Jason Mewes is an American television and film actor, film producer and internet radio show host. Born and raised in Highlands, New Jersey, along with his best friend and future filmmaker Kevin Smith. He has played Jay, the vocal half of the duo Jay and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), throughout the View Askewniverse films.
Mewes made his film debut in Smith’s 1994 film Clerks as Jay. The film was a financial and critical 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), 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 (2000) and Bottoms Up (2006) and on the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He appeared in four episodes in which he and Smith film a new addition to Smith’s View Askewniverse films titled Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh? at Degrassi Community School. They appear again on the show at the premiere of Jay and Silent Bob go Canadian, Eh? in Canada.
In 1998, he starred as “Gary Lamb – Ground Activist” in a series of Nike sneaker commercials directed by Smith. From 2010-2012, Mewes played “Jimmy the Janitor” for 26 episodes of the Canadian television series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.
In the 2006 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 which results in Montana recovering the desired tapes.
Mewes served as co-Executive Producer on Smith’s Hulu-exclusive series Spoilers with Kevin Smith from 2012-2014.
Mewes co-produced the 2013 animated movie Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie with his wife Jordan Monsanto, which was based on a comic book that Kevin Smith wrote as a companion piece to the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Mewes and his wife’s daughter, Logan Lee, was born on April 1, 2015.
He currently co-hosts a weekly podcast with Smith called Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.