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Jason Lee
Jason lee02.jpg
Jason Lee in 2006
Born (1970-04-25) April 25, 1970 (age 43)
Huntington Beach, Orange County, California
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Producer, Professional 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

Jason Michael Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and professional skateboarder, known for his roles as the title character on the NBC television series, My Name is Earl, Syndrome in the film The Incredibles, Dave Seville in the Alvin and the Chipmunks films, and his work with director Kevin Smith.[1] Lee is also the co-founder and co-owner (with Chris Pastras) of Stereo Skateboards, a company that sponsors team riders and is primarily concerned with the manufacture of skateboard decks.

Early life[edit]

Lee was born in Orange County, California, the son of Greg and Linda Lee.[2] He was raised in Huntington Beach and attended Ocean View High School.[3]

Career[edit]

Skateboarding[edit]

As a professional skateboarder, Lee's reputation was especially prominent in the late-1980s and early-1990s. He co-founded Stereo Skateboards with Chris "Dune" Pastras in 1992, and the pair revived the company in 2003 after it had been defunct for several years.[4][5] Both Lee and Pastras remain on the professional "Classics" team roster as of October 2013.[6]

Stereo[edit]

Pastras, who was nineteen years of age when the company was founded, has explained in a 2012 interview, in relation to the original formation of Stereo:

It didn't piss off the cool guys and it didn't piss off the hesh guys; it was just sort of, like, retro-Americana. It was, like, an original vibe, you know. And anyone that skated could be, like, "Oh, I get that. It's cool." It was the perfect thing for the perfect time—Stereo ... I met Jason because me and Mike V (Vallely) took a trip out to California, and I was, like, fourteen, fifteen years-old, and we came out and stayed with Mark Gonzales. So, I got super lucky and I met Jason our first trip out, or my first trip out ... We both kinda had similar music tastes and interests. We weren't, like, drinking beer, we were drinking wine—you know? ... Stereo was, kinda, a manifestation of our, sort of, aesthetic. We both got, sorta, I guess, like, disillusioned with ... things, it was just like a no-brainer, you know, like, why don't we start our own deal? Our concept wasn't fully developed. It was just like, "Oh yeah, we want, like, a retro skate brand!", you know?'[7]

The original team from the 1990s, in addition to Lee and Pastras, included Ethan Fowler,[8] Matt Rodriguez,[9] Carl Shipman,[10] and Mike Daher,[11] and the company released its first video, A Visual Sound, in 1994, adopting the aesthetic of retro companies such as the Blue Note jazz record label, and non-skateboarding influences. However, by 1999, the style that Lee and Pastras had infused into their brand was not marketable and the company gradually dissolved, with the distributor at the time, diverting its financial resources into the launch of other initiatives. Pastras revealed in 2012, "It was, like, a huge relief when it, when Stereo, ended, just because it was, like, the first time I got to not be the 'skater dude', that I knew; put that down for a minute and, sort of, like, joined the rest of the world for a minute, and not feel pressured to skate; but I got sick of it real quick."[7]

Prior to the relaunch of Stereo, Pastras received an email from Lee, who informed his former partner that he had been skateboarding again in a new skate park that was owned by professional skateboarder, Steve Berra—Lee explained in the email that he had been executing tricks such as 360-flips and backside flips. Pastras has stated, "I could tell he was really excited about skateboarding." At the point when Lee raised the idea of restarting Stereo to Pastras, the latter had already been working in the area of the company's trademark for a year.[7]

As of January 2013, the Stereo brand, together with the Hi-Fi wheel company, also co-owned by Lee, is distributed by the Antics! International company, also responsible for distributing the Theeve, Lurkville, and Armourdillo skateboard brands—the Antics! negotiation was finalized in September 2010. Professional skateboarders such as Kyle Leeper, Clint Peterson, Benny Fairfax, and Raymond Molinar ride for the Stereo brand (no team exists for the Hi-Fi brand, but a signature "filmer wheel" for skateboard videographer, Jason Hernandez, is featured on the January 2013 website).[4][12][13][14][15][16][17] In the Antics! press release following the Stereo and Hi-Fi signing, Brian Howard, at the time the general manager of the distribution company, stated:

Stereo is one of those brands in skateboarding that has true heritage and respect from the skateboard world. The opportunity to be involved with the Stereo and Hi-Fi [brands] is very exciting. With Jason, Chris, and their team behind the creative and Antics behind the operations, I feel that we will push Stereo to a whole new level.[4]

Sponsors[edit]

Lee and Tony Hawk were the first two skateboarders to receive a signature shoe with the Airwalk company.[18][19] As of November 25, 2008, Lee is sponsored by Stereo, Zumiez, WeSC, and Dekline Footwear.[20][21]

Video parts[edit]

Lee was featured in the 1991 Blind Skateboards video, Video Days, shot by director Spike Jonze, as he was a key member of the company's team, in addition to Guy Mariano, at the time.[22] In 2004, Lee's skateboarding was featured in the film, Way Out East!, a film produced by Stereo Skateboards that Lee co-directed alongside Pastras and Eric Noren.[23][24]

In August 2012, Lee was featured in a brief video on the skateboard website, The Berrics, entitled "Jason Lee decides to come to the park".[25]

Charity work[edit]

In August 2012, Lee participated in the 9th annual Stand Up For Skateparks Event, at which he was co-chair with Hawk.[26] 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."[27]

Video game appearances[edit]

Lee later worked with Hawk when he lent his voice and likeness to the skateboarding video game, Tony Hawk's Project 8, to become a playable character.[28] Lee then appeared in another skateboarding video game in 2010, with Skate 3, appearing as "Coach Frank", a character created during the development of Stereo.[29][30]

Acting career[edit]

After taking some minor acting roles in 1992-1994, including the Jonze-directed Sonic Youth music video for "100%," a small part in Allison Anders' 1993 film Mi Vida Loca, and a bit part as a dance instructor on the television in the picture Chance and Things, Lee left professional skateboarding for a full-time acting career.[31] His first major movie role was in Kevin Smith's Mallrats, which became a cult hit.[31][32] 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.[33][34] 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 (with Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Stealing Harvard (with Tom Green), as well as A Guy Thing (with Julia Stiles).[35][36][37] 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.[33] Lee also voiced the supervillain Syndrome in the animated movie The Incredibles and its DVD bonus video Jack-Jack Attack.[33] 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.[38] He is also the voice of Underdog in Underdog and plays David "Dave" Seville in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.[33][34]

In 2005, Lee was offered the lead role in the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl.[39] 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.[40][41][42] After four seasons of My Name is Earl NBC cancelled the series.

On June 22, 2010, the new TNT series Memphis Beat premiered. Lee stars with Alfre Woodard[43] and plays Dwight Hendricks, a character who works as a police officer and moonlights as a blues singer.[43] In October 2011, it was announced the series was not renewed for a third season.

Lee also guest-starred in a 2010 episode of Fox's Raising Hope, a show created by My Name is Earl producer and creator Greg Garcia.[44][45]

As of December 2011, Lee appears in the NBC comedy Up All Night,[46] but it was officially canceled on May 9, 2013, after its second season. A fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise was then announced in June 2013 by the 20th Century Fox studio and a release date of December 11, 2015; however, Lee's involvement was not confirmed.[47]

Charity work[edit]

In October 2012, 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. The video also features Clint Peterson (Stereo) and Giovanni Reda (WESC), who are both teammates of Lee.[48]

Influence[edit]

Professional skateboarder and co-founder/owner of the Girl and Lakai Limited Footwear skateboard brands, Mike Carroll,[49] has cited Lee and Julian Stranger as his seminal influences—Carroll revealed this information during an interview that corresponded with the selection of Carroll as the sixteenth most influential skateboarders of all time by the Transworld Skateboarding publication.[50]

Indie pop band All Girl Summer Fun Band named its song "Jason Lee" after him.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Lee married actress and photographer Carmen Llywelyn in 1995, but they divorced in 2001. Llywelyn later cited Lee's devotion to Scientology as the reason for the cessation of the relationship.[52][53]

Lee was then engaged to actress Beth Riesgraf who gave birth to their son Pilot Inspektor. The unusual name was inspired by the song "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot", by indie rock band Grandaddy.[54]. Lee has insisted that his son does not dislike his unusual name, stating that "Pilot loves his name. He goes to a little hippy school where all the children have interesting names. He has a friend named Zoot. Then there's Cosmo, and lots of others too."[55] Lee and Riesgraf separated in 2007 prior to the registration of an official marriage.[56]

Whilst on holiday in England, Lee met Turkish model Ceren Alkaç at a concert. Shortly afterwards Alkaç returned to Turkey, however the two stayed in touch through email and text messages until she came to America.[57] On August 10, 2008, Alkaç gave birth to a daughter who they named Casper[54] and on November 24, 2008, Lee's publicist announced that the couple had secretly wed in California in July 2008.[58] On June 16, 2012, Alkaç gave birth to a son in Los Angeles, U.S. and the couple named him Sonny Lee.[59]

In December 2011, Lee explained the influence of being a father and over forty years of age: "I gave up a lot of things and started exercising. I used to smoke cigarettes and we all like our wine and beer and things like that. I gave all that up and I just got on a very strict diet and started exercising, cycling and running, I dropped about 35 pounds."[46]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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 Syndrome / Buddy Pine ("IncrediBoy") Voice only
2005 Jack-Jack Attack Syndrome 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) Voice only
The Man Who Souled the World Documentary
Alvin and the Chipmunks Dave Seville Nominated - Kids' Choice Award for Favourite Movie Actor
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 Voice only
Columbus Circle
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Dave Seville
2012 Back in Time Henry Foster
Happy Holidays, Katherine Sloane Pre-production
2013 Behaving Badly Father Krumins Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year TV Show Role Notes
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Phillip Messenger
2005–2009 My Name Is Earl Earl Hickey 96 Episodes
Also Producer for 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)
2010-2013 Raising Hope Smokey Floyd Guest Star
2010-2011 Memphis Beat Dwight Hendricks 20 episodes
2011 Up All Night Kevin
2013 Second sight
2013 Men at Work Donnie Guest star, uncredited cameo appearance

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2004 The Incredibles Syndrome
2006 Tony Hawk's Project 8 Himself
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks David Seville Cutscenes Only
2010 Skate 3 Coach Frank [29]

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