NOVEMBER 19, 1966

NATIVE HAWAIIAN JASON SCOTT LEE BORN—STAGE & SCREEN ACTOR

Born in Los Angeles, California, of Hawaiian and Chinese descent, Lee was raised in Hawaii.   His interest in acting began while studying in high school and carried through to his attendance at Fullerton College.  Jason’s first film role, in Born in East L.A. (1987), was followed by Back to the Future II (1989).  His first lead role came in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) [no relation].  Lee’s next starring role was in The Jungle Book (1994).  In 2000, he played Aladdin in the miniseries Arabian Nights.  Jason did voice-over work for the 2002 Disney animated adventure film Lilo & Stitch.  On stage, he performed as The King of Siam in The King and I in a production at the London Palladium in 2000.  Lee made his operatic debut in the non-singing role of Pasha Selim in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu in February 2009.  In 2016, Jason played Hades Dai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

Sources:
  Matt Dicker, “Jason Scott Lee: Biography,” IMDb.  Retrieved 8/13/2020, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001462/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
 Wikipedia
Photo:  Layne Luna, 2003.  Extracted from Luna’s photo of a museum opening of an exhibition in Hilo, Hawaii, 2003.  Permissive Use.  Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JasonLeeNainoaThompsonLayneLuna.jpg.

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