In Hollywood (and indeed many other movie industries in the world), most actors find it hard to strike a balance between the small screen and the big screen. They either end up as film actors or TV actors. However, if there is one man who has managed to achieve a successful career in both areas, it is Jason Bateman.
The award-winning actor has appeared in several TV series as well as movies; one of the most popular being the TV series, Arrested Development. On the big screen, he has starred in films like Horrible Bosses, Zootopia, and The Gift. But his work in front of the camera is just one aspect of his accomplished filmmaking career.
Jason Bateman Began His Acting Career in Commercials
Jason Kent Bateman was born on January 14, 1969, in Rye, New York. His family moved around a bit while he was a kid. As a result, young Bateman lived in places like Utah and California. Bateman’s educational history is scant; most probably because he commenced his career at an early age.
He started his career at the age of 11 with appearances in some commercials. From these commercials, Jason Bateman eventually landed minor roles in sitcoms such as Little House on the Prairie (1981-1982), Silver Spoons (1982-1984), and Knight Rider (1984).
In Silver Spoons, Bateman played the role of Derek Taylor, the mischievous best friend of lead character Ricky. His acting so good that he landed a leading role in the sitcom It’s Your Move. From there, he moved on to other TV shows such as The Logan Family, Burke’s Law, Rude Awakening, The Twilight Zone, and Chicago Sons.
Before he found his fame-cementing role as Michael Bluth in the popular comedy, Arrested Development, Jason Bateman had starred in 39 films and TV shows.
Arrested Development Turned His Career Around
Despite having more credits than some have in their entire filmography, Jason Bateman was never quite the popular actor until Arrested Development. It is a fact that even the actor agrees to, and one that changed the trajectory of his Hollywood career.
He played Michael Bluth between 2003 and 2006, before returning to the role for its revival between 2013 and 2019. But the show’s first run was all Jason needed to explode into fame as the world’s and Hollywood’s favorite everyday man.
Since then, he has gone on to star in several popular comedies playing basically the same role or a version of it on the big screen. Some of them include Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, Horrible Bosses, The Change-Up, Identity Thief, Office Christmas Party, and most recently, Game Night.
In 2017, Jason Bateman took things with another level, when he began starring in the crime drama series, Ozark as Martin Byrde. While several of his past credits earned him accolades for his comedic performances, Ozark has been a celebration of his performance in a dramatic role, earning him several award recognitions.
As of 2020, Jason Bateman has more than 90 film and TV show credits to his name, with more than 56 award nominations and 14 wins. Both his performances in Ozark and Arrested Development have gotten him two Golden Globes nominations each. He equally has multiple Primetime Emmy nominations to his name, for both shows and a miniseries, The Outsider.
Other award recognitions are Annie Awards, BTVA Awards, Gold Derby TV Award, Kids Choice Awards, SAG Awards, and several others. In recognition of his legacy, Jason Bateman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in July 2017 for his contributions to motion pictures.
His Successful Turn As A Producer And Director
Bateman earned his first directorial credit at the age of 18 when he directed some episodes of the TV sitcom, The Hogan Family. This incredible feat made him the youngest director in the annals of Directors Guild of America.
While he directed several episodes of television between 1989 and 2013, he did not get recognition for them until 2013. In 2013, he directed his feature film directorial debut, Bad Words, with modest success. With Bateman in the lead role, the film received mixed critical reception and has a 6.6 rating on IMDb.
Since then, he has directed other major productions like The Outsider and Ozark, where he has more than ten directed episodes to his name. Several of them are part of the show’s masterly crafted episodes. In all, Jason Bateman has 12 director credits to his name. His 12th directorial credit will be in the future film, Shut In.
Jason is also a producer with two production companies. In 2010, he co-founded his first company, DumbDumb Productions, with his Arrested Development costar, Will Arnett. His other production company, Aggregate Films, has been in existence since 2012. Through the company, he has produced works like Identity Thief, Game Night, Ozark, and The Outsider. The Bateman/Arnett company has produced works like Dirty Shorts and the TV documentary, Mansome. Overall, he has 14 credits to his name as a producer, most of which are on television.
Jason has equally received a couple of award recognitions for his work behind the camera. He has an Emmy win for directing for the Ozark episode, Reparations. Bateman also has a nomination for the episode, The Toll. Reparations also earned him a nomination from the Directors Guild of America and the show itself earned him a Producers’ Guild of America nomination.
His Impressive Career Has Earned Him An Impressive Never Worth
Thanks to an extensive presence in front and behind the camera, Bateman has a net worth of $30 million. He made his money majorly from his acting career, where he commands millions in salary. In addition to his wages, he also earns points on box office performances, particularly when he was a director or producer.
Determining his exact earnings for each project over the years would require an impossible understanding of Hollywood accounting. However, his most recent and popular show, Ozark, has been earning him $300,000 per episode. So far, he has appeared in 30 of them, with an additional 14 episodes scheduled to wrap up the series.
Between his thriving acting career, his successful production companies and endorsement deals with brands like Hyundai, it is no wonder the Rye-born actor is one of Hollywood’s richest men.
Jason Bateman Has Been Married For 19 Years
Bateman is married to Amanda Anka. Anka is also an actress as well as the daughter of renowned singer and songwriter, Paul Anka. Bateman and his wife got married on the 3rd of July, 2001, and are one of Hollywood’s longest marriages with over 19 years under their belt.
Anka, who has starred in more than 26 films and TV shows, has credits in movies and shows like Ingenious, Bad Words, Cherry Falls, Bones and Beverly Hills, 90210. She is also a producer, having produced one episode of Apple TV’s The Morning Show.
Jason and Amanda share two daughters. They are Francesca Nora (born in October 2006) and Maple Sylvie (born in February 2012). The actor never fails to acknowledge his family while receiving awards. He regards his wife and kids as the three most important people in his life. He credits them with providing the love and support that has enabled him to achieve his full potentials.
Jason Comes from a Family of Auteurs
The Horrible Bosses star hails from an accomplished family. His mother’s name is Victoria Elizabeth, an English woman who worked as a flight attendant. Jason’s father, on the other hand, is an actor and a filmmaker. His father is Kent Bateman, and his directorial credits include The Headless Eyes, Death on Credit, and Land of No Return.
Bateman has an elder sister named Justine. She is also an actress as well as a director and producer. Justine is famous for TV shows such as Family Ties, Desperate Housewives, and Californication. She has also appeared in several movies including the 1988 comedy/drama, Satisfaction where her co-stars included Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts.
Jason Bateman and his sister have worked together on one occasion. They both appeared in the 1986 movie, Can You Feel Me Dancing. Their father, Kent, produced the film.
While there is no known public conflict in the Bateman family, Jason once had a business relationship with his father. Jason, in particular, was formerly managed by his father until he was 20 years old.