Jeff Kinney
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Name Jeff Kinney
Born February 19, 1971 (Age 50) Fort Washington, Maryland, United States
Gender Male.png
Occupation Author, Game Designer, Artist, Cartoonist
Notable Works Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) and Poptropica (game)
Wife Julia "Julie" Kinney
Children Will and Grant Kinney
Roles Jonathon Hills

Jeffrey Patrick "Jeff" Kinney (born 19th February 1971) is an American game designer and cartoonist. He is the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series), He made the child-oriented online role-playing game Poptropica. He also owns the book store An Unlikely Story.

Early Life

Kinney was born and grew up in Fort Washington, MarylandUnited States. He had two brothers and a sister. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park in the early 1990s. It was in college that Kinney created the popular comic strip, Igdoof that ran in the campus newspaper, The Diamondback which later became Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

In 2004, FunBrain and Kinney released a web-book called Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the website made daily entries until June 2005. The web-book was a instant hit, reaching 20 million views by 2007, causing many readers to request a published version of the web-book. Kinney agreed and released Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2007, but the book version was quite different. The most notable difference was that the drawings were edited using programs, the plot was slightly changed, and the book was also a little shortened. To date, nineteen Wimpy Kid books have been released, including two Do-It-Yourself books and four Movie Diaries.

Professional Work

Kinney works as a writer and designer of online games. He also created the child-friendly website, Poptropica, which is played by many kids around the world. Poptropica has two Wimpy Kid based islands called Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk where many characters and places from Wimpy Kid are present. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has 58 million copies in print worldwide in softcover and in hardcover. In 2010 Wimpy kid was developed into a film and Kinney served as the executive producer. In the Rodrick Rules movie, he played as the character Mr. Hills and returned in the Dog Days movie to reprise the character.

Personal Life

Kinney attended Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland and lives in Plainville, Massachusetts with his wife, Julie, and two sons, Will and Grant. Jeff has a small house next to his home, where he writes and does karaoke. The character of Rodrick is believed to be based on his elder brother, Scott Kinney (musician) and Manny is believed to based on his younger brother, Pat. His great-grandmother was Polish.


Other Works


A film based on the first book was released on March 19, 2010. It was produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by Thor Freudenthal. A second film based on the second book was released on March 15, 2011. It was directed by David Bowers. Kinney played a small role in the film. A third film based on Dog Days and The Last Straw was released on 3 August, 2012. Kinney once again played a small role of Mr. Hills. In 2013, he announced a fourth film being animated for 2014, but since of December that year, nothing revealed came out. A new film based on the book The Long Haul is most likely going to come out after it was hinted at, at the 3rd annual Virtually Live Event, a casting call for 2 parts was released and some of the characters actors have been revealed.


Jeff Kinney's Official Twitter Account

Jeff Kinney's Official website


  • It is unknown if Jeff Kinney knows about this wiki.
  • He's released at least one Diary of a Wimpy Kid-book every single year since the release of the first book back in 2007. So far, the only year where he's ever released more than one book in the series was in 2009, in which the third and fourth books in the series were both released.
  • He made a cameo appearance in The Long Haul film, and as Jonathon Hills in the Rodrick Rules (film) and Dog Days (film)


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