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Jason performing live with Tenacious D
|Also known as||Lee
Darryl Lee Donald
December 13, 1967 |
in Corvallis, Oregon
|Years active||1994 - 2010 (as part of Tenacious D)|
|Associated acts||Tenacious D
Jason "JR" Reed (also known by the name of his signature character, Lee), is an American actor and musician, originally from Corvallis, Oregon. He grew up in Las Vegas, NV where he graduated from Bonanza High School. He is best known for his association with the comedy rock band Tenacious D.
J.R. Reed first met Tenacious D at the Actors Gang in Los Angeles. His first on-screen appearance with the duo is when he played the character Lee in Tenacious D's television series and is first seen in The Fan. A couple of years later, he appears in the Tribute music video as a shopping mall security officer. Tenacious D's debut album contains a song called "Lee", about him and his relationship with the band.
He next appears in the motion picture Tenacious D in: The Pick Of Destiny playing himself once again. He is featured on the soundtrack for the film in a skit after the track 'The Government Totally Sucks'. He also featured in 'Time Fixers', a promotional video for the movie, as the 'Time Goblin'. The world tour for the movie features Reed playing Satan, The Metal and other various roles. Whilst on tour, Reed appeared onstage with the band on the December 2, 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live. He also appeared at Marlay Park, Leeds Festival and Reading Festival with Tenacious D who were supporting Metalica. He also appeared at Outside Lands festival in 2009 and Bonnaroo festival in 2010. His last stint with Tenacious D was at the Blizzcon 2010closing ceremony alongside Dave Grohl on the drums.
Reed also performed in the now defunct band Trainwreck. Whilst under the stage name 'Daryl Donald' he was on stage with fellow Tenacious D bandmateKyle Gass. Reed was lead-vocals for the band. Trainwreck started in 2002 and then ended in 2010. The band had five releases.
Reed's film and television credits include a 1999 appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (episode Choices) as a Vamp Guard and a 1996 independent film, The Shot He recently was in a commercials for McDonald's Filet-o-Fish and Planter's Nuts. Reed also performs in Muscle Milk's Thanksgiving viral music video "Sexy Pilgrim".