|Date of Birth||25 April 1970 , Orange, California, USA|
|Birth Name||Jason Michael Lee|
|Height||6' 1½" (1.87 m)|
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Born and raised in Southern California, Jason Lee took up skateboarding at age 13. By 18, he was on the professional skateboarding circuit, where he wowed legions of young fans and popularized a move called the "360 flip". Inspired to tap into the commercial aspect of the sport, Lee and a friend started the twin companies "Stereo Skateboards" and "Stereo Sounds Clothing". In the early 1990s, Lee took his tricks in front of the camera, appearing in several music videos - including one for the Sonic Youth song "100%", directed by Spike Jonze. Lee got his first taste of straight acting the next year, when he turned up alongside Jonze as a teenage drug customer in Allison Anders's Mi vida loca (1993).
Lee's movie career began in earnest when he landed a lead role in Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995) (at his very first audition, according to Smith). While the film was almost universally panned, Lee received high marks from critics and audiences for his turn as "cynical sidekick" Brodie Bruce. Smith was so pleased with Brodie that he wrote a part for Lee in his next film, Chasing Amy (1997): Ben Affleck's cranky roommate and comic book partner, "Banky". Lee won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance.
After appearing in several indies and a made-for-TV movie, Lee crossed over into mainstream circles with Kissing a Fool (1998). Starring opposite David Schwimmer and Mili Avital, he played a writer who works through his last breakup by writing a book. In 1999, Lee landed two significant acting gigs: one as the demon "Azrael" in Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999), and another as the eccentric young billionaire "Skip Skipperton" in Mumford (1999). He then went to work on Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000), in which he plays a member of the fictional '70s band "Stillwater." Crowe hired Lee again to play the main supporting role opposite Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky (2001). In 2001 he also worked again with Smith in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
In 2003 he got the lead role in the studio comedy A Guy Thing (2003), although the film did not end up faring well with critics and was a disappointment at the box office. Lee bounced back by voicing the villain Syndrome in the hit animated comedy The Incredibles (2004).
In 2005 creator Gregory Thomas Garcia offered Lee the lead role in the comedy series My Name Is Earl (2005), although Lee originally turned it down Garcia convinced him to take the role. Once the show got picked up it was an instant hit with critics and fared well in the ratings. During "Earl's" tenure on the air Lee received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a TV Series Musical or Comedy, and three SAG nominations for Outstanding Actor in a TV Series Musical or Comedy. In May 2009 My Name is Earl was canceled due to ratings that wound down. During the four years on "Earl" Lee appeared in only a few films such as, Clerks II (2006), a voice in Monster House (2006), the voice of Underdog in Underdog (2007), and playing Dave in Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) live action/CG film.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: IMDb Editors and Biography Man
With a flourishing career that includes an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in writer-director Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy (1997) and memorable roles in multiple features for such directors as Smith, Cameron Crowe and Lawrence Kasdan, Jason Lee has solidly established himself among critics, directors and peers.
Lee currently stars in and is a producer of the half-hour NBC comedy series, My Name Is Earl (2005), about a hapless crook who has an epiphany after winning a small fortune in the lottery. Determined to change his karma, "Earl" sets out to right all the wrongs he's inflicted on people. Lee received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations the past two seasons for his role of "Earl Hickey". The show is now in its third season.
Over his recent summer hiatus, Lee starred in the CG/live-action hybrid feature film Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), for Fox 2000 and 20th Century Fox Animation. He plays "Dave Seville", the songwriter/father-figure to singing chipmunks "Alvin", "Simon" and "Theodore". The highly anticipated film is scheduled for release on December 14, 2007.
In addition, Lee has landed a deal to star and co-produce the feature film, Krater (2010). Warner Bros. has made a preemptive bid for the project, which is currently being written by J.D. Ryznar from a story by Scott M. Martin (Almost Famous (2000)). Lee will play singer/songwriter/guitarist "Martin 'Mutty' Stevens", front man of a four-piece rock band called "Krater" who has been struggling for years to achieve national notoriety. When a beautiful A&R woman from a major label offers to sign the band, provided they hire a real lead singer, "Mutty" and the band reluctantly accepts, to disastrous results.
Lee previously co-starred as the voice of "Syndrome" in Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar's Award-winning animated feature The Incredibles (2004). He also voiced a character in Sony's motion-capture feature Monster House (2006) about three teenagers who discover their neighbor's house is a monster. He also voiced the title character in Underdog (2007), Spyglass Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures' live-action adaptation of the classic 1960s cartoon.
Born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, Lee turned a childhood pastime of skateboarding into a professional career. After moving to Los Angeles during his early twenties, however, he began developing an interest in acting. "I met friends that were actors and thought maybe I should try it out", says Lee, who appeared in commercials and music videos. "After watching Steve Buscemi as the bellboy in Barton Fink (1991), I knew I wanted to be in movies", he says.
Lee's big break came in 1995 with the lead role in writer-director Kevin Smith's comedy, Mallrats (1995), in which he deftly portrayed the inconsiderate slacker, "Brodie". Lee went on to star in Smith's Chasing Amy (1997), for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for best supporting male for his role as Ben Affleck's insecure, outspoken roommate "Banky". Lee went on to showcase his intuitive timing as the demonic "Azrael" in Smith's supernatural comedy, Dogma (1999). He reunited with Smith in the Dimension Films comedy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and Clerks II (2006).
Lee also starred in writer-director Cameron Crowe's ensemble feature, Almost Famous (2000), in the role of "Jeff Bebe", the lead singer of a 1970's rock band called "Stillwater". The film won the Golden Globe award for Best Film. He then re-teamed with Crowe on the writer-director's Vanilla Sky (2001), for Paramount Pictures. Lee played the best friend to Tom Cruise's character.
After working with director Lawrence Kasdan in the ensemble comedy, Mumford (1999), Lee reunited for the director's suspense thriller, Dreamcatcher (2003).
Other film credits include writer-director Rebecca Miller's The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) with Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener; director Barry Sonnenfeld's ensemble comedy, Big Trouble (2002); Enemy of the State (1998) and Kissing a Fool (1998).
In Summer 2006, Lee wrote and directed the short film, "The White Door" starring Giovanni Ribisi and Beth Riesgraf. The film will have a future DVD release.
Lee is also a professional photographer, as well as an avid supporter and collector of the arts. He is currently shooting 20"x24" Polaroid portraits for an upcoming gallery and book series. When not working on personal projects, Lee photographs for Los Angeles-based Anthem magazine. He is also actively involved with his skateboard company, "Stereo Skateboards", which recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: NIPR
|Ceren Alkac||(1 July 2008 - present) (1 child)|
|Carmen Llywelyn||(1995 - 2001) (divorced)|
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