Kevin Smith

Filmmaker / Actor

Born: 2 August 1970
Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey
Best known as: The director of Clerks and Chasing Amy

Name at birth: Kevin Patrick Smith

After finishing film school Kevin Smith made the low-budget comedy hit Clerks (1994), a classic in the cinematic sub-genre of "slacker movies." His other movies, Mall Rats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1999), featured many of the same characters and actors, and Smith carved out his own niche of the movies, a screen world littered with pop culture references like comic books and convenience stores, all conveyed in coarse but snappy dialogue. Actors who frequently appear in his films include Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Matt Damon. Jason Mewes and Smith himself appear in his films as Jay and Silent Bob, respectively, two idle stoners who pop up for added comic relief. His other movies include the irreverent comedies Dogma (1999) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).

Extra credit: Smith co-executive produced the Damon-Affleck hit Good Will Hunting (1997)... Smith owns a comics store in New Jersey, and Jay and Silent Bob have been featured in the comics as well as an animated television series.

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