Born and raised in Southern California, Jason Michael Lee
(born April 25, 1970) took up skateboarding at age thirteen where he would drop out of high school to become a professional skateboarder. By eighteen, he was on the professional skateboarding circuit, where he wowed legions of young fans and popularized a move called the "360 flip." Inspired to tap into the commercial aspect of the sport, Lee and a friend started the twin companies "Stereo Skateboards" and "Stereo Sounds Clothing."
Along with Tony Hawk, Lee was one of the first two skateboarders to receive a signature shoe with the Airwalk Company during his skateboarding days. In the early 1990s, Lee took his tricks in front of the camera, appearing in several music videos, including one for the Sonic Youth song "100%," directed by Spike Jonze. Lee got his first taste of straight acting the next year when he turned up alongside Jonze as a teenage drug customer in Allison Anders's Mi Vida Loca
After taking some minor acting roles, Jason Lee retired from skateboarding after being a professional for seven years for a full-time acting career where his first major movie role was in Mallrats
that became a cult hit. This started a friendship between Lee and Kevin Smith
subsequently leading Lee to appearing in many of Smith’s films. Lee gradually made his way to leading roles.
Besides being an actor, comedian, voice actor, producer and professional skateboarder, Jason Lee is also a professional photographer as well as an avid supporter and collector of the arts.
Jason Lee first married Carmen Llywelyn in 1995 but divorced six years later and then married Ceren Alkaç in 2008.
Live-Action Film Roles
- Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2002) – Himselfnote
- Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party (2004) – Himselfnote
- Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006) – Himselfnote
- The Man Who Souled the World (2007) – Himselfnote
- Acting for Two: In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. See the first example of role reprisal below.
- Actor Allusion: In Mumford, Jason’s character Skip skateboards inside his building to meet Dr. Mumford. As mentioned above, Lee is a professional skateboarder.
- When his character Dave gets fired and comes back home in Alvin and the Chipmunks, he says "You know, if I made a list of my worst days ever, guess what, today would be at the top of the list" is a reference to him making a list he makes as Earl Hickey.
- Then in The Squeakquel, he, a professional skateboarder, trips over a skateboard.
- When Mr. Incredible tries to remember Jason Lee’s Syndrome character’s name when said character was young in The Incredibles, the first name guessed is Brodie.
- He voices Coach Frank in Skate 3, a skateboarding video game.
- Name's the Same: Was once on the same flight from LAX to Montreal with another Jason Lee where both were called to the front desk due to a seating mix-up during check-in.
- Also shares the same name as an anime voice-actor who adopted the stage name "Jaxon Lee" per Screen Guild Actor regulations.
- Role Reprisal: As Brodie and Banky in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
- Who Names Their Kid “Pilot Inspektor”?: Apparently infamous for this.