Apr. 25th, 1970
Orange, California, USA
6' 1 1/2"
Jason Lee's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Cop Out
2009 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
2007 - Underdog
2007 - Alvin and the Chipmunks
2006 - Monster House
2006 - Clerks II
2005 - The Ballad of Jack and Rose
2005 - Drop Dead Sexy
2004 - Jersey Girl
2004 - The Incredibles
2003 - Dreamcatcher
2003 - A Guy Thing
2003 - I Love Your Work
2002 - Stealing Harvard
2002 - Big Trouble
2001 - Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
2001 - Heartbreakers
2001 - Vanilla Sky
2000 - Almost Famous
1999 - Dogma
1999 - Mumford
1998 - Enemy of the State
1998 - Kissing a Fool
1997 - Chasing Amy
1996 - Drawing Flies
1995 - Mallrats
1993 - Mi Vida Loca
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest Host
Officer Bays (Voiced)
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 (I)'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 (I) 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 (I)'s Dogma (1999), and another as the eccentric young billionaire "Skip Skipperton" in Mumford (1999). He then went to work on Cameron Crowe (I)'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 fairing 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 faired 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.
- Godfather of 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv)'s daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
- Mentioned a number of occasions in the autobiography of skating legend 'Tony Hawk' (qv), "Hawk: Occupation Skateboarder".
- Attended Ocean View High School, (Huntington Beach, CA).
- Became infamous for naming his son 'Pilot Inspektor'.
- He has the ability to cross and un-cross his right eye. He does this frequently in _"My Name Is Earl" (2005)_ (qv), usually while Earl is angry or intoxicated.
- Wrote and produced a sitcom pilot in 1996 with 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv) called "Hiatus" which had Lee in the starring role.
- (September 28 2003) Son, Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf-Lee, born to Jason and ex-fiancée 'Beth Riesgraf' (qv).
- Has voiced both a hero and a villain in Disney films - he played the voice of the title character in Underdog and was the voice of maniacal madman Syndrome in Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles.