By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Jason Michael Lee born April 25, 1970, in Santa Ana California, is a former professional skateboarder among other professions such as being a VERY famous actor and writer.
As any good loving teen in the late 70’s, J. Lee got particularly interested in California’s growing skateboarding scene at the time and burst into it in the late 80s, stood out due to the tricks he was able to pull off and a particular skateboarding style no one had ever seen! From his kickflips to tailslides, backside flips, and the best 360 flips in the park.
Part of his recognition also comes from his appearance in one of the most memorable skateboarding videos of all times “Video Days” filmed for Blind Skateboards and also for being the Co-founder of Stereo Skateboards (EST. 1992) alongside skater friend Chris Pastras.
He was also featured showing some of his skills in the music video for Sonic Youth’s single "100%" displaying well how grunge and skate culture mixed together in the 90s.
In August 2012 after being apart for a long time from the skateboarding scene, Lee appeared in a brief video on the skateboard website “The Berrics” entitled "Jason Lee decided to come to the park." You can really see in the video that skateboarding is much like riding a bike, you never forget it!
Skateboarding And Charity
Lee participated in the ninth annual Stand-Up for Skateparks Event, which he hosted with Tony Hawk. The event is held annually by Hawk’s Charitable Foundation whose goal is to raise funds to build skateparks and develop activities to promote sports in vulnerable and low-income communities.
He also worked alongside with Keep A Breast Foundation releasing a video to raise awareness for breast cancer and promoted the "I Love Boobies" bracelet that was sold to raise funds for this particular cause.
Video Games And Acting
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)
Lee also worked with Tony Hawk, lent his voice and personality and became a playable character Tony Hawk's Project 8! Its gotta be in a skateboarders dream list to be a character in a skate video game right?! Lee then voiced “Coach Frank” a character created during the development of Stereo, in Skate 3.
Lee has been a part of numerous movie appearances and even starring roles like Heartbreakers, Stealing Harvard, and A Guy Thing, he has also voiced characters in famous animated movies like The Incredibles, but probably his most important role and the one he is most famous for is the lead role in My Name Is Earl, 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. The show lasted 4 seasons after it got canceled by NBC.
Lee continues to be a significant figure for the 80s and 90s skateboarding scene and he shows that it is a still big part of his life aside from other projects and acting gigs. He has not been seen in a board for a while since his acting roles and contracts demand him to avoid any liabilities such as extreme sports where he could get hurt and delay production, but you can still see him skateboarding in his downtime when he is not working in any new TV or movie projects.
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