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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 September 1978Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NameBenjamin Michael Lee
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ben Lee made his stage debut in 1993, fronting the indie rock band "Noise Addict", a foursome of Sydney school friends. The band was signed to "Fellaheen Records" that same year, when the average age of the group was only 14. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore also signed the band to his "Ecstatic Peace" label. Then, in 1994, Mike D of the Beastie Boys signed "Noise Addict" to the young label "Grand Royal Records". Ben Lee's solo debut "Grandpaw Would" was released in March 1995 when Ben was just 16 years old. He followed that with the album "Something To Remember Me By" in 1997 and "Breathing Tornados" in 1999. On "Breathing Tornados", Ben collaborated with Harmony Korine and Petra Haden. As for his film debut, Ben stars in The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) with Rose Byrne and directed by Tony McNamara.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Robb Hand

Spouse (1)

Ione Skye (29 December 2008 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (22)

Longtime boyfriend of Claire Danes.
Released a single in 2002 with Evan Dando and Jason Schwartzman
Broke up with Claire Danes after she began a relationship with Billy Crudup
Frontman of defunct punk band "Noise Addict"
Moved to New York City at 18.
His album "Awake Is the New Sleep," (released 22 February 2005) reached the #7 spot in Australia.
His back up band is called "Soldiers of Bliss." His keyboardist is longtime friend Lara Meyerratken.
"Catch My Disease," his first song to get a lot of radio play in the US, contains the lyrics "They play not me on the radio/and that's the way I like it".
In 2004, he released an EP called "The Bens", which he recorded with Ben Folds and Ben Kweller.
Started recording songs in his bedroom when he was thirteen.
Liz Phair did the backing vocals on his 1994 single "Away With the Pixies".
Attended a Jewish school in Sydney.
Creator of a music label called "Ten Fingers".
Is often compared to Bob Dylan.
Wrote "I Wish I Was Him" as a tribute to Evan Dando of The Lemonheads.
Frequently quoted saying 2005's Awake Is the New Sleep "is not a break-up album" (referring to his recent split with actress Claire Danes).
Was one of the major performers at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia on 25th March 2006.
Daughter with Ione Skye, Goldie Pryia Lee, born September 24, 2009.
Son-in-law of Donovan and Enid Graddis aka Enid Karl (Née Enid Stulberger).
Brother-in-law of Donovan Leitch Jr. with Libby Mintz, Astrella Celeste with Jason P.Rothberg and Oriole Nebula Leitch.
Stepfather of Kate Netto (Ione's daughter). Uncle of Violet Lilac Jean Leitch and Donovan Evers Leitch (Donovan Jr.'s children), Coco Sian Ryder and Sebastian Kerr Pisal (Oriole's children).
Currently touring the United States, Canada, and Australia to promote his new album, "Awake Is the New Sleep". [March 2005]

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