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Justine Bateman

Bateman at the SAGIndie Film Festival, June 24, 2007
Born Justine Tanya Bateman
February 19, 1966 (1966-02-19) (age 44)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film & television actress, writer, producer & singer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Mark Fluent (2001–present)

Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American actress. Her television career includes a regular role on the sitcom Family Ties from 1982 until 1989.


Early life

Bateman was born in Rye, New York, USA, to Victoria, a flight attendant, and Kent Bateman, an acting coach, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.[1][2] Her younger brother is actor Jason Bateman. She attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, and graduated in 1984.[citation needed]


Bateman attending the 39th Annual Emmy Awards in 1987.

She played the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989 for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Mallory was presented as a vacuous airhead, which was fodder for jokes and teasing from her brother Alex (Michael J. Fox). In 1984, Bateman starred on the Tales from the Darkside television series in the episode "Mookie and Pookie". Bateman hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988. That year, she starred in the lead role of Satisfaction, a film about an all-girl band that also starred Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack. She also guest-starred in four episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as a Kryptonian named Zara/Sarah, who was married at birth with Superman.

Bateman made a brief comeback in the 1996-97 NBC sitcom version of the British TV comedy Men Behaving Badly with Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard, but left after a contract dispute. She has appeared in several made-for-TV movies.

Taking a break from the Entertainment Business, Justine established a clothing design company, Justine Bateman Designs, and ran it from 2000-2003. She was known for her unique one-of-a-kind hand knits and sold to BendelsNY, Saks, Fred Segal, etc. [1]

In the third season Arrested Development episode, titled "Family Ties", her character is initially believed to be Michael Bluth's sister, but she turns out to be a prostitute taken advantage of by his father and pimped by his brother. Michael Bluth was played by her brother, Jason Bateman.

In 2006, she guest starred in the tenth episode of Men in Trees as Lynn Barstow; this turned into a recurring role for the following eight episodes. She also starred as Terry in Still Standing. Additionally, in 2006 she starred in a made-for-television movie To Have and to Hold with Sebastian Spence. In 2008, she portrayed a drug dealer who rents a room from Carlos and Gabrielle Solis, in a guest role on Desperate Housewives. That same year, Bateman appeared on an episode of Showtime's Californication. In 2009 she took on the role of Lassiter's ex-wife in USA Network's Psych.

The actress has made her first script sale to Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place[3].

Justine is a founder and partner of, a production company dedicated to creating professional content for Internet distribution.

She was recently nominated for a 2010 Streamy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Web-Series [4] for her work in Easy to Assemble [5].

Personal life

Justine is a licensed single-engine pilot.[citation needed]

Bateman has been married to Mark Fluent since 2001, and has two children, Duke (born June 18, 2002) and Gianetta Fluent (born January, 2004). She served on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild,[6] until July 2009, when she resigned from the SAG board just prior to the end of her initial 3-year term.[7]

In 2008, Justine testified before the US Senate Commerce Committe in support of Net Neutrality.[8]


  • It's Your Move as Debbie (1 episode, 1984)
  • Tales from the Darkside as Susan 'Pookie' Anderson (1 episode, 1984)
  • ABC Afterschool Special as Sara White (1 episode, 1985)
  • Right to Kill? (1985) (TV) as Deborah Jahnke
  • Family Ties Vacation (1985) (TV) as Mallory Keaton
  • Can You Feel Me Dancing? (1986) (TV) as Karin Nichols
  • Satisfaction (1988) as Jennie Lee
  • Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) (TV) as Mallory Keaton
  • Family Ties as Mallory Keaton (176 episodes, 1982-1989)
  • The Fatal Image (1990) (TV) as Megan Brennan
  • The Closer (1990) as Jessica Grant
  • Deadbolt (1992) (TV) as Marty Hiller
  • In the Eyes of a Stranger (1992) (TV) .... Lynn Carlson
  • Primary Motive (1992) as Darcy Link
  • Beware of Dog (1993) as Linda Irving
  • The Night We Never Met (1993) as Janet Beehan
  • Terror in the Night (1994) (TV) as Robin
  • Another Woman (1994) (TV) as Lisa Temple
  • A Bucket of Blood (1995) (TV) .... Carla
  • The Acting Thing (1996)
  • God's Lonely Man (1996) as Meradith
  • Kiss & Tell (1996) as Molly McMannis
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Sarah / (4 episodes, 1996)
  • Highball (1997) as Sandy
  • Men Behaving Badly as Sarah Mitchell / (6 episodes, 1996-1997)
  • Rugrats as Art Patron (1 episode, 1999)
  • Say You'll Be Mine (1999) as Chelsea
  • Out of Order (2003) TV mini-series as Annie
  • Humor Me (2004) (TV) as Paula
  • The Hollywood Mom's Mystery (2004) (TV) as Lucy Freers
  • Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005) as Attia, Imperial Courtesan
  • Still Standing as Terry (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
  • Untitled Patricia Heaton Project (2006) (TV) as Cindy
  • Arrested Development as Nellie Bluth (1 episode, 2006)
  • The TV Set (2006) as Natalie Klein
  • To Have and to Hold (2006/I) (TV) as Meg
  • Hybrid (2007) (TV) as Andrea
  • Men in Trees as Lynn Barstow (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
  • Desperate Housewives as Ellie Leonard (4 episodes, 2008)
  • Californication as Mrs. Patterson (2008)
  • Psych as Victoria in Tuesday the 17th (2009)


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