‘Ozark’ Star Jason Bateman Earns Man of the Year Award From Harvard University

by Matthew Memrick
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“Ozark” star Jason Bateman landed a high theatrical honor from Harvard University students.

The actor, producer, and director on the Netflix series “Ozark” will accept the Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical 2022 Man of the Year award on Feb. 3.

The 52-year-old Bateman will be the first since 2020 because of the pandemic. The troupe’s Woman of the Year award winner is still unknown. These awards often go to people who make lasting and impressive contributions to the entertainment world.

CelebrityNetWorth.com estimates Bateman’s net worth at $30 million. He first got his start in television in 1981’s “Little House On The Prairie,” starring in 21 episodes as James Cooper Ingalls.

The honor comes as the new season of “Ozark” approaches. The show’s fourth and final season premiere will go on Jan. 21. The Netflix series will have 14 episodes, unlike the previous ten-episode seasons.

This final season will split into two parts next year. The first seven shows begin with that Jan. 21 date, but the second part is unknown.

Harvard Award Going to Bateman

According to a statement on Thursday, the theater troupe announced Bateman would get his pudding pot in a roast.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, which dates back to 1844, calls itself the third oldest theater group globally. Five former American presidents are among former members of the group. 

“We are stoked to present Jason Bateman with the 55th annual Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award. It’s been a hot minute since we’ve handed one of these out, so we figured we’d give it to the guy who all our moms have crushes on after watching Ozark,” organization president Nick Amador said.

“Dear Evan Hanson” star Ben Platt last won the award in 2020. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Bateman picked up a Primetime Emmy for his directorial work for his Ozard directing work in 2020. He’s also won two SAG awards and a Golden Globe award for best actor in 2005 for “Arrested Development.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the man became the Directors Guild of America’s youngest director for directing three episodes of “Valerie” at 18.

‘Ozark’ Star A High School Dropout?

So a man who didn’t finish his high school work is getting a prestigious Ivy League school honor?

Well, technically, Jason Bateman did not attend high school. The actor did not finish his finals during the filming of Teen Wolf Too in 1987.

Bateman’s sister, Justine, got her degree in 2016. The former actress earned a degree in computer science and digital media management from UCLA in 2016. In 2013, Justine Bateman started her degree at age 47. Over the years, she’s been a director, producer, and author.

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