Jason Mewes, born Jason Edward Mewes on June 12, 1974 in Highlands, New Jersey, is an American actor and media personality. Mewes did not consider a career in acting until convinced by his close friend, Kevin Smith, to appear as a character named "Jay" in Smith's low-budget 1994 film, Clerks. Despite have a budget of only $25,000, Clerks became a huge hit, catapulting both Mewes and Smith into stardom. Mewes has reprised the role of Jay in several other films, including Mallrats, Dogma and Clerks II. He also provided the voice for the character in the short-lived series, Clerks: The Animated Series. Though closely tied to Smith, Mewes has also appeared in low-budget films such as Repo, Breath of Hate and Cousin Sarah. Mewes has waged a very public battle with heroin abuse for much of his acting career. He has been placed on probation and spent time in rehab facilities on numerous occasions. On January 30, 2009, Mewes married Jordan Monsanto.