The career beginnings of a lot of actors do not follow the conventional route of being cast to appear in a movie or television show. In the case of Jason Bateman, his journey as an actor began in a commercial and on that foundation, he has built the solid career he has today. Bateman is not just an actor; he has found a way to extend his talents to other aspects of the filmmaking process by taking on directing and production as well. Here’s all you need to know about the talented filmmaker.
Jason Bateman’s Bio & Age
Jason Kent Bateman was born on the 14th of July in 1969 to Kent Bateman and Victoria Elizabeth. His birth took place in New York but four years into his life, his family relocated to the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Jason Bateman’s career in acting started off while he was still young and as a result of that, his education suffered neglect. He had to quit his high school education to focus on his acting career.
As previously mentioned, Bateman’s career in acting started off with him appearing in a commercial. The commercial was in 1980 when he was eleven years old, it was for a cereal company. By the next year, he was cast in the television show, Little House on the Prairie. He was on the show for one year before moving to another show, Silver Spoons in 1982. Bateman’s early acting jobs were only in television shows. His performance on the show, Silver Spoons did a lot for his fame and helped him bag a role on It’s Your Move where he played the role of Matthew Burton. The role was created specifically for him, as NBC – the studio in charge of the show, was hoping to glean some of the fame Jason was enjoying for their network.
Bateman’s first work in a film happened in 1987, seven years after his career began in 1980. The role of Todd Howard in the film, Teen Wolf Too consolidated the image of a teen idol that he had started to build with the television shows he had previously acted in. Jason Bateman’s career as an actor has maintained an upward incline ever since.
One of his biggest roles in television is that of Michael Bluth in the show, Arrested Development. Some of the films he has had roles in include Bad Words, This Is Where I Leave You, The Longest Week, Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses and many more.
His directorial debut happened in 1989, at the age of 18, when he directed three episodes of the show, The Hogan Family. This earned him recognition from the Directors Guild of America.
For his work in film and television as an actor, director and producer, Bateman has been nominated for quite a number of awards, some of which he won. In 2017, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for all the work he has done in motion pictures.
Bateman’s work is not just limited to fictional creation, he has been part of several teams that brought a number of documentaries to life.
Wife And Kids
On the 3rd of July in 2003, Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka got married. It is not known for how long the two had been dating before they got hitched; it is however known that they have two children together.
Amanda Anka is the fourth child of the Canadian-American musician, Paul Anka.
Jason Bateman’s Family: Parents & Sister
Jason Bateman is not the only member of his family that works in the film industry. His father, Bruce Kent Bateman, worked as a producer and director for the production house, Ealing Films. Jason’s sister, Justine Tanya Bateman, on the other hand, is a renowned writer, director, actress, and producer.
Not much is known about his three half-brothers and his mother; all that is known about Victoria Elizabeth, his mother, is that she worked as an air hostess for the now-defunct Pan Am.
Jason Bateman has been in the film industry before he even became a teenager, most of his life has been spent making films by either acting in them or producing/directing them. All of this amounted to him becoming a successful and wealthy person. He currently has an estimated net worth of $30 million.