Jason Butler Harner – Bio, Facts To Know About The American Actor

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Jason Butler Harner is a brilliant American movie star who has made giant strides in the three stages of acting – Film, Theatre, and Television. The actor garnered huge fame through his portrayal of Gordon Northcott in the 2008 movie, Changeling. Asides that, the actor has equally appeared in other blockbuster movies such as Kill the Irishman (2011) and Blackhat (2015). He has also appeared in popular TV series such as Alcatraz (2012), Betrayal (2013), and Ozark (2017-2018).

In Broadway, Harner has appeared in so many theatre productions. Some of his noteworthy appearances include The Gingerbread House (2009), Through a Glass Darkly (2011), The Crucible (2016), and much more. For his brilliant performances, Jason has received several accolades including a Drama Desk Award nomination and an Obie Award, among others. Learn more about the prolific movie star below.

Jason Butler Harner – Bio

Jason Thomas Butler Harner was born on the 9th of October 1970 in Elmira, New York, United States. Born to Freddy William Harner and Neena Butler, Jason spent his early years in the suburban area of Northern Virginia. As a child, Jason schooled at C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia and graduated in 1988. While there, the actor was the president of the school’s drama club. He spent most of his time building sets instead of acting, only because most of his relatives were plumbers and carpenters. He also featured in several plays organized at the Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.

Soon after his graduation from high school, he went on to work briefly as an usher at the Eisenhower Theatre. From there, he enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he acquired a degree in Acting in 1992. Afterward, he served an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville for a while before moving to New York City to further his studies.

While in New York, Jason enrolled at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he obtained a master’s degree in the Graduate Acting Program in 1997. Years later, the actor also went to Virginia Commonwealth University where he served as a master teacher during the 2007/08 Guest Artist program.


Jason Butler Harner started his acting career on stage during the early ‘90s. At the early stages of his career, he appeared in Broadway productions of plays including What I Did Last Summer (1990), and Loved Less (1994). Later on, he followed it up with an appearance in Hydriotaphia (1997), Transit in Venus (1998), and Macbeth (1999).

In the 2000s, he featured in many popular Broadway productions with some of his noteworthy appearances in Hedda Baler (2004), The Gingerbread House (2009), The Coast of Utopia Trilogy (2006), The Skin of Our Teeth (2011) and The Crucible (2016).

The actor took his career to film and television in the year 2000; that year, he appeared in the movie Trifling with Fate as well as an episode of the series, Guiding Light. After that, he went on to star in other movies like Garmento (2002), Nylon (2004), The Good Shepherd (2006), and Next (2007). He got his breakthrough in 2008 while portraying Gordon Northcott alongside in the mystery crime drama, Changeling. Following his breakout role, Jason Butler Harner scored major roles in other blockbuster movies such as The Extra Man (2010), Non-Stop (2014), and Blackhat (2015).

His television career is also not left out, the actor has made remarkable appearances in TV series. Some of his notable appearances could be seen in John Adams (2008), Alcatraz (2012), Betrayal (2013), and The Blacklist (2014). His most prominent TV appearance was in , where he portrayed Roy Petty alongside Jason Bateman from 2017 to 2018.

For his brilliant performances on Broadway, Jason Butler Harner has recorded several awards in his name. In 2006, he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role in the play, The Paris Letter. Before then, he won an Obie Award for his role in the 2005 drama Hedda Gabler, among others.

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Other Facts To Know About The American Actor

1. Jason Butler Harner is presumed to be single at the moment. Despite his many years in the industry, he has never been linked to any woman or relationship till date.

2. According to different online sources, the actor is said to have a net worth over $700 Thousand.

3. He played a double role as the ‘Steig Brothers’ in the 2008 sci-fi drama series, Fringe.

4. In addition to his brown hair, Jason stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)

5. He narrated the audio version of Anthony Zulker and Duane Swierczynski’s book, Dark Prophecy: A Level 26 thriller featuring Steve Dark.

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