|Born||April 25, 1970|
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
(m. 1995;div. 2001)
|Partner(s)||Beth Riesgraf (2001–2007)|
Jason Michael Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American actor, producer, writer, photographer and former professional skateboarder who played Earl Hickey in the television comedy series My Name Is Earl , for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV series in 2005 and 2006 by The Golden Globes, and Dwight Hendricks in Memphis Beat (2010-2011).
He is also known for his roles in Kevin Smith films such as Mallrats , Chasing Amy , Dogma , Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back , Jersey Girl , Clerks II , & Cop Out . Lee won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in Chasing Amy. He also portrayed David Seville in the live-action/CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks film series. His other notable film roles include starring in Enemy of the State , Vanilla Sky , Big Trouble , Stealing Harvard , A Guy Thing and The Ballad of Jack and Rose . His voice acting credits include Syndrome in The Incredibles , Bones in Monster House and the title character in Underdog .
A former professional skateboarder, Lee is the co-founder and co-owner of Stereo Skateboards, founding the company in 1992 with fellow skateboarder Chris "Dune" Pastras.Since 1992, Stereo manufactures and distributes skateboard decks, equipment and apparel, as well as producing skate videos.
Lee was born in Santa Ana, California, on April 25, 1970.His father, Greg, was a car dealership manager and his mother, Carol, a homemaker. Lee was raised in Huntington Beach and attended Ocean View High School.
Lee was a professional skateboarder in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1992, he founded Stereo Sound Agency, known as Stereo Skateboards, with fellow skater Chris "Dune" Pastras. In 2003, after it had been defunct for a few years, the pair successfully revived the company.As of October 2013, Lee and Pastras remain on the professional "Classics" team roster.
Lee was featured in the skateboarding promotional video, Video Days , filmed for the skateboarding company Blind Skateboards.In 2004, Lee's skateboarding was featured in Way Out East!, a film produced by Stereo Skateboards.
In August 2012, Lee is also featured in a brief video on the skateboard website The Berrics entitled "Jason Lee decided to come to the park."
In August 2012, Lee participated in the ninth annual Stand-Up for Skateparks Event, which he chaired with Tony Hawk.The event is held annually by the Tony Hawk Charitable Foundation and seeks to "help create free, quality public skateparks for youth in low-income communities."
In October that same year, a video was released by the Keep A Breast Foundation, featuring various skateboarding identities, including Lee, together with Pastras. The video, contributing to the Foundation's aim to prevent and raise awareness of breast cancer, promotes the "I Love Boobies" bracelet. It also features Clint Peterson (Stereo) and Giovanni Reda (WESC), who are both teammates of Lee.
Lee later worked with Tony Hawk when he lent his voice and likeness to Tony Hawk's Project 8 to become a playable character.Lee then voiced Coach Frank, a character created during the development of Stereo, in Skate 3 .
Professional skateboarder and owner of the Girl and Lakai Limited Footwear skateboard brands Mike Carrollhas cited Lee as one of his skating influences.
Lee has been particularly cited for his 360 flips, which even the trick's inventor, Rodney Mullen, credits him with stylizing and popularizing.
After taking some minor acting roles in 1992–1994 (including the music video for the Sonic Youth single "100%", a small part in Mi Vida Loca , and a bit part as a dance instructor on Chance and Things), Lee left professional skateboarding for a full-time acting career.His first major movie role was in Kevin Smith's Mallrats , which became a cult hit. This started a friendship that subsequently led to appearances in many of Smith's films, including Chasing Amy , Dogma , Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back , Clerks II , Cop Out , and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot . Lee won an Independent Spirit Award for his role in Chasing Amy as Banky Edwards.
Lee graduated to leading man roles in Heartbreakers , Stealing Harvard , and A Guy Thing .He has had supporting roles in Vanilla Sky , Almost Famous , Dreamcatcher , Big Trouble , The Ballad of Jack and Rose , and Mumford , as well as a minor role in Enemy of the State . Lee also voiced Syndrome in The Incredibles and Jack-Jack Attack . He reprised the role as a "robot copy" of Syndrome in Disney Presents Pixar's The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure . Lee is also the voice of Underdog in Underdog and portrays Dave Seville in the live action/CGI films starring Alvin and the Chipmunks.
In 2005, Lee was offered the lead role in My Name Is Earl .According to interviews on the first-season DVD, he passed on the series twice before finally agreeing to read for the pilot. In the series, he stars as Earl Hickey. Lee received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2006 and 2007, as well as a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006. NBC cancelled My Name is Earl after four seasons.
On June 22, 2010, Memphis Beat premiered. In the series, Lee starred with Alfre Woodardand portrayed Dwight Hendricks. In October 2011, it was announced the series was not renewed for a third season. He guest-starred in 2010 and 2013 episodes of Raising Hope , created by My Name is Earl creator and producer Greg Garcia.
As of December 2011, Lee appeared in Up All Night ,but after its second season, it was officially cancelled on May 9, 2013. In June 2013, The Road Chip , a fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, was announced by 20th Century Fox; its release date was December 18, 2015.
Lee is in the Amazon Studios pilot of Cocked, where he plays the character of Grady Paxson, one of three men who run a gun manufacturing company. The show premiered on January 15, 2015 and also stars Brian Dennehy, Diora Baird, Dreama Walker, and Sam Trammell.On January 25, 2015, The Hallmark Channel premiered Away & Back, a Hallmark Hall of Fame film starring Lee, Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Minka Kelly.
Lee began shooting photos regularly in the early 2000s, and became interested in instant photography.He released his first photo book through Refueled Magazine. It consists of "184 pages of Polaroid & Fuji Instant Film photographs from 2006-2016." Printed in a limited edition run of 500 copies, the book sold out before shipping began. In 2018 he published A Plain View , a photo book consisting of color 4x5 photographs from his exploration of rural and urban America. From June to December 2019, his photographs of Oklahoma were exhibited in exhibit OK: Jason Lee Photographs in Philbrook Museum of Art. In December 2020, British publishing house STANLEY/BARKER released his new book In the Gold Dust Rush , consisting of black and white photographs of rural America. He is inspired by work of New Topographics movement, notably by Henry Wessell. He photographs on film.
Lee married actress and photographer Carmen Llywelyn in 1995. They divorced in 2001. Llywelyn later cited Lee's commitment to Scientology as the principal cause for their separation.Llywelyn wrote that their relationship collapsed when she revealed to her talent manager and fellow Scientologist, Gay Ribisi (mother of actor Giovanni Ribisi), that she had read A Piece of Blue Sky , an anti-Scientology book. Two days after her conversation with Ribisi, Llywelyn received a one-paragraph "disconnection letter" from Lee and was labeled a Suppressive Person.
Following his divorce from Llywelyn, Lee became engaged to actress Beth Riesgraf. Together, they have a son, Pilot Inspektor. Lee states their son's name was inspired by "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot." by rock band Grandaddy.
Lee married Ceren Alkaç, a native of Turkey, in California in July 2008. A month later, Alkaç gave birth to a daughter named Casper.The couple had their second child, a son named Sonny, in 2012. Their third child, a daughter named Alberta 'Birdy' Lee, was born in 2017. As of 2016, Lee no longer practices Scientology. Lee currently resides in Krum, Texas with his family. He also enjoys photography, and is a co-owner of the restaurant Barley and Board.
|1991||Video Days||Blind Skateboards|
|1993||A Visual Sound||Himself||Stereo Skateboards|
|1993||Mi Vida Loca||Teenage Drug Customer|
|1994||Chance and Things||Dance Instructor on the Television|
|1996||Tincan Folklore||Himself||Stereo Skateboards|
|1997||Chasing Amy||Banky Edwards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
|A Better Place||Dennis Pepper|
|1998||Kissing a Fool||Jay Murphy|
|American Cuisine||Loren Collins|
|Enemy of the State||Daniel Zavitz|
|2000||Almost Famous||Jeff Bebe|| Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast |
Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama/Romance
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Brodie Bruce / |
|Vanilla Sky||Brian Shelby|
|Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator||Documentary|
|Stealing Harvard||John Plummer|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Paul Morse|
|I Love Your Work||Larry Hortense|
|2004||Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party||Documentary|
|Jersey Girl||PR Exec #1|
|The Incredibles||Buddy Pine / Syndrome|
|2005||Jack-Jack Attack||Short film|
|The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Gray|
|Drop Dead Sexy||Frank|
|2006||Clerks II||Lance Dowds|
|Rising Son: The Legend of Christian Hosoi||Documentary|
|The Emperor's Secret|| Ben Zyskowicz |
|2007||Underdog||Shoeshine / Underdog|
|The Man Who Souled the World||Documentary|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks||David "Dave" Seville|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel|
|2011||Noah's Ark: The New Beginning|| Japheth |
|The Other Side||Mortimer Flybait|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||David "Dave" Seville|
|2014||Behaving Badly||Father Krumins|
|2015||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||David "Dave" Seville||Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|2017||Growing Up Smith||Butch Brunner|
|TBA||Diamond||Billy Curtis||Also producer and writer|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Brodie Bruce|
|2020||We Bare Bears: The Movie||Charlie (voice)|
|1997||Weapons of Mass Distraction||Phillip Messenger||Television film|
|2005–2009||My Name Is Earl||Earl Hickey||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006–2007)|
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005–2006)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2006–2007)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Comedy (2006)
|2006||American Dad!||Officer Bays (voice)||Episode: "Rough Trade"|
|2010–2011||Memphis Beat||Dwight Hendricks||20 episodes|
|2011||Up All Night||Kevin||7 episodes|
|2010–2013||Raising Hope||Smokey Floyd||3 episodes|
|2013||Men at Work||Donnie||Episode: "Tyler the Pioneer"|
|2015||Cocked||Grady Paxson||1 episode|
|2015||Away and Back||Jack Peterson||Television film|
|2015–2019||We Bare Bears||Charlie|
|2004||The Incredibles||Buddy Pine / Syndrome|
|2006||Tony Hawk's Project 8||Himself|
|2007||Alvin and the Chipmunks||David "Dave" Seville|
|2010||Skate 3||Coach Frank|
|2013||Disney Infinity||Buddy Pine / Syndrome|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
|2018||Lego The Incredibles|
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