Jason Edward Mewes (born June 12, 1974) is an American television and film actor known for playing foul-mouthed drug dealer Jay, the vocal half of Jay and Silent Bob from the "View Askewniverse" films of Mewes' childhood friend Kevin Smith. He has appeared in all of Smith's films except Jersey Girl.
Mewes grew up in Highlands, New Jersey, living with his mother, a heroin addict, who died of AIDS in 2002. He has never met his father. He was raised primarily by his aunt, but would often steal from her so that his mother could buy drugs. He himself started using heroin in his early 20s, and remained addicted for the next decade.
Smith entered Mewes into the first of a series of drug rehabilitation clinics in 1997, after noticing Mewes was nodding off during the filming of Chasing Amy. Mewes' attempt at sobriety was short-lived, however; in 1999, he was arrested for possession of heroin and a syringe, in violation of his probation.
He also stole Smith's ATM card and charged $1,100, and had heroin FedExed to the hotel where the press junket for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was being held. Smith had taken Mewes in to live with him and his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, but kicked him