Jason Lee became a professional skateboarder in his teens. He segued to acting in his twenties with a supporting role in Kevin Smith's 1995 comedy Mallrats, after which Lee and Smith became buddies and worked together on a number of subsequent projects. Despite appearing in a handful of major Hollywood releases, Lee remained primarily an indie darling, known for his quirky performances. In 2005, Lee took a gamble on the small screen as the star and producer of My Name Is Earl, a hilariously offbeat and successful sitcom that ran on NBC for four seasons. He kept his name in the spotlight by starring as Dave Seville in the 2007 family blockbuster Alvin and the Chipmunks and reprising his role in the 2009 sequel.
- Skateboarded professionally before becoming an actor. As a skateboarder, was able to perfect the difficult 360 flip.
- Launched the twin companies Stereo Skateboard and Stereo Sounds Clothing.
- Made his first on-camera appearance in a Sonic Youth video.
- Writes and records music; plays the guitar; belonged to a band called Chiaroscuro.
- Won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1997's Chasing Amy.
- Has a passionate interest in art and started the Jason Lee Foundation for the Arts in 2001 in hopes of displaying his large collection.
- 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Winner
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- James Lee — Brother
- Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf-Lee — Son
- Greg Lee — Father
- Carol — Mother
- Ceren Alkac — Wife
- Sonny Lee — Son
- Beth Riesgraf — Ex-fiancée
- Carmen Llywellyn — Ex-wife
- Casper Lee — Daughter
- Birth Place: Huntington Beach, California, United States
- Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Director
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