Jeffery Patterson is on the cover of the January/February 2014 issue of “Westside People” magazine, published in California. He grew up in the Hustleville community and now acts in and produces films.
He’s found a new life
in Hollywood movies
Jeffery Patterson ran for the state Legislature twice. He would like to thank the people of Marshall County for not supporting him.
“If they had, I would be working in Montgomery instead of making movies, which I love,” he said.
Mr. Patterson, the son of the late Jerry Patterson and the late Mara Patterson Woodham, grew up in the Hustleville community. His father had a dairy farm and a fertilizer business there.
After graduating from Albertville High School, Mr. Patterson moved to Florida, where he got into acting and then to California, where he worked in the field through the early 1990s. He moved to Nashville supposedly temporarily, but then he got married and had children.
They moved to Albertville, where he worked in real estate. At one time he owned the Moondance nightclub, where the club PJ’s Alley was at one time and the Bridge restaurant is now.
He ran for the state Legislature in 2002 and was unopposed in the Republican primary. His grandfather, the late Jesse Corbin, was a mayor of Albertville and a county probate judge.
Mr. Patterson got out of politics and moved with his daughters to Los Angeles in 2008. He took some acting roles in short films and learned the production trade before forming his own company, Once Upon a Dream Productions, to give him more control over his acting roles.
Producing a movie is like running a company, he said.
“It’s the same principles whether it’s owning a restaurant or producing a movie,” Mr. Patterson said. “You raise the money, hire a director and go shoot a movie.”
Single now, Mr. Patterson has 4 daughters: an 18-year old, twin 14-year-olds who live with him, and a 10-year-old who lives with her mother in Mobile. Mr. Patterson and the twins live in a penthouse in Marina Del Rey but plan to live on his 88-foot yacht when it’s ready.
“The girls and I paddleboard and kayak, so it will be convenient to live on the water,” he said.
His girls are part of the reason he got into producing. He grew up watching television shows such as “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie.” That got him interested in producing his own.
“I wanted things that my 14-year-old daughters and I could watch together and not be embarrassed,” he said.
“Hollywood is putting out many films I wouldn’t want to be a part of,” Mr. Patterson said. “I’m a Southern boy at heart.”
His first production was “Finding Harmony” written by Judy Norton, who played the role of Mary Ellen on “The Waltons.” It’s set in Alabama.
The first segment of a trilogy called “Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink” is in post-production and the second is being filmed. It’s a Western in which he plays 2 roles, twin brothers in the midst of a sibling rivalry.
He’s working on a film called “Angels in Disguise” with Robert Patrick (the Terminator in “Terminator 2”). His twin daughters are starring in one of his productions that he describes as “Mary Kate and Ashley” meets “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
He has worked with some big names, among them Frankie Muniz of “Malcolm in the Middle” fame, Alison Eastwood (daughter of Clint Eastwood, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”), Billy Zane (“Titanic” and “Back to the Future”), and Barry Corbin (“Northern Exposure,” and “No Country for Old Men”).
Matthew Gratzner, who has worked on “The Aviator” and “Iron Man,” directed the first 2 “Hot Bath” films.
Mr. Patterson still gets to Alabama at least once a year to participate in the Randy Owens golf tournament in Muscle Shoals. He and his daughters sometimes make it to Guntersville Lake.
He was featured in the January/February 2014 issue of “Westside People” magazine in an article titled “Is Jeffery Patterson America’s next great filmmaker?”
The writer quoted him about his biggest role: “First and foremost my most important job and title is Dad,” he said.