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Jason Lee

Jason Lee in 2006
Born Jason Michael Lee
April 25, 1970 (1970-04-25) (age 39)
Orange, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Professional skateboarder
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ceren Alkaç (2008-present)

Jason Michael Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American actor and former professional skateboarder. Lee is best known for his performances in My Name Is Earl as the title character Earl Hickey, Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequel as Dave, and for his work in several Kevin Smith movies.

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Skateboarding

Lee was a prominent professional skateboarder in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He co-founded Stereo Skateboards with Chris Pastras in 1992; the pair revived the company in 2003 after it had been defunct for several years.[1]

Lee and Tony Hawk were the first two skateboarders to receive a signature shoe with Airwalk.[2][3] He had a part in the 1991 Blind Skateboards video Video Days, shot by Spike Jonze. He also lent his voice and likeness to the skateboarding video-game Tony Hawk's Project 8.

In 2004, Lee's skateboarding was featured in the video "Way Out East!", a video produced by Stereo Skateboards.

Lee appears in the 2010 skateboarding video game, Skate 3 as Coach Frank.[4]

Acting career

After taking some minor acting roles, including the Jonze-directed Sonic Youth music video for "100%," in 1992 and a small part in Allison Anders' 1993 film Mi Vida Loca, Lee left professional skating for a full-time acting career. His first major movie role was in Kevin Smith's Mallrats which became a cult hit. He remained a close friend of Smith and has appeared in most of the director's works, including Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks II, and Cop Out. Lee won an Independent Spirit Award for his role in Chasing Amy as Banky Edwards, a comic book inker.

Lee graduated to leading man roles in Heartbreakers (alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Stealing Harvard (alongside Tom Green) as well as A Guy Thing (alongside Julia Stiles). He has had supporting roles in Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous as a rock star, 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 the supervillain Syndrome in the animated movie The Incredibles and its DVD bonus video Jack-Jack Attack. Lee reprised the role as a "robot copy" of Syndrome in the 2006 Disney on Ice play Disney Presents Pixar's The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure. He is also the voice of Underdog in Underdog, and plays Dave Seville in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks.

In 2005, Lee was offered the lead role in the NBC sitcom, 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, Lee stars as Earl Hickey, a petty thief who discovers karma and sets out to put right all his past wrongs. 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. After four seasons of My Name is Earl NBC did not renew the series.

Earl's brother Randy is played by Ethan Suplee, with whom Lee previously appeared in the movies Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Clerks II.

Lee is currently starring in a pilot for TNT entitled "Memphis Beat"[citation needed]

Personal life

Lee was born in Orange County, California, the son of Carol (née Weaver), a homemaker, and Greg Lee.[5] He was raised in Huntington Beach and attended Ocean View High School.

Lee married actress and photographer Carmen Llywelyn in 1995, but they divorced in 2001. Lee was engaged to actress Beth Riesgraf and together have a son named Pilot Inspektor. The couple came up with the unusual name after listening to the song "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" by the indie rock band Grandaddy.[6] Lee and Riesgraf separated in 2007. On August 10, 2008, Lee's partner Ceren Alkaç gave birth to a daughter.[6] On November 24, 2008, Lee's publicist announced that the couple had secretly wed in California in July 2008.[7]

Lee has a substantial collection of rare motorcycles which he rides daily. He owns a rare post-war custom Falcon Motorcycle which won Best Custom Motorcycle at the 2008 year Legend Of The Motorcycle International Concours d’Elegance.[8]

Lee is a member of the Church of Scientology[9][10] and is on the Board of Advisors for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights,[11] an organization founded by the Church of Scientology "dedicated to investigating and exposing psychiatric violations of human rights."[12]

Filmography

Upcoming films

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Other appearances

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