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Jason Edward Mewes (born June 12, 1974) is an American television and film actor, film producer and internet radio show host. He is best known for playing Jay, the vocal half of the duo Jay and Silent Bob, in longtime friend Kevin Smith’s films.
Mewes at the Florida SuperCon, June 2015
Jason Edward Mewes
June 12, 1974
Highlands, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, film producer, MC|
Jordan Monsanto (m. 2009)
Mewes was born on June 12, 1974 in Highlands, New Jersey, and grew up in a working-class neighborhood. He never knew his father, and his mother was an ex-con and a drug addict. Relates Mewes: "She used to check into hotels and take TVs and sell them...I guess it really ain't funny, but it's weird because it was so fucked up...She used to steal mail. I used to drive around with her and she'd pull up and make me reach into mailboxes. It really wasn't pleasant." Although this exposure to drugs at first served to make him averse to them, he eventually began using them after graduating from high school.
His best friend was future filmmaker Kevin Smith, who described Mewes this way: "[Jason]'s the kind of dude you know for five minutes and he whips his cock out. I was like, somebody should put this dude in a movie. I just wanted to see if anybody outside our group of friends finds him as funny as I do."
While working toward a career in roofing, Mewes made his film debut in Smith's 1994 film Clerks as Jay. The film was a success, resulting in Mewes becoming closely identified with the role, which he also played in Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and Clerks II (2006). He also supplied Jay's voice in the short-lived Clerks: The Animated Series. He, along with Kevin Smith, performed in the films Scream 3 and Bottoms Up; they also appeared on the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, in two episodes of a three-part story arc in which he and Smith film a new addition to Smith's View Askew films titled Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh? at Degrassi Community School. They appear again on Degrassi (in a two-part episode), at the premiere of Jay and Silent Bob go Canadian, Eh? in Canada. Mewes, Smith, and Degrassi star Stacie Mistysyn made the cover of the January 29, 2005, issue of Canadian TV Guide.
In 1998, he starred as "Gary Lamb – Ground Activist" in a series of Nike commercials directed by Smith. From 2010-2012, Mewes was cast as "Jimmy the Janitor" for 26 episodes of the Canadian television series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.
In the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, Mewes provides a voiceover for a thief who steals some tapes. The titular character, Tony "Scarface" Montana, injures Mewes' characters in a fistfight that regains the desired tapes.
Mewes starred in the horror film Breath of Hate, where he played a romantic love interest to a dysfunctional escort. Mewes co-starred in Smith's 2008 film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, in which Mewes, in a scene near the end of the film, appears fully nude.
Mewes co-hosts a weekly podcast with Smith called Jay & Silent Bob Get Old in which Mewes discusses his former drug addiction issues.
Mewes co-produced the 2013 animated movie Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie with his wife Jordan Monsanto, which was based on the Bluntman and Chronic comic book that Kevin Smith wrote as a companion piece to the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Mewes’ directorial debut, Madness in the Method, in which he also starred, premiered August 2, 2019 in the U.S.
Mewes has openly talked about his struggles with substance abuse, which began in his early 20s. He first began using heroin shortly after appearing in Mallrats and was soon addicted; he was under the influence while filming Chasing Amy and Dogma. Kevin Smith entered Mewes into the first of a series of drug rehabilitation clinics in 1997 after noticing Mewes would randomly fall asleep, which he initially attributed to narcolepsy. Mewes sobered up until about a week into the Dogma shoot, when he learned he could pass his urine tests by abstaining from drugs for three days beforehand and then shooting up the rest of the week. In another attempt to get clean, Mewes moved in with his mother, who gave him OxyContin to ease the withdrawal symptoms.
In 1999 Mewes was arrested in New Jersey for heroin possession. His probation sentence included community service, drug counseling, and regular court appearances in New Jersey. In late 2001, after he failed to make a court appearance, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Smith had taken Mewes in to live with him and his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, but evicted him after catching him using drugs again. During this period, Mewes stole Smith's ATM card, spent $1,100 of Smith's money, and had heroin shipped to the hotel where a press junket for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was being held. Smith had Mewes check into various rehab facilities, including Promises in Malibu, where his visit coincided with frequent costar Ben Affleck's stay for alcoholism. These attempts were unsuccessful for Mewes, whose problem was so severe that Smith was unable to give him a part in 2004's Jersey Girl.
Mewes continued to use drugs, and has related that he decided to turn himself in and get help after waking up on Christmas morning in 2002 to find that he had started a fire after falling asleep near a lit candle while on heroin. Estranged from Smith, Mewes returned to New Jersey, and on April 1, 2003, he surrendered himself at a Freehold, New Jersey, court and pleaded guilty to probation violation charges. He was ordered to enter a six-month rehab program. In a July 2006 interview he reported that he was sober, and harbored no urges to drink or use drugs. He relapsed in 2009 after having surgery.
To help Mewes maintain his sobriety, Smith created the Jay & Silent Bob Get Old podcast as a "weekly intervention" to let Mewes talk through his history of substance abuse. He has been sober since June 28, 2010.
|1994||Adults Only (TV Series)||Rick Ravage||1 episode|
|1999||Tail Lights Fade||Uncredited|
|1999||The Blair Clown Project||Witness #3|
|2000||Vulgar||Tuott the Basehead|
|2001||Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Jay|
|2000–2002||Clerks: The Animated Series||Jay||6 episodes|
|2002||High Times' Potluck||Guy|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Jay the MC||as Jay Mewes|
|2004||Powder: Up Here||Evil Villain|
|2005||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Himself||4 episodes|
|2005||My Big Fat Independent Movie||Answering Machine||Voice|
|2005||The Pleasure Drivers||Counter Monkey|
|2006||Feast||Edgy Cat/Jason Mewes|
|2006||National Lampoon's TV: The Movie||Carrie|
|2006||Bottoms Up||Owen Peadman|
|2006||Jack's Law||Bobby Mewes|
|2007||Netherbeast Incorporated||Waxy Dan|
|2007||Gone Baby Gone||"Thanks" during the end credits.|
|2008||Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Lester|
|2008||Tattoos: A Scarred History||Himself|
|2009||Midgets vs. Mascots||Jason||Uncredited|
|2009||Shoot the Hero||Nate|
|2009||Mitch and Stu's Quest||Stu|
|2009||The Science of Cool||Coach Cambria|
|2009||Degrassi Goes Hollywood||Himself||Television film|
|2010||Noah's Ark: The New Beginning||Ham||Voice|
|2010||Breath of Hate||Ned|
|2010||Big Money Rustlas||Bucky|
|2010–2012||Todd and the Book of Pure Evil||Jimmy the Janitor||TV series regular|
|2011||Silent But Deadly||Thomas Capper|
|2012||Spoilers with Kevin Smith||Himself||Also co-executive producer|
|2012||The Newest Pledge||Professor Street|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||Jay (voice)||Also producer|
|2013||Vigilante Diaries (web series)||Mike Hanover||2 Episodes, also producer|
|2014||Randal's Monday||Jay Dealer||First Character to be parody of Jay.|
|2015||Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery||Worker #1||Voice|
|2015||Hawaii Five-0||Eddie Brooks||1 Episode "Ua 'o'oloku ke anu i na mauna"|
|2 Episodes: "Short Change", "Crime Steve Investigation"|
|Shooting Clerks||Wes Jameson|
|Yoga Hosers||Rogue Cop||Also producer|
|Vigilante Diaries||Mike Hanover|
|2016–2018||The Flash||Humvee Guy
Jay the Security Guard
|2 episodes (Directed by Kevin Smith)|
|2017||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Himself||Voice; video game|
|2018||Madness in the Method||Jay|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Jay|
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