Jason Lee

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Though he started his career as a professional skateboarder, Jason Lee managed to accomplish that rare feat of transitioning from successful athlete to successful actor. But unlike most sports stars making the jump, he ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1970 in Orange, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Away & Back 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Behaving Badly 2014 (Movie)

Father Krumins (Actor)

How I Rock It 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost in Austin 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Name is Earl 2005 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Tell 2014 (Movie)

Ray Manning (Actor)

Men at Work 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raising Hope 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Up All Night 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 2011 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Columbus Circle 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Memphis Beat 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

American Chopper 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Family Feud 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007 (Movie)

Dave Seville (Actor)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2007 Teen Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Underdog 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Underdog (Actor)

American Dad 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Clerks II 2006 (Movie)

Lance Dowds (Actor)

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Bones (Actor)

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Sexy 2005 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

I Love Your Work 2005 (Movie)

Larry Hortense (Actor)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

Gray (Actor)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

PR Exec #1 (Actor)

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Buddy Pine/Syndrome (Actor)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

Beaver (Actor)

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Puggy (Actor)

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Jack Withrowe (Actor)

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

Brodie (Actor)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Brian Shelby (Actor)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

Jeff Bebe (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Azrael (Actor)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Skip Skipperton (Actor)

American Cuisine 1998 (Movie)

Loren (Actor)

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

Zavitz (Actor)

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

Jay Murphy (Actor)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Chasing Amy 1997 (Movie)

Banky (Actor)

Drawing Flies 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

M.A.N.T.I.S. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mallrats 1995 (Movie)

Brodie (Actor)

Krater (Movie)

(Actor)

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Columbus Circle 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Krater (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though he started his career as a professional skateboarder, Jason Lee managed to accomplish that rare feat of transitioning from successful athlete to successful actor. But unlike most sports stars making the jump, he was armed with strong acting chops and an easy-going charm. After making a few music videos with director and fellow skateboarding enthusiast Spike Jonze, Lee broke into features by starring in indie-filmmaker Kevin Smith's "Mallrats" (1995). He quickly graduated to more prominent features, earning critical kudos and Internet fandom while maintaining a relatively low-key mainstream profile. Over the next several years, he was a regular Smith player, appearing in "Chasing Amy" (1997), "Dogma" (1999) and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), while branching out to studio fare like "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "Vanilla Sky" (2001). Lee went from prominent supporting actor to television star when he landed his first series, "My Name Is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09), a blunt and irreverent comedy in which he effortlessly portrayed a dimwitted petty thief trying to right the wrongs of his life. While never a ratings winner, "Earl" nonetheless offered Lee an opportunity to demonstrate his versatility as an actor.

Relationships

Ceren Alkac

Wife
Secretly married in July 2008; announced marriage in November 2008 Renewed vows on Nov. 11, 2011

Casper Lee

Daughter
Born Aug. 10, 2008; mother, Ceren Alkac

Pilot Lee

Son
Born Sept. 28, 2003; mother, Beth Riesgraf

Sonny Lee

Son
Born June 16, 2012; mother, Ceren Alkac

Carmen Llywellyn Actor

Wife
Married in 1995 Divorced in 2001

Beth Riesgraf Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged in August 2002 No longer together

EDUCATION

Attended high school in Huntington Beach, CA, but dropped out to become a professional skateboarder

Milestones

2011

Reprised role of Dave in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked"

2010

Cast in a supporting role opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in "Cop Out"

2010

Starred as a police detective who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator on TNT's "Memphis Beat"

2009

Reprised role of Dave in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"

2007

Starred in the family film "Alvin and the Chipmunks"

2007

Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble film "Southland Tales"

2007

Voiced the title character in the live-action version of the classic cartoon "Underdog"

2005

Made series regular debut as the star and producer of "My Name Is Earl" (NBC); earned Golden Globe (2006, 2007) and SAG (2006, 2007) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy series; nominated for TV - Choice Actor: Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards (2006); n

2004

Voiced Buddy Pine/Syndrome in the Pixar animated feature "The Incredibles"

2004

Had a small role as a PR executive in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"

2003

Starred in the comedy "A Guy Thing"

2002

Acted in "Stealing Harvard" with Tom Green

2001

Acted in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"

2001

Played a bartender targeted by a young con woman (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in "Heartbreakers"

2001

Reunited with director Cameron Crowe as co-star of "Vanilla Sky," playing the novelist best friend of a wealthy playboy (Tom Cruise)

2000

Featured as a touring rock musician in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical feature "Almost Famous"

1999

Appeared as the demon Azreal in Smith's "Dogma"

1999

Played a skateboarding millionnaire in Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford"

1997

Worked for director Kevin Smith again in "Chasing Amy"

1997

Made first TV film, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (HBO)

1995

Feature film debut, Kevin Smith directed comedy "Mallrats"

1995

Appeared on an episode of "Melrose Place" (Fox)

1994

Appeared on an episode of "MANTIS" (Fox)

Appeared in Sonic Youth video "100 Percent" as a skateboarder

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with actor Jason Scott Lee.

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"I'm a person that skateboards, right? I'm not a skateboarder. I do movies, but I'm not an actor. It's just cool to have the opportunity. And if you play the roles you want, the money will come eventually." – Lee in Premiere, October 1995

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"I've always been certain about how I want to do things, but at the same time the approach has always been very light. I don't think a lot about it. I don't ponder, I don't sit and wonder. For some people, acting is their passion. They study it. They go to school. They read plays. I've never read a play. I don't know who Chekhov is. You know what I mean? That's fine." – Lee to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2002

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