Jason Scott Lee

Actor, Waiter, Florist's delivery man
A kinder, gentler action hero for the New Age, Jason Scott Lee may be Hollywood's first male Asian-American sex symbol. (Another contender, Bruce Lee, first achieved superstardom in Hong Kong but failed to live long ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny 2016 (Movie)

Hades Dai (Actor)

Seventh Son 2015 (Movie)

Urag (Actor)

Dracula III: Legacy 2014 (Movie)

Father Uffizi (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dance of the Dragon 2008 (Movie)

Cheng (Actor)

Balls of Fury 2007 (Movie)

Siu-Foo (Actor)

Nomad 2007 (Movie)

Oraz (Actor)

The Prophecy: Forsaken 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Timecop 2 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dracula II: Ascension 2002 (Movie)

Father Uffizi (Actor)

Lilo and Stitch 2002 (Movie)

of David Kawena (Voice)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunger 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Soldier 1998 (Movie)

Caine 607 (Actor)

Rapa Nui 1994 (Movie)

Noro (Actor)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

Mowgli (Actor)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

Bruce Lee (Actor)

Map of the Human Heart 1993 (Movie)

Avik (Actor)

American Eyes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

Whitey--Griff Gang (Actor)

Murder in Mind (TV Show)

Actor

The Lookalike (TV Show)

Actor

Vestige of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A kinder, gentler action hero for the New Age, Jason Scott Lee may be Hollywood's first male Asian-American sex symbol. (Another contender, Bruce Lee, first achieved superstardom in Hong Kong but failed to live long enough to cross over from chop-socky flicks.) Athletic and handsome, the young Chinese-Hawaiian actor's somewhat ethnically indeterminate looks led to a variety of roles in films and TV before he gained international celebrity as the star of the biopic "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993). Though possessing little physical resemblance to the kung fu legend and no prior martial arts training, Lee proved an inspired choice. He not only captured many of Bruce Lee's physical and vocal mannerisms but also made him a complex and sympathetic romantic figure. The modestly budgeted film was quite successful in the USA and even more so overseas.

Relationships

Brother
younger

Sister
older

Robert Lee

Father
one-quarter Hawaiian, three-quarters Chinese

Sylvia Lee

Mother
Chinese

EDUCATION

Pearl City High School

Honolulu, Hawaii 1984

studied acting in Los Angeles

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
left school in 1987

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in "Nomad," a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan

2005

Opened the Ulua Theatre in Hawaii

2000

Cast as Aladdin in the ABC miniseries "Arabian Nights"

2000

Made London West End debut in revival of "The King and I" opposite Elaine Paige; withdrew from production in July citing a family emergency

1998

First released film in four years, "Soldier"

1998

Co-starred in the feature "Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy/Talos the Mummy"

1994

Portrayed Mowgli in the live-action version of "The Jungle Book"

1994

Headed cast of the Polynesian-set "Rapa Nui"

1993

First feature starring role, "Map of the Human Heart", a period romance in which he was cast as an Inuit Eskimo

1993

Breakthrough screen role, cast as martial arts star Bruce Lee in the biopic "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"

1990

Starred in "American Eyes", a "CBS Schoolbreak Special"

1990

TV-movie debut, "The Lookalike" (USA Network)

1988

Made TV debut in guest role on the courtroom drama series "Matlock"

1987

Joined the Friends and Artists Theater Ensemble in L.A.

1987

Feature debut as an illegal Asian immigrant posing as a Chicano in Cheech Marin's comedy "Born in East L.A."

1968

Moved to Oahu, Hawaii at age two

Performed in "Balm in Gilead", "Marat/Sade", and other plays at Friends and Artists

Spent his teenage years as a surfer and gymnast

Studied hula dancing

Bonus Trivia

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Lee is a weekend painter.

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He earned a black belt in Jeet Kune Do, the specialized martial art developed by Bruce Lee, in less than a year.

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Lee was brought to the attention of "Dragon" director Rob Cohen by a casting director who had seen the actor trying out for Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992). Lee lost out then because he failed to convince as a Native American but was referred for the role of Bruce Lee with the recommendation: "He can act, he's deep, he has an incredible body. . . ."

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On taking the role in "The King and I", Lee told the London Times (April 24, 2000): "It's a diversification for me. But sometimes what you know becomes totally boring. So you have to go into new territory, something that is scary and challenging and will put you in the place of being a student once again. I like that feeling. I like big challenges, and I think I that I was getting a little bored with the formulaic movies that I was getting offered."

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