Jason Bateman – The ‘Ozark’ Star

Jason Kent Bateman is a famous American film and television actor, director and producer best known for his work in several comedy films. Bateman gained recognition after he made his acting debut in 1981 with the popular television series ‘Little House on the Prairie’. Bateman also appeared in the sitcom ‘Silver Spoons’ from 1982–1984 and ‘The Hogan Family’ from 1986-1991. He made his silver screen debut in 1987 with the film ‘Teen Wolf Too’ in 1987.

Bateman became a household name after appearing as Michael Bluth in the critically acclaimed situational comedy ‘Arrested Development’ that started airing in 2003, having appeared in all 4 seasons in the lead role, which earned him both, a Golden Globe as well as a Satellite Award. He also appeared in several successful films including ‘Juno’, ‘Hancock’ ‘Up in the Air’ ‘The Switch’ ‘Paul’, ‘Horrible Bosses’ ‘The Change-Up’, ‘Identity Thief’ ‘Horrible Bosses 2’, ‘The Gift’ and the 2016 animation film ‘Zootopia’. As on 2017, he appeared as Martin “Marty” Byrde in the Netflix original series ‘Ozark’.

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Early Life and Education

Bateman was born on 14 January 1969 in Rye, New York, the son of Pan Am flight attendant Victoria Elizabeth, born in Shropshire, England and film actor, director and writer Kent Bateman, who also founded a Hollywood repertory stage. He was first raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his family relocated when he was four years old and later grew up in California. Bateman has one biological sibling, an elder sister, Justine Bateman, who appears on the NBC sitcom ‘Family Ties’ and three half-siblings, all brothers.

Bateman completed his primary education from a school in Salt Lake City and later studied at William Howard Taft Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. He then enrolled at Pacific Hills School, Hollywood California, but did not graduate from either high schools and embarked upon a career in acting, having started his career as a child artiste in 1981.

Career Rise

Bateman debuted in 1981 with the sit-com series ‘Little House on the Prairie’, which earned him instant recognition. His next appearance was on another sit-com, ‘Silver Spoons’ on which he appeared from 1982 to 1984, The show made him a teenage sensation. Bateman’s next big role was that of Matthew Burton on the series ‘It’s Your Move’ and he gained even more popularity for his portrayal of David Hogan on ‘The Hogan Family’ that aired from 1986-1991. Bateman made his film debut in 1987 with ‘Teen Wolf Too’ portraying the lead character ‘Todd Howard’.

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Bateman received critical acclaim for his work in the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Fox series ‘Arrested Development’ on which he essays the lead character of Michael Bluth. Over the years, Bateman has starred in several successful films like ‘The Sweetest Thing’, ‘Starsky and Hutch’, ‘Juno’, ‘Hancock’, ‘Up in the Air’, ‘The Switch’, ‘Horrible Bosses’, ‘Identity Thief’, ‘The Longest Week’ and the 2016 animation film ‘Zootopia’. His other significant television appearances include the shows ‘Simon’, ‘Chicago Suns’, ‘George & Leo’ and ‘Sit Down, Shut Up’. Since July 2017, Bateman has been producing and appearing in the Netflix original thriller series ‘Ozark’ in which he essays the character of Martin “Marty” Byrde.


Bateman dated actress Amanda Anka who is also singer Paul Anka’s daughter for several years and married her in July 2001. Together, they have two children, daughters Francesca Nora Bateman and Maple Sylvie Bateman born in 2006 and 2012 respectively. The family lives in New York City.

The 1.8 meter tall  Bateman struggled with alcohol and drug addiction in the 1990’s and labelled it “risky business” after gaining sobriety. He underwent a surgery in 2012 after a benign polyp was detected in his throat.

Jason Bateman – Net Worth and Salary

Bateman has an estimated net worth of approximately $30 Million. He reportedly receives $300,000 per episode.

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