Bateman at the Los Angeles premiere of Horrible Bosses in June 2011
|Born||Jason Kent Bateman
January 14, 1969
Rye, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Anka (m. 2001)|
|Relatives||Justine Bateman (sister)|
Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American actor, director and producer who rose to prominence as a high-profile adolescent actor in the 1980s, in sitcoms such as Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family, before returning in the early 2000s in the role of Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, for which he won a TV Land Award, a Golden Globe, and a Satellite Award. He has since established himself in Hollywood by appearing in several films, including Juno (2007), Hancock (2008), Up in the Air (2009), Horrible Bosses (2011), Paul (2011), The Change Up (2011), Identity Thief (2013), Bad Words (2014), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), and The Gift (2015). He is the younger brother of actress Justine Bateman.
Bateman was born in Rye, New York. His mother, Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am, was English, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. His father, Kent Bateman, is an actor, writer and director of film and television, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. Bateman's older sister, Justine, is known for her work on the sitcom Family Ties. Bateman also has three half-brothers. Bateman was four years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later to California. Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and his sister supported their parents with the paychecks they earned from their television shows; he also revealed that he was managed by his father until Bateman dissolved the business relationship at the age of 20.
Bateman started his television career on Little House on the Prairie as James Cooper, an orphaned boy who, along with his sister, is adopted by the Ingalls family. From 1982 to 1984 he was a supporting character on the television show Silver Spoons as Ricky Schroder's "bad boy" best friend Derek Taylor. He appeared in the Knight Rider third-season episode "Lost Knight" in 1984, and a number of other small television roles. In 1987, he appeared with Burt Reynolds on the men's team in the inaugural week of game show Win, Lose or Draw. Bateman earned the status of teen idol in the mid-1980s for his television work, most notably The Hogan Family (originally titled Valerie, Valerie's Family, The Hogans and finally The Hogan Family after Valerie Harper left the series). He became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director when he helmed three episodes of The Hogan Family at the age of eighteen. After the series ended its run, he gained international recognition in the motion picture Teen Wolf Too, which was a box office failure. In 1994, he played opposite legendary actors Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn in the television film This Can't Be Love. During this period, he had roles on four series—Simon, Chicago Sons, George & Leo, and Some of My Best Friends—none of which lasted longer than one season. He also directed an episode of Two of a Kind in 1999. In 2002, he played the frisky sibling of Thomas Jane's character in the feature film The Sweetest Thing.
In 2003, Bateman was cast as Michael Bluth in the comedy series Arrested Development. Although critically acclaimed, the series never achieved high ratings and ended on February 10, 2006. The show was revived in spring 2013. 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. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman. Bateman performed commentary on the 2004 Democratic National Convention for The Majority Report with Arrested Development co-star David Cross, and hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live on February 12, 2005. 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. 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. In 2010, Bateman and Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett created "DumbDumb Productions," a production company focusing on digital content. Their first video was "Prom Date," the first in a series of "Dirty Shorts" for Orbit. In 2012, Bateman returned to his role of Michael Bluth for the revival of Arrested Development along with the rest of the original cast. The now-Netflix sponsored series released Season 4 on its Instant Watch website on May 26, 2013. The series is expected to continue its run as well as a potential feature film. For the new fourth season, Bateman was once again nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Bateman features in the video for Mumford and Sons song "Hopeless Wanderer".
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. He reunited with Vaughn in 2006's The Break-Up. In 2007, he played former lawyer Rupert "Rip" Reed alongside Ben Affleck in Smokin' Aces, and also starred in The Kingdom, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and Juno. In 2008, he co-starred with Will Smith and Charlize Theron in the superhero film Hancock. Bateman's 2009 films included Extract, written and directed by Mike Judge, and Couples Retreat, reuniting with Vaughn in a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort (Kristen Bell played his wife). In 2010, he starred in The Switch, a romantic comedy, with Jennifer Aniston. In 2011, he played the role of Special Agent Zoil in the comedy Paul, and starred in Horrible Bosses and The Change-Up. In March 2012, Mansome, Bateman's first executive producer credit with Will Arnett, was announced as a Spotlight selection for the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary, directed by Morgan Spurlock, is a comedic look at male identity as it is defined through men's grooming habits, featuring celebrity and expert commentary. He made a dramatic turn in 2012 with the thriller film Disconnect, and starred in the 2013 comedy film Identity Thief and the 2014 comedies This Is Where I Leave You and Horrible Bosses 2. He also narrated the 2014 documentary Pump. In 2015, Bateman headlined Joel Edgerton's thriller film The Gift, opposite Rebecca Hall and Edgerton.
In 1987, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix. Throughout the 1990s, he struggled with an addiction to alcohol and drugs; he stated in a 2009 interview that "it was like Risky Business for ten years".
Bateman married Amanda Anka, daughter of singer Paul Anka, in July 2001. They have two daughters: Francesca Nora (born in 2006) and Maple Sylvie (born in 2012). In late 2005, he had surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.
|1988||Moving Target||Toby Kellogg|
|1987||Teen Wolf Too||Todd Howard|
|1991||Necessary Roughness||Jarvis Edison|
|1992||Breaking the Rules||Phil Stepler|
|1992||How Can I Tell if I'm Really in Love?||Himself|
|1999||Love Stinks||Jesse Travis|
|2002||The Sweetest Thing||Roger Donahue|
|2004||Starsky and Hutch||Kevin Jutsum|
|2004||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story||Pepper Brooks|
|2006||The Break-Up||Mark Riggleman|
|2006||Arthur and the Invisibles||Darkos||Voice|
|2007||The Ex||Chip Sanders|
|2007||Smokin' Aces||Rupert "Rip" Reed|
|2007||The Kingdom||Adam Leavitt|
|2007||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium||Henry Weston|
|2008||The Promotion||Retreat leader|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Animal Instincts detective|
|2009||State of Play||Dominic Foy|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Doctor||Cameo|
|2009||Up in the Air||Craig Gregory|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Jason Smith|
|2010||The Switch||Wally Mars|
|2011||Paul||Agent Lorenzo Zoil|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Nick Hendricks|
|2011||The Change-Up||Dave Lockwood / Mitch Planko|
|2012||Hit and Run||Officer Keith Yert|
|2013||Identity Thief||Sandy Bigelow Patterson|
|2013||Bad Words||Guy Trilby||Also director|
|2014||The Longest Week||Conrad Valmont|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Judd Altman|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Nick Hendricks|
|2015||The Family Fang||Buster Fang||Also director; post-production|
|2016||Zootopia||Nick Wilde||Voice; post-production|
|1981–1982||Little House on the Prairie||James Cooper Ingalls||21 episodes|
|1982–1984||Silver Spoons||Derek||21 episodes|
|1984||Knight Rider||Doug Wainwright||Episode: "Lost Knight"|
|1984–1985||It's Your Move||Matthew Burton||18 episodes|
|1985||Robert Kennedy & His Times||Joe Kennedy III||3 episodes|
|1986||Mr. Belvedere||Sean||Episode: "Rivals"|
|1986||St. Elsewhere||Tim Moynihan||Episode: "You Beta Your Life"|
|1986||The Wonderful World of Disney||Steve Tilby||Episode: "The Thanksgiving Promise"|
|1986–1991||The Hogan Family||David Hogan||110 episodes|
|1987||Bates Motel||Tony Scotti||Television film|
|1988||Moving Target||Toby Kellogg||Television film|
|1988||Our House||Brian Gill||Episode: "The Fifth Beatle"|
|1992||A Taste for Killing||Blaine Stockard III||Television film|
|1994||This Can't Be Love||Grant||Television film|
|1995||Burke's Law||Jason Ripley||Episode: "Who Killed the Movie Mogul?"|
|1995||Hart to Hart||Stuart Morris||Episode: "Secrets of the Hart"|
|1995–1996||Simon||Carl Himple||21 episodes|
|1996||Ned & Stacey||Bobby Van Lowe||Episode: "Pals"|
|1997||Chicago Sons||Harry Kuichak||13 episodes|
|1997–1998||George & Leo||Ted Stoody||22 episodes|
|2000||Rude Awakening||Ryan||Episode: "Star 80 Proof"|
|2001||Some of My Best Friends||Warren Fairbanks||8 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Scott Crane||Episode: "Burned"|
|Arrested Development||Michael Bluth||68 episodes|
|2005||King of the Hill||Dr. Leslie (voice)||Episode: "The Petriot Act"|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Hermes (voice)||Episode: "The Balance"|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson"|
|2005||The Fairly OddParents||Tommy (voice)||Episode: "Oh, Brother!"|
|2006||Scrubs||Mr. Sutton||Episode: "My Big Bird"|
|2006||The Jake Effect||Jake Galvin||7 episodes|
|2009||Sit Down, Shut Up||Larry Littlejunk (voice)||13 episodes|
|2013||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Bateman||Episode: "Super Spies"|
|2014||Growing Up Fisher||Narrator||12 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- Rose, Steve (July 16, 2011). "Jason Bateman: 'I've got a great deal of dirt on Jennifer Aniston'". The Guardian.
- Jason Bateman Biography – Yahoo! Movies
- Stated during Bateman's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, September 7, 2009
- Blackwell, Earl (1990). Earl Blackwell's celebrity register. Times Publishing Group. p. 27.
- "Jason Bateman: I'm Not a Great Son". (May 19, 2008.) USA Today. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- Jason Bateman Emmy Award Nominee
- Itzkoff, Dave (April 4, 2013). "New 'Arrested Development' Season Coming to Netflix on May 26". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- The SNL Archives. October 8, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
- "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
- "Jason Bateman and Will Arnett Reunite for Web Video". TV Guide.
- "Mumford and Sons release hilarious Hopeless Wanderer video". Music Blogged. August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Bateman, Judge Pair for 'Extract'". Entertainment Weekly. 29 April 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat" TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
- "Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Spotlight"
- "‘The Gift’". Dread Central. November 1, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 1, 2013). "Jason Bateman Set To Direct And Star With Nicole Kidman In ‘The Family Fang’". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Gary Wayne (2012). "The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach". Seeing Stars in Hollywood. Gary Wayne. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "Jason Bateman: Drugs Almost Cost Me My Marriage". US Weekly. 8 July 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "Jason Bateman Welcomes Daughter Maple Sylvia". (February 16, 2012). People.
- "Jason Bateman Undergoes Throat Surgery". (November 1, 2005.) People. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- "What Do These People Have in Common?". Young Artist Awards. The Young Artist Foundation. 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
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