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Jason Lee

Highest Rated:   97% The Incredibles (2004)
Lowest Rated:   0% Behaving Badly (2014)
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Birthplace:   Orange, California
A puppy-eyed professional skateboarder turned actor, Jason Lee has proven himself as versatile and engaging onscreen as he once did as a skater who turned 360-degree flips on the half-pipe. Discovered by director Kevin Smith, who gave him his first break with a lead role in Mallrats (1995), Lee went on to win over critics and audiences with his portrayals of men who often harbored some degree of endearing immaturity and/or sweet-natured dorkiness. In the process, he created a reputation for himself as one of the more talented and underrated actors to emerge from the 1990s indie scene, eventually beginning to earn mainstream acceptance with his casting in such successes as Smith's Dogma (1999) and Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000).A native of Orange, CA, Lee began skateboarding when he was 13. Five years later he had gone professional, traveling the world, appearing in a number of popular skateboarding videos, and, along with a friend, founding the company Stereo Skateboards and Stereo Sounds Clothing. Deciding to retire from skateboarding before he became too old for the sport and went to seed, Lee made his first foray into acting in 1993 with a walk-on role in Allison Anders' Mi Vida Loca. Two years later he auditioned for and won the lead role of Brodie, a wise-ass slacker, in Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995). Although the film received a critical thrashing, Lee did earn positive notices for his work in it, and was further rewarded with a lead part in Smith's Chasing Amy (1997). Cast as comic-book artist Banky, best friend and partner of Ben Affleck's Holden, the actor earned an Independent Spirit Award for his smart-assed yet deeply felt portrayal, and subsequently crossed over into more mainstream work with a bit part in the Will Smith suspense thriller Enemy of the State (1998) and a lead in the flop romantic comedy Kissing a Fool (1998), in which he starred with David Schwimmer and Mili Avital.Lee again collaborated with Smith for the writer/director's Dogma (1999), playing the satanic Azrael alongside a cast that included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Chris Rock, and Alan Rickman. His work in the high-profile film was complemented that same year by his well-received portrayal of a sweet-natured computer mogul in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble comedy Mumford. The following year Lee appeared in one of his biggest films to date, Cameron Crowe's much lauded Almost Famous, portraying the lead singer of the '70s rock band Stillwater. Crowe and Lee would also re-team for Vanilla Sky in 2001. Edging ever closer to the elusive leading man status, Lee would subseqently appear in the ill fated Big Trouble before taking the lead opposite Tom Green in Stealing Harvard. Though Big Trouble and Stealing Harvard both performed abysmally at the box-office, the likable Lee could still hold out for romantic comedy success with the release of A Guy Thing in early 2003. A third strike in terms of hitting box-office gold, the undaunted former skateboard pro soldiered on into the cold wilderness for the horrors of Dreamcatcher before re-teaming with faithful cohort Smith for the one-two punch of Jersey Girl and Flectch Won in late 2003. Over the coming years, Lee would tontinue to gain notoriety, popularly starring on the TV series My Name is Earl, Memphis Beat, and Up All Night, and appearing in movies like Cop Out and the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
70% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy)
  • Butch Brunner
$15.4k 2017
15% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
  • Dave
$66.6M 2015
No Score Yet Away and Back
  • Jack Peterson
2015
No Score Yet Tell
  • Ray
2014
0% Behaving Badly
  • Father Krumins
2014
No Score Yet We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding
  • Actor
2013
11% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Dave Seville
$133.2M 2011
19% Cop Out
  • Roy
$44.1M 2010
No Score Yet Columbus Circle
  • Charles Stratford
  • Executive Producer
2010
20% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • Dave
$219.4M 2009
27% Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Dave Seville
$217.2M 2007
No Score Yet The Man Who Souled the World
  • Actor
2007
14% Underdog
  • Underdog
$43.8M 2007
74% Monster House
  • Bones
$73.7M 2006
63% Clerks II
  • Lance
$24M 2006
No Score Yet Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi
  • Actor
2006
22% I Love Your Work
  • Larry Hortense
2005
13% Stealth
  • Yune
$31.8M 2005
47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose
  • Gray
$0.6M 2005
No Score Yet Drop Dead Sexy
  • Frank
2005
97% The Incredibles
  • Buddy Pine/Syndrome
2004
No Score Yet Dead Leaves
  • Actor
2004
41% Jersey Girl
  • PR Exec No. 1
2004
30% Dreamcatcher
  • Beaver
$33.8M 2003
24% A Guy Thing
  • Paul Coleman
$15.5M 2003
9% Stealing Harvard
  • John Plummer
$14M 2002
48% Big Trouble
  • Puggy
2002
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Brian Shelby
2001
53% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Brodie Bruce/Banky Edwards
$29.9M 2001
53% Heartbreakers
  • Jack
2001
No Score Yet Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma
  • Actor
2001
88% Almost Famous
  • Jeff Bebe
$31.8M 2000
No Score Yet View Askew's Look Back at Mallrats
  • Actor
1999
67% Dogma
  • Azrael
1999
56% Mumford
  • Skip
1999
71% Enemy of the State
  • Zavitz
1998
No Score Yet American Cuisine
  • Loren
1998
27% Kissing a Fool
  • Jay Murphy
1997
88% Chasing Amy
  • Banky Edwards
1997
No Score Yet Weapons of Mass Distraction
  • Phillip Messenger
1997
No Score Yet A Better Place
  • Dennis Pepper
1997
No Score Yet Hiatus
  • Director
1996
40% Drawing Flies
  • Actor
  • Director
1996
55% Mallrats
  • Brodie
1995
71% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
  • Teenage Drug Customer
1993
No Score Yet Video Days
  • Actor
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet We Bare Bears
2015
  • Voice
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
33% Cocked
2015
  • Grady Paxson
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
8% Men at Work
2012-2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Smokey Floyd
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
71% Up All Night
2011-2013
  • Kevin
  • 2012
  • 2011
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Dwight Hendricks
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Performer
  • 2005

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