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Jason Bateman

Bateman in December 2007
Born Jason Kent Bateman
January 14, 1969 (1969-01-14) (age 41)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981 – present
Spouse(s) Amanda Anka (2001–present)

Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American television and film actor. After appearing in several 1980s and 1990s sitcoms, Bateman came to prominence in the 2000s for playing Michael Bluth on Arrested Development for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Bateman has since established himself in Hollywood by appearing in several high profile films. He provided a supporting role in the comedy The Break-Up (2006) and starred in the war drama The Kingdom (2007). He provided a more wider role in the comedy Juno (2007). Since then, he has appeared in a string of successful movies including Hancock (2008), Extract and more recently Couples Retreat and Up in the Air (2009). He is set to release The Switch (2010), alongside Jennifer Aniston.


Early life

Bateman was born in Rye, New York, the son of Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am, and Kent Bruce Bateman, an actor, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.[1][2] Bateman's older sister is Justine Bateman of Family Ties fame. He also has three half-brothers.[2] His family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he was four.[2]


Early television work

Bateman began acting in 1981, playing James Cooper Ingalls in the television drama, Little House on the Prairie. He appeared in the Knight Rider third-season episode "Lost Knight" in 1984. He earned the status of teen idol in the mid-1980s in shows such as Silver Spoons, It's Your Move, and most notably Valerie (later renamed Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family after Valerie Harper left the series), and became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director when he helmed three episodes of The Hogan Family at the age of 18. After the series ended its run, his career slowed down for nearly a decade. During this period, he had major roles on four series — Simon, Chicago Sons, George & Leo, and Some of My Best Friends — none of which lasted for longer than one season. In 2002, he landed the role as the frisky sibling of Thomas Jane's character in the feature film The Sweetest Thing.

Arrested Development

In 2002, Bateman was cast as Michael Bluth in the comedy series Arrested Development. Although critically acclaimed, the series never achieved high ratings. It ended in a two-hour series finale (four episodes in a row) on February 10, 2006, broadcast opposite the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Bateman won several awards for his work on the series, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. He was also nominated in 2005 for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

Film work

In 2004, Bateman appeared in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as ESPN 8 ("The Ocho") commentator Pepper Brooks, and in Starsky & Hutch as Kevin, Vince Vaughn's business partner. Bateman reunited with Vaughn in 2006's The Break-Up, and also did commentary on the 2004 Democratic National Convention for The Majority Report with Arrested Development co-star David Cross. He also hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live on February 12, 2005.[3]

In 2006, he appeared as a guest star on the Scrubs episode "My Big Bird" as Mr. Sutton, a garbage man with a flock of vicious ostriches as pets, and as former lawyer Rupert "Rip" Reed alongside Ben Affleck in Smokin' Aces. In 2007, he starred in The Kingdom, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and Juno. In 2008, he starred with Will Smith and Charlize Theron in the superhero film Hancock.

Bateman starred in the 2009 films Extract, written and directed by Mike Judge,[4] and Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort (Kristen Bell played his wife).[5]

In 2009, Bateman became a regular voice actor for the short-lived Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up. He voiced Larry Littlejunk, the gym teacher and only staff member that can teach.[6] The series originally premiered on April 19, 2009, airing its last episode in November. Fox is still airing repeats of this series.[6] Kenan Thompson, Kristin Chenoweth, Will Forte, Tom Kenny, Nick Kroll, Cheri Oteri, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler were the other main cast members.[6]

Bateman, along with the rest of the main cast, will reprise his role as Michael Bluth in 2011 in the Arrested Development movie. The film will be directed by Ron Howard, the executive producer and uncredited narrator of the show, and will be written by the show's creator Mitchell Hurwitz and co-executive producer James Vallely.[7]

Personal life

Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and sister Justine Bateman supported their parents with the paychecks they earned on their television shows, and that his father was his manager until Jason fired him at the age of 20.[8]

Since 2001, Bateman has been married to actress Amanda Anka, daughter of singer and actor Paul Anka. Their first child, Francesca Nora Bateman, was born October 28, 2006. In late 2005, he had surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.[9] The surgery and required recovery time halted production on Arrested Development, though enough episodes had been completed to get the show through the November sweeps period.

Bateman is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and wore Dodgers clothing in the 2008 film Hancock.[10] Keith Olbermann stated on his May 14, 2009, MSNBC show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, that he and Jason Bateman are friends and they occasionally attend baseball games and drink lemonade in New York with mutual friend, David Cross.



Year Film Role Notes
1987 Teen Wolf Too Todd Howard
1991 Necessary Roughness Jarvis Edison
1992 Breaking the Rules Phil Stepler
1999 Love Stinks Jesse Travis
2001 Sol Goode Spider
2002 The Sweetest Thing Roger Donahue
One Way Out John Farrow Direct-to-video
2004 Starsky and Hutch Kevin
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Pepper Brooks
2006 The Break-Up Riggleman
2007 The Ex Chip Sanders
Arthur and the Invisibles Darkos Voice only
Smokin' Aces Rupert 'Rip' Reed
The Kingdom Adam Leavitt
Juno Mark Loring
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Henry Weston, the Mutant
2008 The Promotion Retreat Leader
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Animal Instincts Detective
Hancock Ray Embrey
2009 State of Play Dominic Foy
The Invention of Lying Doctor
Up in the Air Craig Gregory
Extract Joel
Couples Retreat Jason
2010 The Switch Wally (Completed)
Paul Agent Lorenzo Zoil (Post-production)
2011 Arrested Development Michael Bluth (Announced)


Year Title Role Notes
1981–1982 Little House on the Prairie James Cooper Ingalls 21 episodes
1982–1984 Silver Spoons Derek 23 episodes
1983 Just a Little More Love Television film
1984 The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins Addison Cromwell Television film
Knight Rider Doug Wainwright Single episode
1984–1985 It's Your Move Matthew Burton Eighteen episodes
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Joe Kennedy III Television miniseries
Right to Kill? Television film
1986 Mr. Belvedere Sean Single episode
Can You Feel Me Dancing? Larry Nichols Television film
St. Elsewhere Tim Moynihan Single episode
The Thanksgiving Promise Steve Tilby Television film
1986–1991 The Hogan Family David Hogan 110 episodes
1987 Bates Motel Tony Scotti Television film
1988 Moving Target Toby Kellogg Television film
Crossing the Mob Philly Television film
1992 A Taste for Killing Blaine Stockard III Television film
1994 Black Sheep Jonathan Kelley Television film
Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Bill Motorshed Television film
This Can't Be Love Grant Television film
1995 Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart Stuart Morris Television film
Burke's Law Jason Ripley Single episode
Simon Carl
1996 Ned & Stacey Bobby Van Lowe Single episode
1997 Chicago Sons Harry Kulchak Star of the series
George & Leo Ted Stoody Three episodes
2000 Rude Awakening Ryan Single episode
2001 Some of My Best Friends Warren Fairbanks Eight episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Scott Crane Single episode
2003–2006 Arrested Development Michael Bluth 53 episodes
2005 King of the Hill Dr. Leslie Single episode
Justice League Unlimited Hermes Single episode
The Fairly Oddparents Tommy Single episode
2006 Scrubs Mr. Sutton Single episode
The Jake Effect Jake Galvin Seven episodes
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Larry Littlejunk Thirteen episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1983 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Silver Spoons Nominated
1984 Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1985 Best Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series It's Your Move Nominated
1988 Best Young Male Superstar in Television Valerie Nominated
2004 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Arrested Development Nominated
TV Land Awards - Won
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Television Star Nominated
Satellite Awards Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Won
Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (Golden Satellite Award) Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated


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