Jason Butler Harner is an American actor and one of the ensemble cast members that join Jason Bateman in the acclaimed Netflix crime-drama series, Ozark.
The series premiered on July 21, 2017, with a sophomore season that debuted on August 31, 2018. Spurred on by the success of the first two seasons, Netflix announced a third season that will premiere on March 27, 2020.
These are seven facts about Jason Butler Harner:
Jason plays FBI Special Agent Roy Petty in the Jason Bateman-led Netflix crime-drama series, Ozark.
Jason was in his element, what with his illustrious stints in crime-drama series like Ray Donovan, Fringe, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Law & Order.
The highly anticipated third season for the series is set to premiere on March 27, 2020, and will see the return of Bateman in the lead along with Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Julia Garner, Skylar Gaertner, and Jordana Spiro, among others.
Jason and actress Sarah Paulson first met during their theatre days when they performed together on the plays The Cherry Orchard and The Gingerbread House. That was the beginning of an enduring friendship that has lasted to this day.
The two are as close as ever and frequently make red-carpet appearances together. Not everything has been smooth-sailing for the two, however, as their close friendship has been the subject of many conjectures and salacious rumors.
Despite the two involved having repeatedly denied their relationship as anything but platonic and Sarah Paulson stating forthrightly that she was gay, the rumor mills continue to spin. Paulson's marriage to actress Holland Taylor has not helped allay the rumors either.
To date, Jason has close to 50 on-screen credits, but his forte is inarguably in the theatre. A student of the game, Jason had groomed himself for a career in the performance arts since his childhood. In high school, he was the leader of the drama club. He doubled as an usher at the local theatre after graduating high school.
Jason then went on to pursue a Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Virginia Commonwealth University and, upon his graduation in 1992, pursued acting further with a Master of Fine Arts in the Graduate Acting Program from Tisch School of the Arts, graduating subsequently in 1997.
His first on-stage performance came in 1990 in the play What I Did Last Summer. What followed was a highly prolific and profitable three-decade career wherein he performed in such acclaimed plays as Henry VIII, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, The Gingerbread House, and The Crucible.
Harner continued his run of excellent TV performances coming off of Law & Order and its franchise series with his portrayal of Richard Steig and his twin brother Morgan Steig in the sci-fi drama series, Fringe.
The sci-fi series starred Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham and premiered in 2008, and Harner played the Steig brothers in the pilot episode of the show.
Jason landed the high-profile role of Gordon Stewart Northcott, a Canadian mechanic accused of murder in the Clint Eastwood-directed, produced, and scored 2008 mystery-crime-drama movie, Changeling.
The movie starred Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, among others, and to date is one of Jason's biggest roles.
Jason, whose full name is Jason Thomas Butler Harner, was born on October 9, 1970. As of March 2020, he is 49 years old.
The actor also stands at an impressive 6' 1".
Jason's contributions to the performance arts, not just on the screens but also on-stage has not only made him a well-respected actor in the film fraternity but also granted him a wealth worth $700k.
He has been an on-screen presence since 2000 and a presence on the theatre even longer. With close to 50 on-screen acting credits and close to 30 theatre credits, Jason has been able to amass the wealth that he is worth currently.