Jason Scott Lee

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Not to be confused with Power Rangers character Jason Lee Scott.
Jason Scott Lee
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Jason Scott Lee (left) with Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson (center) and artist Layne Luna, Hawaii, 2003
Born (1966-11-19) November 19, 1966 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Diana Chan (2008–present)

Jason Scott Lee (Chinese: ; pinyin: Lǐ Jié, born November 19, 1966) is an American actor and martial artist. Lee is well known for portraying Bruce Lee in the 1993 martial arts film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and for portraying Mowgli in the 1994 live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Personal life[edit]

Lee was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was raised in Hawaii and is of Chinese and Hawaiian descent.[2] He attended school at Pearl City High School and is a friend of Carrie Ann Inaba, of Dancing with the Stars, whom he dated briefly.

Career[edit]

Lee started his acting career with small roles in Born in East L.A. (1987) and Back to the Future Part II (1989). He played his first leading role portraying Bruce Lee in the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in 1993.[3] Lee has trained in Bruce Lee's martial art Jeet Kune Do since portraying Lee and continues to train and is now a certified instructor under former Bruce Lee student Jerry Poteet. He played leading roles in other films such as Map of the Human Heart (1993) and Rapa-Nui (1994). He starred as Mowgli in the 1994 live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Lee was originally considered for the role of Liu Kang in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat; Lee turned down the role and was replaced by Robin Shou. Lee played Caine 607 in the 1998 film Soldier, along with Kurt Russell and Mortal Kombat film director Paul Anderson, in his last theatrical release film until 2007's Balls of Fury. In 2000 he played Aladdin in the miniseries Arabian Nights.

Apart from voice-over work for the Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch (2002), he went on to appear in several direct-to-video films such as Dracula II: Ascension (2001), Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision (2003), and The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005).

Lee is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen (2006), directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood.

Lee performed as The King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I in a production at the London Palladium in 2000 opposite Elaine Paige;[4] he reprised this role for Opera Australia in Melbourne in 2014 opposite Lisa McCune.[5] Lee made his operatic debut in the non-singing role of Pasha Selim in Hawaii Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu in February 2009.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
1987 Born in East L.A. Paco
1989 Blind Fury
Back to the Future Part II Whitey
1991 Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College Kyle
1993 Map of the Human Heart Avik
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Bruce Lee
1994 Rapa-Nui Noro
Picture Bride
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Mowgli
1997 Murder in Mind Holloway
1998 Tale of the Mummy Riley
Soldier Caine 607
2000 Arabian Nights Aladdin
2002 Lilo & Stitch (voice) David Kawena
2003 Dracula II: Ascension Father Uffizi
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision Ryan Chan
2005 Dracula III: Legacy Father Uffizi
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (voice) David Kawena
The Prophecy: Forsaken Dylan
Only the Brave Glenn Takase
Nomad Oraz
2006 The Slanted Screen Himself Documentary
2007 Balls of Fury Eddie
2008 Dance of the Dragon Cheng
2014 Seventh Son Urag
Year TV Series Role Other notes
1988 Matlock Lee Tran Season 2, episode 2: "The Fisherman"
2010–2013 Hawaii Five-0 Detective Kaleo Season 1, episodes 8: "Mana'o" (2010)
Season 2, episode 19: "Kalele" (2012)
Season 3, episode 13: Olelo Ho'Opa'I Make" (2013)

Honors and recognition[edit]

In recognition of Lee's positive impact on the image of Asians in America through his physical, attractive roles, Goldsea, the Asian American magazine website, placed him at Number 7 on its compilation "The 130 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".[7]

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