Jason Michael Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American actor, producer, writer, photographer and former professional skateboarder. He made his film debut in Allison Anders‘s Mi Vida Loca (1993), which was also the film debut of Salma Hayek. On TV he played Earl Hickey in the television comedy series My Name Is Earl (2005- 2009), with Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples; for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV series in 2005 and 2006 by The Golden Globes; and Dwight Hendricks in Memphis Beat (2010-2011), with Alfre Woodard, Sam Hennings, DJ Qualls, Celia Weston, Leonard Earl Howze, and Abraham Benrubi.
Lee is well known for his roles in Kevin Smith films such as Mallrats (1995), with Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes, Smith, Joey Lauren Adams, and Michael Rooker; Chasing Amy (1997), with Affleck, Adams, Dwight Ewell, Mewes, and Smith; Dogma (1999), with Affleck, Matt Damon, George Carlin, Linda Fiorentino, Mewes, Smith, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Rock, Hayek, Bud Cort, Alan Rickman, and Alanis Morissette; Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), with Mewes, Smith, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Farrell, Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Jennifer Schwalbach, and various cameos; Jersey Girl (2004), with Affleck, Liv Tyler, Carlin, Stephen Root, Mike Starr, and Raquel Castro; Clerks II (2006), with Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Schwalbach, Jason Mewes, and Smith; Cop Out (2010), with Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, and Seann William Scott; and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019), with Mewes, Smith, O’Halloran, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Elizabeth, Dawson, Val Kilmer, Melissa Benoist, Craig Robinson, Tommy Chong, Chris Hemsworth,Damon, and Affleck.
Other films in the 1990s include Kissing a Fool (1998), with David Schwimmer, Mili Avital, Kari Wührer, and Vanessa Angel; American Cuisine (1998), with Eddy Mitchell, Irène Jacob, and Isabelle Petit-Jacques; Tony Scott‘s Enemy of the State (1998), with Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Gabriel Byrne, Dan Butler, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper and Regina King; and Lawrence Kasdan‘s Mumford (1999), with Dean, Hope Davis, Woodard, Mary McDonnell, Martin Short, David Paymer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ted Danson, Jason Ritter, and Zooey Deschanel.
Films in the 2000s include Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000), with Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Heartbreakers (2001), with Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Hackman, and Anne Bancroft; Vanilla Sky (2001), with Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Kurt Russell, Taylor, Cameron Diaz; Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Big Trouble (2002), with Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Ben Foster, Dennis Farina, Deschanel, Sofia Vergara, Omar Epps, Tom Sizemore, and Stanley Tucci; Stealing Harvard (2002), with Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Farina, Richard Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Tammy Blanchard, and Megan Mullally; A Guy Thing (2003), with Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, James Brolin, Shawn Hatosy, Lochlyn Munro, and Julie Hagerty; and Dreamcatcher (2003), with Thomas Jane, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Morgan Freeman, Sizemore, and Donnie Wahlberg.
Films in the late 2000s and 2010s include Rebecca Miller‘s The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), with Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan McDonald, Jena Malone, Susanna Thompson and Beau Bridges; Drop Dead Sexy (2005), with Crispin Glover, Lin Shaye, and Xander Berkeley; Adam Goldberg’s I Love Your Work (2005), with Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Coughlan, Lake Bell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Hoffman, Shalom Harlow, Jared Harris, and Elvis Costello; the live-action/CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks film series (2007-2015), as Dave Saville; The Other Side (2011), with Blair, Ribisi, Bridges, Any Smart, and Kevin Pollak; Behaving Badly (2014), with Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez alongside Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Heather Graham, Dylan McDermott, and Cary Elwes; and Growing Up (2017), with Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton, and Roni Akurati.
Lee has also done voice work in Brad Bird’s The Incredibles (2004), with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Peña; Monster House (2006), with Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Fred Willard, Jon Heder, Catherine O’Hara, and Kathleen Turner; the title voice in Underdog (2007), with Jim Belushi, Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, and the voices of Amy Adams, and Brad Garrett; and the TV series We Bare Bears (2015-2019), with Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, Demetri Martin, Patton Oswalt, Charlyne Yi, Cameron Esposito, Ellie Kemper, and Sam Lavagnino.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Video Days (1991) – directed by Spike Jonze – short
- Mi Vida Loca (1993) – directed by Allison Anders
- Mallrats (1995) – directed by Kevin Smith
- Hiatus (1996) – directed by Kevin Smith – also co-writer
- Drawing Flies (1996) – directed by Malcolm Ingram & Matt Gissing
- Chasing Amy (1997) – directed by Kevin Smith
- Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997) – directed by Stephen Surjik – TV movie
- A Better Place (1997) – directed by Vincent Pereira
- Kissing a Fool (1998) – directed by Doug Ellin
- American Cuisine (1998) – directed by Jean-Yves Pitoun
- Enemy of the State (1998) – directed by Tony Scott
- Dogma (1999) – directed by Kevin Smith
- Mumford (1999) – directed by Lawrence Kasdan
- Almost Famous (2000) – directed by Cameron Crowe
- Heartbreakers (2001) – directed by David Mirkin
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)* – directed by Kevin Smith
- Vanilla Sky (2001) – directed by Cameron Crowe
- Big Trouble (2002)* – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
- Stealing Harvard (2002) – directed by Bruce McCulloch
- A Guy Thing (2003) – directed by Chris Koch
- Dreamcatcher (2003) – by Lawrence Kasdan
- Jersey Girl (2004) – directed by Kevin Smith
- The Incredibles (2004)* – directed by Brad Bird
- Jack-Jack Attack (2005) – directed by Brad Bird
- The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) – directed by Rebecca Miller
- Drop Dead Sexy (2005) – directed by Michael Philip
- I Love Your Work (2005) – directed by Adam Goldberg
- Clerks (2006)* – directed by Kevin Smith
- Monster House (2006) – directed by Gil Kenan
- Underdog (2007) – directed by Frederik Du Chau
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) – directed by Tim Hill
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) – directed by Betty Thomas
- Cop Out (2010)* – directed by Kevin Smith
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) – directed by Mike Mitchell
- Shredd (2011) – also director, co-writer – TV movie
- Columbus Circle (2012) – directed by George Gallo
- Second Site (2013) – directed by Michael Cuesta – TV movie
- Behaving Badly (2014) – directed by Tim Garrick
- Tell (2014) – directed by J.M.R. Luna
- Cocked (2015) – directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts – TV movie
- Away and Back (2015) – directed by Jeff Bleckner – TV movie
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) – directed by Walt Becker
- What Goes Around Comes Around (2016) – directed by Tim Story – TV short
- Growing Up Smith (2017) – directed by Frank Lotito
- Jay and Silent Bob (2019)* – directed by Kevin Smith
- We Bare Bears: The Movie (2020) – directed by Daniel Chong – TV movie