Tom Whedon, American television writer, Died at 83


Thomas Avery “Tom” Whedon was born on August 3, 1932, and died on March 23, 2016.

He was an American television screenwriter.

Tom was the son of Louise Carroll (Angell) and 1950s TV screenwriter John Whedon.

His first wife and himself, political activist Ann Lee (née Jeffries) Stearns, are the parents of film and TV screenwriter Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and Marvel’s The Avengers).

He and his second wife, Pam Webber, are the parents of screenwriter and musician Jed Whedon (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and scriptwriter Zack Whedon (Fringe, Deadwood).

Tom Whedon was an original writer for the 1950-60s children’s television show Captain Kangaroo.

Since early 1964, hTom collaborated with Jon Stone on a concept for a puppet-centered children’s television series using the fairy-tale Cinderella as a basis. During this process, they became acquainted with the creative, but then relatively unknown, Jim Henson and his Muppets.

During the 1970s, Whedon (along with Stone) worked for the Children’s Television Workshop, becoming head writer for the award winning show The Electric Company.

Also, writing credits include ‘the more adult fare of The Dick Cavett Show, Benson, Alice, and The Golden Girls.

Tom Whedon passed away at 83 yrs old.