Justine Bateman

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Justine Bateman
Justine Bateman NYC.jpg
Bateman in 2011
Born Justine Tanya Bateman
(1966-02-19) February 19, 1966 (age 48)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Mark Fluent (m. 2001)

Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American actress, writer, and producer. She is best known for her regular role as Mallory Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989). Until recently, Bateman ran a production and consulting company, SECTION 5. In the fall of 2012, she started studying computer science at UCLA. She is currently a junior with the major "Digital Media Management and Computer Science".[1]

Early life[edit]

Bateman was born in Rye, New York, to Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am who was originally from the United Kingdom, and Kent Bateman, an American acting coach, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.[2][3] Her younger brother is actor Jason Bateman.


Bateman at the 1987 Primetime Emmy Awards

Bateman 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 sister to 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 same year, she starred in the lead role in the motion picture Satisfaction. The film, about an all-girl musical band, also featured Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack.

In the 1996–97 NBC sitcom version of the British TV comedy Men Behaving Badly with Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard, she starred as Sarah, Eldard's girlfriend. She has appeared in several made-for-TV movies and independent films. Her theater experience includes Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (Roundabout Theater), Mamet's "Speed the Plow" (WIlliamstown Theater Fest), and Wedekind's "Lulu" (Berkeley Rep), among others.

Taking a break from the entertainment business, Bateman established a clothing design company, Justine Bateman Designs, and ran it from 2000 until 2003. She was known for her one-of-a-kind hand knits and sold to BendelsNY, Saks, and Fred Segal.[4]

Bateman returned to TV with the Showtime series, "Out of Order" alongside Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, and Bill Macy. In the third season Arrested Development episode, "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 Justine Bateman's real-life 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. She was also in the third episode of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

The actress made her first script sale to Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place[5] and adapted "The Clique" book series for Warner Bros.

Digital career[edit]

Bateman with Irina Slutsky (left) and Felicia Day at IAWTV meeting during Digital Hollywood 2009.

In the fall of 2007, Bateman helped produce the very successful Speechless campaign in support of the Writers Guild of America strike. Bateman began a digital production company, FM78.tv which then morphed into the production and consulting company SECTION 5.

Since then she has been sought after as an authority in the space for various panels including The Cannes Lion Int’l Ad Festival, Digital Hollywood, NATPE, and The Branded Content Summit and has been involved creatively in a multitude of digital projects.

She acted in John August’s (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) web-series Remnants, Illeana Douglas’ (Cape Fear, Good Fellas) IKEA-sponsored web-series Easy to Assemble[6] (for which she won the 2010 Streamy Award for "Best Ensemble Cast" and was nominated for a 2010 Streamy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Web-Series)[7] and Anthony Zuiker’s (CSI creator) digi-novel series Level 26: Dark Prophecy.

Bateman served as a producer on Easy to Assemble, created Digital Components for Level 26, co-wrote an adaptation of The Clique for a Warner Bros internet series, and produced a film short "Z". She also co-produces and co-stars with fashion maven, Kelly Cutrone, in their internet talk show, Wake Up and Get Real.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bateman married Mark Fluent in 2001. The couple have a son, Duke, and a daughter, Gianetta.

She served on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild,[9] until July 2009, when she resigned just prior to the end of her initial 3-year term.[10]

Bateman is an outspoken supporter of net neutrality.[11] In 2008, Bateman testified before the United States Senate Commerce Committee in support of net neutrality.[12]

Bateman is a licensed pilot of single-engine planes and a certified scuba diver.[13]

On March 24, 2012, Bateman announced on her Twitter account that she had been accepted to UCLA and will begin taking classes in the fall of 2012.[14] According to her brother, Jason Bateman, she will be studying Computer Science.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1982-1989 Family Ties Mallory Keaton 176 episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1986–87)
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
1984 It's Your Move Debbie Episode: "Pajama Party"
1984 Tales from the Darkside Susan 'Pookie' Anderson Episode: "Mookie and Pookie"
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Sara White Episode: "First the Egg"
1985 Right to Kill? Deborah Jahnke Television movie
1985 Family Ties Vacation Mallory Keaton Television movie
1986 Can You Feel Me Dancing? Karin Nichols Television movie
1988 Satisfaction Jennie Lee
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Mallory Keaton Television movie
1990 The Fatal Image Megan Brennan Television movie
1990 The Closer Jessica Grant
1992 Deadbolt Marty Hiller Television movie
1992 In the Eyes of a Stranger Lynn Carlson Television movie
1992 Primary Motive Darcy Link
1993 Beware of Dog Linda Irving
1993 The Night We Never Met Janet Beehan
1994 Terror in the Night Robin Television movie
1994 Another Woman Lisa Temple Television movie
1995 A Bucket of Blood Carla Television movie
1996 The Acting Thing Unknown Short film
1996 God's Lonely Man Meradith
1996 Kiss & Tell Molly McMannis
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Sarah/Zara 4 episodes
1996-1997 Men Behaving Badly Sarah Stretten 22 episodes
1997 Highball Sandy
1999 Rugrats Art Patron Episode: "Opposites Attract"/"The Art Museum"
1999 Say You'll Be Mine Chelsea
2003 Out of Order Annie 6 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004-2005 Still Standing Terry 3 episodes
2004 Humor Me Paula Television movie
2004 The Hollywood Mom's Mystery Lucy Freers Television movie
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Attia, Imperial Courtesan Short film
2006 Arrested Development Nellie Bluth Episode: "Family Ties"
2006 The TV Set Natalie Klein
2006 To Have and to Hold Meg TV movie
2006-2007 Men in Trees Lynn Barstow 10 episodes
2007 Hybrid Andrea Television movie
2008, 2012 Desperate Housewives Ellie Leonard 5 episodes
2008 Californication Mrs. Patterson 2 episodes
2008-2012 Easy to Assemble Justine Bateman 12 episodes
2009 Psych Victoria Episode: "Tuesday the 17th"
2009 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode: "1.7"
2010 Private Practice Sydney Episode: "Short Cuts"
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Margaret Episode: "See No Evil"
2013 Modern Family Angela Episode: "The Future Dunphys"


  1. ^ "Justine Bateman's tumbler blog "College Life. I'm Justine Bateman. I'm 46. I'm a college freshman at UCLA."". Getacollegelife.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Justine Bateman Biography (1966–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  3. ^ Jason Bateman Biography – Yahoo! Movies[dead link]
  4. ^ January 2, 2001 (2001-01-02). "A NEW YARN FOR JUSTINE BATEMAN - Fashion Features - Fashion". WWD.com. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  5. ^ Richard Huff (June 9, 2008). "Justine Bateman experiences career change". NY Daily News. NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Easy to Assemble
  7. ^ "2010 Streamy Awards". Streamys.org. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  8. ^ Style Hatch. "Wake Up And Get Real". Wakeupandgetreal.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors". Sag.org. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  10. ^ Dave McNary (July 3, 2009). "Bateman exits SAG's national board". Variety. Reed Elsevier Inc. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Justine Bateman (November 23, 2009). "We Need To Put Our Foot Down On Net Neutrality". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Nikki Finke (April 24, 2008). "Verrone & Bateman Testify In Support Of Net Neutrality At U.S. Senate Hearing". Deadline Hollywood. Media Corporation. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Justine Bateman: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tweet dated 12:33 AM - 24 Mar 12". Bateman's Twitter account. 
  15. ^ "Yahoo Tv - Jason Bateman Talks 'Arrested Development,' Sister Justine in GQ". 

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