teacher and administrator. Her father is Albanian and her mother is American (of Danish, Irish, English, and German descent). She was discovered at the end of a five-month ...

The star of Dollhouse and a regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

5. Alexis Denisof

Actor | The Avengers

Alexis Denisof was born on February 25, 1966 in Salisbury, Maryland, USA. He is an actor, known for The Avengers (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Justice League: Doom (2012). He has been married to Alyson Hannigan since October 11, 2003. They have two children.

6. Dichen Lachman

Actress | Lust for Love

Dichen Lachman was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, to a Tibetan mother and Australian father. Until the age of seven, she lived in Kathmandu with her parents and extended family. Following that, she moved to Adelaide, Australia, with her parents. After dropping out of university, Dichen took up acting ...

7. Summer Glau

Actress | Serenity

Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel (1999). She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly (2002) as well as its follow-up movie Serenity (2005) and the TV series ...

8. Alan Tudyk

Actor | Rogue One

Alan Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Plano, where he attended Plano Sr. High. In 1990, he went on to study drama at Lon Morris Jr. College. While there, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama. He was also named Most Likely to Succeed and Sophomore Beau. During this ...

9. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of half Russian Jewish and half Hungarian Jewish descent.

Eating in a local ...

10. David Boreanaz

Actor | Bones

David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually ...

11. Tahmoh Penikett

Actor | Trick 'r Treat

He is the son of former Yukon premier Anthony David John Penikett (Tony). A graduate of the Victoria Motion picture school, Tahmoh also studied at the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver. Tahmoh and his family (his father, and his twin sisters Sarah and Stephanie) make their home in Vancouver, ...

12. Harry Lennix

Actor | Man of Steel

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor. His recent credits include Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel", The CW's "Emily Owens, M.D.", Fox's "Dollhouse," HBO's "Little Britain," as well as the critically acclaimed series "24" as Walid Al-Rezani.

Harry Joseph Lennix III was born ...

13. Olivia Williams

Actress | The Ghost Writer

Olivia Williams was born July 26, 1968 in Camden Town, London. She was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead, North London, followed by Newnham College at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a degree in English literature. She went on to ...

14. Enver Gjokaj

Actor | The Avengers

Enver Leif Gjokaj is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Victor in Joss Whedon's science fiction television series Dollhouse and as Agent Daniel Sousa on Agent Carter. Gjokaj was born in Orange County, California. His father is Albanian, and his mother is American. ...

15. Miracle Laurie

Actress | Insane Jane

Miracle Laurie was born on August 1, 1981 in Huntington Beach, California, USA as Miracle Ann Elizabeth Laurie. She is an actress and producer, known for Insane Jane, Scenic Route (2013) and Dollhouse (2009). She has been married to Christopher May since November 2010.

16. Reed Diamond

Actor | Designated Survivor

Diamond was born and raised in New York City. He attended school at UNC-Chapel Hill and then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in New York. His professional career began in 1990 with his co-starring role in the movie Memphis Belle (1990). Following that, he appeared on Broadway, and ...

17. Liza Lapira

Actress | 21

Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for 21 (2008), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) and Fast & Furious (2009).

18. Tom Lenk

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Thomas (Tom) Loren Lenk was born in Westlake Village, California, USA on June 16th, 1976. Tom attended Moorpark College until his junior year, then transferred into UCLA's theater program. It wasn't long before others began to notice Tom's talent, and in 1997 Tom won the Carol Burnett Award and ...

19. Felicia Day

Producer | The Guild

Felicia Day was born on June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Kathryn Felicia Day. She is an actress and producer, known for her work on TV and the web video world. She has appeared in mainstream television shows and films, including "Supernatural", and a two-season arc on the SyFy series "...

20. Sean Maher

Actor | Serenity

Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as 'Dr. Simon Tam' in Joss Whedon's feature "Serenity". The film was based on the critically acclaimed series "Firefly".

Maher was born and raised in New York where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He moved to Los...

21. Adam Baldwin

Actor | Serenity

Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Serenity (2005), Independence Day (1996) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He has been married to Ami Julius since 1988. They have three children.

22. Gina Torres

Actress | Serenity

Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.

23. Jonathan M. Woodward

Actor | Firefly

Jonathan M. Woodward was born on November 20, 1973 in Moscow, Idaho, USA as Jonathan Mark Woodward. He is an actor, known for Firefly (2002), Angel (1999) and Pipe Dream (2002).

24. Carlos Jacott

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

Carlos Jacott was born on July 28, 1967 in the USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) and Being John Malkovich (1999).

25. Andy Umberger

Actor | Deja Vu

Andy Umberger is an American actor who spent the early part of his career in New York City, where he was primarily a stage actor and appeared in three Broadway shows: "City of Angels," "Passion" and "Company." In the late 90s he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. Since then he has had supporting ...

26. Ashley Johnson

Actress | The Avengers

Ashley was born in Camarillo, California on August 9, 1983, to Cliff and Nancy Johnson. When she was 9 days old, her family packed up and moved to Michigan where her father was transferred (Ship captain of an exploration ship). They finally ended up moving to "The Town That Time Forgot" called ...

27. Clark Gregg

Actor | The Avengers

Clark Gregg was born on April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Clark Gregg. He is an actor and director, known for The Avengers (2012), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006). He has been married to Jennifer Grey since July 21, 2001. They have ...

28. Bob Fimiani

Actor | Tour of Duty

Bob Fimiani is an actor, known for Tour of Duty (1987), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) and Magnum, P.I. (1980).

29. Jeff Ricketts

Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Jeff Ricketts was born as Jeffrey Andrew Ricketts. He is an actor, known for Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Holes (2003) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996).

30. Christina Hendricks

Actress | Ginger & Rosa

Christina Rene Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, originally from England, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, while her mother, Jackie Sue (Raymond), was a psychologist. At the age of 13 her father transferred to the Forest Service ...

31. Damion Poitier

Actor | Captain America: Civil War

Damion Poitier is known for his work on Captain America: Civil War (2016), Payday 2 (2013) and Jarhead (2005).

32. Ron Glass

Actor | Serenity

Ron Glass was born on July 10, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Ronald Earle Glass. He was an actor and director, known for Serenity (2005), Lakeview Terrace (2008) and Barney Miller (1975). He died on November 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

33. Morena Baccarin

Actress | Deadpool

Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to actress Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarin. Her uncle was actor Ivan Setta. Morena has Italian and Brazilian Portuguese ancestry. She moved to New York at the age of 10, when her father was transferred there. She attended the LaGuardia...

34. Jewel Staite

Actress | Firefly

Born in White Rock, BC, Canada. Spent first three years of life in Maui. Started out modeling, was recommened to act at age 6. Won best actor in "Meeting Dad", a Vancouver Film School short.

35. Nicholas Brendon

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Nicholas Brendon was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he struggled with stuttering but was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. ...

36. Alyson Hannigan

Actress | American Pie

Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress ...

37. Anthony Head

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. He grew up in Hampton, near Richmond upon Thames in London. He's the youngest son of his parents, Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He is the younger brother of musical ...

38. James Marsters

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work he finally moved to L.A. to pursue a career in film and television. After appearing in several guest roles...

39. Emma Caulfield Ford

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Born and raised in San Diego, Emma Caulfield began studying drama in at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre where she won the distinguished honor of "Excellence in Theatre Arts." She picked up her drama studies once again at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) in London, all ...

40. Charisma Carpenter

Actress | The Expendables

Charisma Lee Carpenter was born July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas. She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests, and attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas. At 15 the family moved to Rosarita City, Mexico, and then to ...

41. Julie Benz

Actress | Dexter

Julie Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on May 1, 1972. Julie's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in ...

42. Cobie Smulders

Actress | The Avengers

Cobie Smulders was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several ...