An American Film and Television Actor, Producer, and Director
After several years in what seemed to fans like a major hiatus from television and film productions, Jason Bateman emerged in the early 2000s as one of America’s most loved and most unique actors. But his road was anything but easy. Today, you could say that Jason has both enjoyed and endured a very interesting career that has taken many pathways, twists, and turns. You could also so that all those things eventually lead him to a very high level of success, with many great opportunities still ahead.
Born on January 14, 1969, Jason found success on stage and in front of the camera. His earliest major success was landing a major role on the television show Valerie, starring alongside veterans Valerie Harper and Josh Taylor, and the loveable Edie McClurg. The show took an awkward turn when Harper (Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda) began feuding with the show’s producers over creative direction, and the namesake of the show was fired, and replaced with Sandy Duncan. This kind of change would spell doom for most shows, but the cast of what would eventually be called The Hogan Family, lead largely by the talents of Bateman, thrived. Ratings continued to rise, and the show lasted longer without Valerie Harper than it did with her.
But in 1991, when Valerie was cancelled, the talented Jason Bateman’s career took a turn for the irrelevant. A small role in Necessary Roughness wasn’t enough to propel his career forward, and even though he steadily took roles throughout the 1990s, nothing really resonated with fans until the debut of Arrested Development in 2003. From this point forward, Bateman’s career would truly be remarkable. The understated, self-effacing actor is still quick to point towards the cult classic Arrested Development as a major turning point in his career, and rightfully so. Of his 13 award victories and 52 award nominations, more came from that show than any other single production. Although by the time it’s all said and done, his work on Ozark may rival those statistics.
And what’s even cooler is that a lot of Bateman’s work in Ozark was filmed right here in Douglas County! And rumor has it that he has been doing a lot of scouting here for his upcoming directorial TV Thriller, The Outsider, slated to come out sometime in 2020! Come check out the Douglas County Film Trail, and see where Jason Bateman and many other famous television and movie stars have made some of your favorite TV and movie productions!