Jason LeeA multiple award nominee, Jason Lee’s flourishing career includes two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Actor in a Television Series and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his starring role as "Earl Hickey" on the hit comedy series My Name Is Earl. Lee not only stars, but also serves as a producer on the show about a hapless crook who has an epiphany after winning a small fortune in the lottery. Determined to change his karma, he sets out to right all the wrongs he’s inflicted on people.
Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Lee turned a childhood pastime of skateboarding into a professional career. However, after moving to Los Angeles during his early 20s, he began developing an interest in acting. “After watching Steve Buscemi as the bellboy in Barton Fink, I knew I wanted to be in movies,” said Lee.
Lee’s big break came in 1995 with the lead role in writer-director Kevin Smith’s comedy Mallrats, in which he deftly portrayed the inconsiderate slacker "Brodie." Lee then went on to star in Smith’s Chasing Amy (for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Actor for his role as "Banky") and as the demonic "Azrael" in Smith’s supernatural comedy Dogma. He reunited with Smith in the Dimension Films comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and in 2006, he had a cameo role in Smith’s Clerks II.
Lee co-starred in Cameron Crowe’s Golden Globe®-winning ensemble feature, Almost Famous, in the role of “Jeff Bebe,” the lead singer of a 1970s rock band called Stillwater. He then re-teamed with Crowe on the writer-director’s film Vanilla Sky.
After working on director Lawrence Kasdan’s ensemble comedy Mumford, Lee reunited with Kasdan for the director’s suspense-thriller, Dreamcatcher.
Lee’s additional film credits include writer-director Rebecca Miller’s The Ballad of Jack and Rose (with Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener), director Barry Sonnenfeld’s ensemble comedy Big Trouble, Enemy of the State and Kissing a Fool.
In addition, Lee co-starred as the voice of "Syndrome" in the Academy Award®-winning animated feature The Incredibles, and he also voiced a character in the motion-capture feature Monster House, about three teenagers who discover that their neighbor’s house is a monster. He voices the title character in Underdog, a live-action adaptation of the classic 1960s cartoon.
Lee also starred in the CG/live-action hybrid feature film Alvin and the Chipmunks, as "Dave Seville," the songwriter/father-figure to singing chipmunks "Alvin," "Simon" and "Theodore."
In the summer of 2006, Lee wrote and directed the short film, The White Door, which stars Giovanni Ribisi and Beth Riesgraf.
Lee is also a professional photographer, as well as an avid supporter and collector of the arts. When not working on personal projects, Lee photographs for Los Angeles-based Anthem Magazine. He is also actively involved with his skateboard company, Stereo Skateboards, which recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary.