California-born actor Jason Lee, perhaps best known for his role as lovable lowlife Earl Hickey on TBS’s award-winning series My Name is Earl is still hard at work in the comedy world. He has become a fixture in both television and film over the last several years and shows no signs of stopping now.
Lee’s rise to stardom was grounded in indie roots. His breakout role was that of Brodie in the Kevin Smith 1995 independent comedy Mallrats, a hopeless slacker who tries to win back the affections of his girlfriend during a day of hanging out at the mall. He became a staple in all of Smith’s subsequent movies, acting alongside Mallrats co star Ben Affleck in both Chasing Amy and Dogma, and later reprising his roles as both his Mallrats and Chasing Amy characters in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
During his time under Smith’s wing, Lee landed roles in the critically-acclaimed Almost Famous and also Vanilla Sky, which cemented his place as not just an indie staple but a legitimate big-screen actor. Going from foul-mouthed sidekick to serious supporting roles, he soon transitioned into more family-friendly roles. He lent his voice to the villain Syndrome in the very well-received animated film The Incredibles, and shortly thereafter made his way into the homes of America with the wildly popular TV comedy My Name is Earl. Following his success of the series, he starred in other television programs such as Memphis Beat, which, though it did not fare as well as the previous series, was still rather popular.
Lee has several upcoming projects, including reprising his role as Dave in the newest installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, as well as the 2014 comedy Behaving Badly. In this film he plays a priest alongside Disney starlet Selena Gomez as well as veterans Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Shue and Patrick Warburton. The film is based on the Ric Browde book While I’m Dead…Feed the Dog and centers around a 16-year-old boy who tries to win the affections of his crush in a series of twisted events.