Jason Edward Mewes is an American television and film actor, and internet radio show host best known for playing Jay, the vocal half of the duo Jay and Silent Bob, in longtime friend Kevin Smith's films.
Sharing a workplace with Kevin Smith earned Jason Mewes a spot in the pop culture fabric of the late 1990s and into the 21st century with a string of appearances as motormouthed drug dealer Jay in the writer-director's interwoven comedies. Mewes' first appearance as Jay came with Smith's feature debut, "Clerks" (1994), which established the character's penchant for manic, stream-of-consciousness monologues, as well as his relationship with non-verbal sidekick, Silent Bob. The worldwide success of "Clerks" in the indie film market led to more appearances by Mewes as Jay in Smith's films, such as "Mallrats" (1995), "Chasing Amy" (1997) and "Dogma" (1999). The characters even got their own movie, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), which emphasized their buffoonery over Smith's usual trenchant observations about suburban life. However, the sudden rush of fame seemed to have a detrimental effect on Mewes' health, and he struggled for several years with a very public drug problem before returning to acting in films like "Clerks II" (2006) and several independent features. His critically praised turn as an addled would-be porn star in Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (2008) indicated that his...
Jason Mewes net worth: Jason Mewes is an American actor and film producer who has a net worth of $5 million. Jason Edward Mewes was born in Highlands, New Jersey in June 1974. In high school he was best friends with future filmmaker Kevin Smith. Mewes was a roofer when he appeared in Kevin Smith's first firm Clerks in 1994, playing the part of Jay. The movie was a success and has gained a cult like following. He also played Jason in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II. Mewes and Smith appeared in the movies Scream 3 and Bottoms Up. Mewes starred in a series of Nike commercials that were directed by Smith in 1998. He has starred in Canadian TV series' Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. He starred in the film Breath of Hate, a horror film, and then in Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Mewes has been involved in a battle with substance abuse starting from his early 20s. He became addicted to heroin and first entered rehab in 1997. His mother was diagnosed with AIDS and died in 2002. Mewes was arrested for heroin possession in 1999 and was ordered to a six month rehab program. For a time he stayed with Kevin Smith and Smith started a podcast to help Mewes deal with is history of drug abuse.