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Jason Lee (actor)

Jason Lee
Lee at the Away and Back premiere on January 20, 2015
Born Jason Michael Lee
(1970-04-25) April 25, 1970
Santa Ana, California
Residence Denton, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Ocean View High School
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Television producer, Skateboarder
Years active 1989–present
Religion Scientology
Spouse(s) Carmen Llywelyn (1995–2001)
Ceren Alkaç (2008–present)
Partner(s) Beth Riesgraf (2001–2007)
Children 3
Parent(s) Greg Lee
Carol Lee

Jason Michael Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, television producer, and skateboarder. Lee is known for his role as Earl Hickey in the television series My Name Is Earl, the role of Dave Seville in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film franchise, the voice of Syndrome in The Incredibles and for starring in films directed by Kevin Smith, including Mallrats.

A skateboard enthusiast, Lee is the co-founder and co-owner of Stereo Skateboards, a company that manufactures skateboard decks.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Skateboarding 2.1
    • Acting 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Television 4.1
    • Video games 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Lee was born on April 25, 1970, in Santa Ana, California to parents Greg and Carol Lee. At the time of his birth, his father was a car dealership manager, and his mother was a homemaker.[1][2] Lee was raised in Huntington Beach and attended Ocean View High School.[3]



Before he became an actor, Lee was known as a professional skateboarder in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1992, he co-founded Stereo Sound Agency, known as Stereo Skateboards, with fellow skater Chris "Dune" Pastras. In 2003, after the company had been defunct for a few years, the pair successfully revived the company.[4][5] As of October 2013, Lee and Pastras remain on the professional "Classics" team roster.[6]

Lee was featured in the skateboarding promotional video, Video Days, filmed for the skateboarding company "Blind Skateboards".[7] In 2004, Lee's skateboarding was featured in Way Out East!, a film produced by Stereo Skateboards.[8][9]

In August 2012, Lee was also featured in a brief video on the skateboard website The Berrics entitled "Jason Lee decided to come to the park."[10]

In August 2012, Lee participated in the 9th annual Stand-Up for Skateparks Event, at which he was co-chair with Tony Hawk.[11] The event is held annually by the Tony Hawk Charitable Foundation and seeks to "help create free, quality public skateparks for youth in low-income communities."[12]

In October that same year, a video was released by the Keep A Breast Foundation, featuring various skateboarding identities, including Lee, together with Pastras. The video, contributing to the Foundation's aim to prevent and raise awareness of breast cancer, promotes the "I Love Boobies" bracelet. It also features Clint Peterson (Stereo) and Giovanni Reda (WESC), who are both teammates of Lee.[13]

Lee later worked with Tony Hawk when he lent his voice and likeness to Tony Hawk's Project 8 to become a playable character.[14] Lee then voiced Coach Frank, a character created during the development of Stereo, in Skate 3.[15][16]

Professional skateboarder and owner of the Girl and Lakai Limited Footwear skateboard brands Mike Carroll[17] has cited Lee as one of his skating influences.[18]


After taking some minor acting roles in 1992–1994 (including the music video for "100%," a small part in Mi Vida Loca, and a bit part as a dance instructor on Chance and Things), Lee left professional skateboarding for a full-time acting career.[19] His first major movie role was in Kevin Smith's Mallrats, which became a cult hit.[19][20] This started a friendship that subsequently led to appearances in many of Smith's films, including Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, and Cop Out. Lee won an Independent Spirit Award for his role in Chasing Amy as Banky Edwards.

Lee at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 25, 2006

Lee graduated to leading man roles in Heartbreakers, Stealing Harvard, and A Guy Thing.[21][22][23] He has had supporting roles in Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous, 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 Syndrome in The Incredibles and Jack-Jack Attack. He reprised the role as a "robot copy" of Syndrome in Disney Presents Pixar's The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure.[24] Lee is also the voice of Underdog in Underdog and portrays Dave Seville in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film franchise.[25]

In 2005, Lee was offered the lead role in My Name Is Earl.[26] 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, he stars as Earl Hickey. 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.[27][28][29] After four seasons of My Name is Earl NBC cancelled the series.

On June 22, 2010, Memphis Beat premiered. In the series, Lee starred with Alfre Woodard[30] and portrayed Dwight Hendricks.[30] In October 2011, it was announced the series was not renewed for a third season.

He also guest-starred in 2010 and 2013 episodes of Raising Hope, created by My Name is Earl creator and producer Greg Garcia.[31][32][33]

As of December 2011, Lee appeared in Up All Night,[34] but after its second season, it was officially cancelled on May 9, 2013. In June 2013, a fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise was then announced by the 20th Century Fox studio and a release date of December 11, 2015; however, Lee's involvement was not yet confirmed.[35]

Lee's latest projects are with Amazon Studios and The Hallmark Channel. With Amazon Studios, Lee is seen in the pilot of Cocked, where he plays the character of Grady Paxson, one of three men who run a gun manufacturing company. The show premiered on January 15, 2015 and also stars Brian Dennehy, Diora Baird, Dreama Walker, and Sam Trammell.[36] On January 25, 2015, The Hallmark Channel premiered Away & Back, a Hallmark Hall of Fame film starring Lee along with Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Minka Kelly.[37]

Lee on the roof of the Beverly Laurel Hotel on June 28, 2005

Personal life

Lee married actress and photographer Carmen Llywelyn in 1995; they divorced in 2001. Llywelyn later cited Lee's commitment to Scientology as the principle cause for their separation.[38][39] Llywelyn wrote that their relationship collapsed when she revealed to her talent manager and fellow Scientologist, Gay Ribisi, that she had read A Piece of Blue Sky, an anti-Scientology book. Two days after her conversation with Ribisi, Llywelyn received a one-paragraph "disconnection letter" from Lee and was labeled a Suppressive Person.[40]

Following his divorce from Llywelyn, Lee became engaged to actress Beth Riesgraf. Together, they have a son, Pilot Inspektor. Lee states their son's name was inspired by "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" by rock band Grandaddy.[41]

Lee met fashion model and actress Ceren Alkaç at a concert while on vacation in England. Following their initial meeting, the pair stayed in touch via email and texts, with Alkaç subsequently moving to the United States and starting a relationship with Lee.[42] The couple married in California in July 2008; a month later, Alkac gave birth to a daughter named Casper.[41][43][44] The couple had their second child, a son named Sonny, in 2012.[45] Alkaç was born in İzmir, and emigrated with her family to Australia from Turkey soon afterward.[46]


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Video Days
1993 Mi Vida Loca Teenage Drug Customer
1994 Chance and Things Dance Instructor on the Television
1995 Mallrats Brodie Bruce
1996 Drawing Flies Donner
1997 Chasing Amy Banky Edwards Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
A Better Place Dennis Pepper
1998 Kissing a Fool Jay Murphy
American Cuisine Loren Collins
Enemy of the State Daniel Zavitz
1999 Dogma Azrael
Mumford Skip Skipperton
2000 Almost Famous Jeff Bebe Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated-Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama/Romance
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Heartbreakers Jack Withrowe
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Brodie Bruce / Banky Edwards
Vanilla Sky Brian Shelby
2002 Big Trouble Puggy
Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Documentary
Stealing Harvard John Plummer
2003 A Guy Thing Paul
Dreamcatcher Beaver
I Love Your Work Larry Hortense
2004 Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party Documentary
Jersey Girl PR Exec #1
The Incredibles Buddy Pine/Incredi-Boy/Syndrome Voice only
2005 Jack-Jack Attack Voice only
Short film included in The Incredibles DVD release
The Ballad of Jack and Rose Gray
Drop Dead Sexy Frank
2006 Clerks II Lance Dowds
Rising Son: The Legend of Christian Hosoi Documentary
Monster House Bones Voice only
2007 Underdog Underdog (Shoeshine)
The Man Who Souled the World Documentary
Alvin and the Chipmunks Dave Seville
2008 Celebrity Family Feud Earl Hickey
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Dave Seville
2010 Cop Out Roy
2011 Noah's Ark: The New Beginning Japheth Voice only
The Other Side Mortimer Flybait
Columbus Circle Charlie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Dave Seville
2014 Behaving Badly Father Krumins
Tell Ray
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Dave Seville
2016 Mallrats 2 Brodie Bruce
TBA Diamond Billy Curtis Also producer and writer


Year TV Show Role Notes
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Phillip Messenger
2005–2009 My Name Is Earl Earl Hickey 96 episodes
Producer (50 episodes)
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006–2007)
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005–2006)
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2006–2007)
Nominated-Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Comedy (2006)
2010–2013 Raising Hope Smokey Floyd Guest star
2010–2011 Memphis Beat Dwight Hendricks 20 episodes
2011 Up All Night Kevin
2013 Men at Work Donnie Guest star
Cameo appearance (uncredited)
2015–present Cocked Grady Paxson Amazon Studios pilot episode
2015 Away and Back [37] Jack Peterson
2015 We Bare Bears Charlie[47] Voice only

Video games

Year Game Role Notes
2004 The Incredibles Syndrome Voice only
2006 Tony Hawk's Project 8 Himself Voice only
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Dave Seville Voice only
Cutscenes only
2010 Skate 3 Coach Frank Voice only[15]
2013 Disney Infinity Syndrome Voice only
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Syndrome Voice only[48]


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