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Jason Lee (actor)
- For other people with this name, see Jason Lee (disambiguation).
Lee's first career was as a professional skateboarder in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Notable tricks performed by Lee (and there were many) were 360 kickflips, kickflip backside tailslides, and curb cut launched Japan airs. He was co-founder of Stereo skateboards (along with Chris Pastras ) in 1992, a company which has been revived by the pair as of 2004 after having been defunct for several years. He was one of the first skateboarders to receive a pro model shoe, and his part in the 1991 Blind skateboards promotional video Video Days remains very influential to this day. Today, he is remembered as one of the most influential and innovative street skaters of the early 1990s.
Lee's decision to leave professional skating for mainstream acting took the skateboarding world by surprise. His first major film role was in Kevin Smith's Mallrats which became a cult hit. He remained a close friend of Smith and has appeared in most of the director's works—including Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jersey Girl. He has appeared as a secondary character in Enemy of the State, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, A Guy Thing, Dreamcatcher, and The Ballad of Jack and Rose. He also voiced the evil Syndrome in the animated movie The Incredibles.
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