With a flourishing career that includes an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in writer-director Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997) and memorable roles in multiple features for such directors as Smith, Cameron Crowe and Lawrence Kasdan, Jason Lee has solidly established himself among critics, directors and peers.
In 2010 Lee was seen in Kevin Smith’s feature, Cop Out. In 2012, he starred in the indie thriller Columbus Circle, with Selma Blair and Giovanni Ribisi.
Lee appeared as the lead in TNT’s Memphis Beat in 2010-2011.
For four seasons, Lee starred in and produced the half-hour NBC comedy series My Name is Earl, about a hapless crook who has an epiphany after winning a small fortune in the lottery. He earned two Golden Globe nominations and two SAG Award nominations for his performance.
Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Calif., Lee turned a childhood pastime of skateboarding into a professional career. After moving to Los Angeles during his early 20s, however, he began developing an interest in acting. His big break came in 1995 with the lead role in writer-director Kevin Smith’s Mallrats. He went on to star in Smith’s Chasing Amy, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for best supporting male. He re-teamed with Smith on Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and Clerks II (2006).
Lee’s extensive film credits include Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000) and Vanilla Sky (2001); Lawrence Kasdan’s Mumford (1999) and Dreamcatcher (2003); Rebecca Miller’s The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005); Barry Sonnenfeld’s Big Trouble (2002), and Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State (1998). He also provided voices for the films The Incredibles (2004) and Underdog (2007).
Lee is a professional photographer, as well as an avid supporter and collector of the arts. He is also actively involved with his skateboard company, Stereo Sound Agency, which recently celebrated its 21-year anniversary.