Kevin Smith Obituary, Death – Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is a filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, actor, and comic book writer from the United States. He rose to prominence with the low-budget comedy buddy film Clerks (1994), in which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted as Silent Bob of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob, characters who also appeared in Smith’s later films Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999).
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Clerks II (2006), Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019), and Clerks III (2022). While the films are not strictly chronological, there are crossover story elements, character allusions, and a shared canon known as the “View Askewniverse,” named after Smith’s production business View Askew Productions, which he co-founded with Scott Mosier. Smith has largely made horror films since 2011, including Red State (2011) and the comic horror flicks Tusk (2014) and Yoga Hosers (2016), two of three planned films set in Canada dubbed the True North trilogy.
He has worked as a director-for-hire on projects he did not develop, such as the buddy cop action comedy Cop Out (2010) and episodes of numerous television shows, culminating with Masters of the Universe: Revelation in 2021. Smith is the owner of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey, which served as the backdrop for the reality television show Comic Book Men (2012-2018). He is the host of the film review television show Spoilers. Smith cohosts many shows on his SModcast Podcast Network as a podcaster, including SModcast, Fatman Beyond, and the live show Hollywood Babble-On.
He is well-known for taking part in lengthy, amusing Q&A sessions that are frequently filmed for DVD distribution, beginning with An Evening with Kevin Smith. He has been married to actress and former reporter Jennifer Schwalbach Smith since 1999, and they have a daughter named Harley Quinn Smith after the Batman character of the same name. Kevin Patrick Smith was born on August 2, 1970, in Red Bank, New Jersey, to homemaker Grace (née Schultz) and postal worker Donald E. Smith (1936-2003). He has two siblings: Virginia, his older sister, and Donald Jr., his older brother. He was raised in the nearby clamming village of Highlands by a Catholic family.
Smith’s boyhood was shaped by his father’s late-night shifts at the post office. His father started to dislike his job, which inspired Smith, who recalls his father finding it difficult to wake up and go to work on some days. Smith promised never to work at a job he didn’t enjoy.
Smith attended Henry Hudson Regional High School, where he was a B and C student, recorded basketball games, and produced sketch comedy in the style of Saturday Night Live. As an overweight adolescent, he evolved into a comic observer of life in order to connect with his friends and girls. Smith attended The New School in New York City after high school but did not graduate. Smith met Jason Mewes while working at a youth center; they became friends after realizing they shared a love of comic books.