Jeffery Patrick "Jeff" Kinney (born February 19, 1971) is an American game designer, cartoonist, producer, actor and author of the children's books including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. He is also attributed as the creator of the child-oriented website Poptropica. He also made a cameo appearance in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film. Kinney was born and grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland, United States.
He has an older brother, an older sister and a younger brother. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park in the early 1990s. It was in college that Kinney created a popular comic strip, Igdoof, which ran in the college paper, The Diamondback.