Jason Kent Bateman was born on 14 January 1969 in Rye, New York USA. While he is probably best recognised as a television and film actor, Jason is also a producer, director and voice actor. He rose to fame as a child and teen actor, and to this day continues to be a successful performer.
Jason Bateman Net Worth $50 Million
So how rich is Jason Bateman? Sources estimate his current net worth to be $50 million, most of his wealth having been accumulated from his work as an actor – in particular he earns $125,000 for one episode of “Arrested Development”.
Jason Bateman received success and recognition as a television actor at a very young age – he starred in the popular TV show of the 1980s called “Little House on the Prairie”. His early start in a television career might be related to the fact that his father, Kent Bateman has been an actor, director and writer for many years, as well as a founder of repertory stage in Hollywood. In fact, Jason’s father was his manager up until his 20th birthday. In the 1980s Jason continued his work in television, having small roles in several TV shows. At about that time, he was an actor (and even the director, the youngest director in Director’s Guild of America) in the TV series “The Hogan Family”. All his work contributed steadily to the growth of Jason’s net worth.
Jason Bateman continued working almost exclusively in television – although he debuted as a film actor in 1987 when he played a role in the movie entitled “Teen Wolf Too – appearing in numerous TV series such as “George & Leo”, “Two of a Kind” and many others, but the series “Arrested Development” earned most nominations and awards for Jason. In 2005 he won the Best Actor Golden Globe award, he was nominated for an Emmy award, and won two Satellite awards in the same year. When the show was cancelled in 2006, Jason spent the next few years starring in different movies such as “Juno” (in 2007), “Hancock” (in 2008), “State of Play” (in 2009), “Paul” (2011) and many other titles, which had a positive influence on his net worth, until the show was renewed in 2013. It seemingly regained its fame, as during that year Jason was nominated for a Teen Choice Award (Choice Movie Actor: Comedy), an Emmy award (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series), a Screen Actor’s Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series) and a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy). Without a doubt, Jason’s work on “Arrested Development” has had a great influence on his ever-growing net worth.
Currently, Jason is working as a director on a comedy/drama film “The Family Fang”.
In his personal life, Jason has been married to Amanda Anka (since 2001), and they have two daughters. During his career, especially in the 90s, Jason has had some problems with drug abuse and has publically talked about beating these addictions.
Jason and wife Amanda Anka welcomed their second daughter, Maple Sylvie Bateman, on Friday February 10, 2012.
Started production company with Will Arnett in 2010 called DumbDumb, which creates short, comedic filmed advertising.
Described his Saturday Night Live (1975) hosting experience, in 2005, as "one of the best weeks of my life".
As of July, 2011, had not had an alcoholic drink in about 10 years.
Bateman's film company is called - F+A Productions - after his daughter Francesca and wife Amanda.
He's cycling enthusiast and an avid runner that averages five miles a day. "It's my meditation time," he says. "I clear my mind and think about the day." He leaves the iPod at home, preferring his own thoughts for company.
A fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and even wears Dodgers clothing in the 2008 film Hancock (2008).
A unique accent that helps with his dry comedic style
There are less films being made today... since there's no longer a bias against television, it's no longer a detriment to your film career to, you know, 'get your hands dirty with television'. It's extremely prestigious to do TV nowadays; it's no longer a second-rate medium.
[on Arrested Development (2003)] I mean, my career was not vibrant, not robust, to say the least. And then that show came along and gave me a second chance. If it hadn't appeared, you know, I may have turned to something else ... It was the most important thing I've ever done.
I feel sympathy for anybody that is living a very high-profile life right now. The media is ten times the size it was when I was a little guy, you know. Plus everybody's got a camera. If you make a mistake, people are going to know about it really fast - and I was making a ton of them when I was a kid.
I try to perform my characters inside my skill set. Which means I try to keep them close to me. Michael Bluth is very much an exaggerated version of one of my sides. It's very easy for me to be him. I know my abilities. I'm not Daniel Day-Lewis, who's able to fully morph into different people.
I don't blame the industry for asking me to continue to play parts that they've seen me play before, and since Arrested Development, it's been a very similar role, so it's kind of the chicken or the egg. I'm not going to be asked to do something different until they see me do it, but they're not going to let me do it until they see me do it.
I don't look for Jason Bateman vehicles. I played a ton of team sport growing up, and team wins are just incredibly gratifying. Guys like Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Sacha Baron Cohen, they do things you love to watch. I like to do the other half.
(On quitting drinking) I was never at a place where rehab would have been appropriate. Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key. It's like ketchup and French fries - I don't want one without the other. So that's the moment: Do you want to continue being great at being in your twenties, or do you want to step up and graduate into adulthood?
(On his career - Details Magazine, 2010) This isn't a way to make a living that you can have any control over. You can't kiss the boss's ass and work extra hard to get that promotion. Things are going better now than ever, but in 24 months? I could be hearing crickets.
[on his past drinking] As disciplined as I am. I'm also a huge hedonist. If my fun level is like a 6 when I'm out, why not take it to a 10? That's how I was with drinking. If I'm buzzed, let's get drunk. And if I'm drunk, let's black out. I mean, why not? I didn't understand why you'd stop.
My goal is to get another 30 years out of this business. So I need to figure out the fuel to do that. And so far, I think it's respect and quality and company, not celebrity or box office or stardom. It's not a sprinter's approach. It's more like a long-distance thing. You can stick around a lot longer if you kind of slow-play it.
I would rather do three or four small parts every year as opposed to some of the lower-hanging fruit that might get my name above the title. If you take that big paycheck for that, it's going to be real high-profile, you're going to be famous for a couple of weeks, and then your career is over and you've got to make sure you don't spend all your money before you die.
This is a tough town to live in if you're not relevant. I'm not making my decisions based on the fear of that. But there's a reason people have a long career. And it's because they're doing respectful work. I really want to be in that group.
I've been offered a couple of leads in some movies that really suck. I mean, you know, if they're offering me the lead, the script ain't that great. The stuff that's good, I'm a little further down the cast list.