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Also Known As: Jason Michael Lee Died:
Born: April 25, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Orange, California, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, musician, businessman, skateboarder

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lost in Austin (2015)
2.
 Columbus Circle (2012)
4.
 Cop Out (2010)
6.
 Underdog (2007)
8.
 Monster House (2006)
9.
 Clerks II (2006)
10.
 Drop Dead Sexy (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in Sonic Youth video "100 Percent" as a skateboarder
1994:
Appeared on an episode of "MANTIS" (Fox)
1995:
Appeared on an episode of "Melrose Place" (Fox)
1995:
Feature film debut, Kevin Smith directed comedy "Mallrats"
1997:
Made first TV film, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (HBO)
1997:
Worked for director Kevin Smith again in "Chasing Amy"
1999:
Played a skateboarding millionnaire in Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford"
1999:
Appeared as the demon Azreal in Smith's "Dogma"
2000:
Featured as a touring rock musician in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical feature "Almost Famous"
2001:
Played a bartender targeted by a young con woman (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in "Heartbreakers"
2001:
Acted in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2001:
Reunited with director Cameron Crowe as co-star of "Vanilla Sky," playing the novelist best friend of a wealthy playboy (Tom Cruise)
2002:
Acted in "Stealing Harvard" with Tom Green
2003:
Starred in the comedy "A Guy Thing"
2004:
Had a small role as a PR executive in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"
2004:
Voiced Buddy Pine/Syndrome in the Pixar animated feature "The Incredibles"
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); nominated at the Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Television Actor (2007, 2009)
2007:
Voiced the title character in the live-action version of the classic cartoon "Underdog"
2007:
Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble film "Southland Tales"
2007:
Starred in the family film "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
2009:
Reprised role of Dave in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
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"
2011:
Reprised role of Dave in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked"
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Notes

Not to be confused with actor Jason Scott Lee.

"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."---Jason Lee in PREMIERE, October 1995.

"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."---Jason Lee to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Carmen Llwellyn. Actor, photographer. Married c. 1995; divorced.
companion:
Beth Riesgraf. Photographer. Engaged since August 2002.

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