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Jason Lee      

Actor Known for his Role on "Memphis Beat"

Jason Lee was a prominent professional skateboarder in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He co-founded Stereo Skateboards with Chris "Dune" Pastras in 1992, and the pair revived the company in 2003 after it had been defunct for several years.

After taking some minor acting roles in 1992-1994, including the Spike Jonze-directed Sonic Youth music video for "100%," a small part in Allison Anders' 1993 film "Mi Vida Loca," and a bit part as a dance instructor on the television in the picture "Chance and Things," Lee left professional skateboarding for a full-time acting career.

His first major movie role was in Kevin Smith's "Mallrats," which became a cult hit. This started a friendship that subsequently led to appearances in many of Smith's films, including "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," "Clerks II," and "Cop Out." Lee won an Independent Spirit Award for his role in "Chasing Amy" as Banky Edwards, a comic book inker.

Lee graduated to leading man roles in "Heartbreakers" (with Jennifer Love Hewitt) and "Stealing Harvard" (with Tom Green), as well as "A Guy Thing" (with Julia Stiles). He has had supporting roles in "Vanilla Sky," "Almost Famous" as a rock star, "Dreamcatcher," "Big Trouble," "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," and "Mumford," as well as a minor role in "Enemy of the State."

Lee also voiced the supervillain Syndrome in the animated movie "The Incredibles" and its DVD bonus video "Jack-Jack Attack." Lee reprised the role as a "robot copy" of Syndrome in the 2006 Disney on Ice play Disney Presents Pixar's "The Incredibles" in a Magic Kingdom Adventure. He is also the voice of Underdog in "Underdog" and plays David "Dave" Seville in the films "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked."

In 2005, Lee was offered the lead role in the NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl." In the series, Lee stars as Earl Hickey, a petty thief who discovers karma and sets out to put right all his past wrongs. Lee received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Musical or Comedy in 2006 and 2007, as well as a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006.

On June 22, 2010, the new TNT series "Memphis Beat" premiered. Lee starred with Alfre Woodard and played Dwight Hendricks, a character who works as a police officer and moonlights as a blues singer.

Lee also guest-starred on an episode of Fox's "Raising Hope," a show created by "My Name is Earl" producer and creator Greg Garcia. He also appeared in "Up All Night."


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