5 Things You Didnt Know About Jason Lee

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Jason Michael Lee was born and raised in Orange County. At the age of 13 he took up skateboarding and by 18 he was on the professional circuit. However, after moving to Los Angeles during his early twenties, he became interested in acting and began his career with commercials and music videos. His career bloomed with numerous roles on the big screen as well the small screen. He is also a successful entrepreneur and artist but it doesn’t look like he will be slowing down anytime soon. 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jason Lee

1. Jason Lee dropped out of high school to be a pro skate boarder and his dream became realization. Jason was a professional skateboarder for 7 years before retiring in 1996.

2. He chose to name his son ‘Pilot Inspektor’. 

3. During an interview Lee stated that he was inspired to become an actor by the Coen brothers’ film, Barton Fink (1991), particularly by Steve Buscemi’s performance as “Chet”.

4. Lee is a professional photographer, in addition to personal projects he photographs for Anthem magazine based out of Los Angeles. He is also an avid supporter and collector of the arts. 

5. His latest work is a Hallmark Hall of Fame original: Away and Back. 


When a family of swans makes their home on the Peterson farm, it’s love at first sight for 10-year-old daughter Frankie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).  But along comes no-nonsense ornithologist Ginny Newsom (Minka Kelly), who rushes in to “save” the majestic birds.  For Frankie’s dad Jack (Jason Lee), it’s dislike at first sight when he encounters pushy, know-it-all Ginny.  Frankie and her brothers are anything but neutral observers as they watch the initial hostility between their widowed father and the strong-willed Ginny transform into something else. The movie stars Jason Lee and Minka Kelly, and is directed by Jeff Bleckner, director of Hallmark Hall of Fame fan favorites like Remember Sunday (2013) and Loving Leah (2009).

For more than 60 years, the Hallmark Hall of Fame has presented original films that entertain, enlighten and inspire. AWAY & BACK is the latest in the series and is no exception to the Hallmark Hall of Fame legacy.

Tune in to the premiere of Hallmark Hall of Fame’s AWAY & BACK on Sunday, January 25th at 8/7 Central on Hallmark Channel – following the premiere, DVD sales of the movie will be available at Hallmark Hall of Fame. Be sure to enter the AWAY & BACK Trailer – Share to Win Sweepstakes too.

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41 thoughts on “5 Things You Didnt Know About Jason Lee”

  1. I knew about his son’s name and I don’t even know what to say about that. But I didn’t know about the skateboarding. That’s fascinating!

  2. I like a lot of Jason Lee’s work and will have to watch this one, too. Very interesting that he goes for unusual names for kids.

  3. I never heard of this actor before but if he is in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie he must be one of the better actors around! I have always enjoyed watching Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and will be watching for this one.

  4. Definitely didn’t know that about Jason Lee, but I guess I didn’t know much about him anyways. I do miss seeing him in Earl.

  5. I love Jason Lee. I totally have a crush on him. Haha. I blame it on his Jay & Silent Bob roles but I do want to see this movie!

  6. I have always like Jason Lee and now I like him even better. I had to laugh at the skateboarding because at the same time he was going pro I was a poser. Just shows how old I am. :)

  7. These are some interesting facts about him. To me it seems like he’s always been willing to chase his dreams and I really like that. I can’t wait to check out the movie!

  8. How fun that he made the skateboard dream a reality! That’s a great dream for so many young boys. My son loved the skateboard when he was a kid (he’s grown now). ;)

  9. I enjoy a lot of Jason Lee’s work, and I did not know about his skateboarding past! I DID know about his son’s name…and I just can’t understand it. :)

  10. How cool. I actually knew everything about Jason Lee with the exception of the photography. That’s pretty cool. I aspire to be a better photographer.

  11. Aside from that ridiculous name he gave his son, I think he sounds like a pretty cool dude. I didn’t know he did photography too!

  12. When I think about Hallmark movies, I know a box of tissues are in order. They always have such moving story lines! Can’t wait to see this one.


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