Justine Bateman

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Justine Bateman
Justine Bateman NYC.jpg
Bateman in 2011
Justine Tanya Bateman

Rye, New York, U.S.
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BS)
  • Writer
  • director
  • producer
  • author
Years active1982–present
Notable credit(s)
Mallory Keaton in Family Ties
Mark Fluent
(m. 2001)
RelativesJason Bateman (brother)

Justine Tanya Bateman is an American writer, director and producer.[1] Her former acting work includes Family Ties, Satisfaction, Men Behaving Badly, The TV Set, Desperate Housewives, and Californication. Her feature film directorial debut, Violet, starring Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin Theroux, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. Bateman also wrote, directed and produced the film short Five Minutes, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Early life[edit]

Bateman was born in Rye, New York,[citation needed] to Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am who was originally from the United Kingdom, and Kent Bateman. (As of April 6, 2021, she was 55 years old.)[2] She is the older sister of actor Jason Bateman.[3]

She attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. However, Bateman could not attend college at the time due to her contractual obligations with Family Ties. Bateman stated that she was informed by the series' line producer Carol Himes, "You're under contract to Paramount Studios."[4]


Bateman at the 1987 Primetime Emmy Awards


Bateman's most prominent acting role began when she was a teenager, playing the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties in 1982; she continued the role throughout the show's run which ended in 1989. She hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988. From her work on Family Ties she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.[citation needed]

In the 1996–97 NBC American version of the British TV comedy Men Behaving Badly,[5] featuring Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard, she starred as Sarah, Eldard's character's girlfriend. Bateman returned to TV with the 2003 Showtime mini-series Out of Order, alongside Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy.

In the third-season Arrested Development episode "Family Ties," which was broadcast in February 2006,[6] 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 Bateman's brother Jason.[7]

Recurring roles included Men in Trees, Still Standing, and Desperate Housewives.

In 1988, Bateman starred in the lead role in the motion picture Satisfaction. The film, about an all-girl musical band, also featured Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, and Britta Phillips. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack. Other films include The Night We Never Met, with Matthew Broderick, and The TV Set, with David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver.

Bateman has acted in several web series. She acted in John August's Remnants, Illeana Douglas' IKEA-sponsored Easy to Assemble[8][9] (for which in 2010 Bateman was among the winners of the Streamy Award for Best Ensemble Cast and was nominated for a Streamy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Web-Series),[10] and Anthony Zuiker's digi-novel series Level 26: Dark Prophecy, in which she plays a tarot card reader.[11]

Bateman's theater experience includes Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Roundabout Theater), David Mamet's Speed the Plow (Williamstown Theater Fest), and Frank Wedekind's Lulu (Berkeley Rep).[citation needed]


External video
video icon Interview with Bateman on Fame at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, April 14, 2019, C-SPAN

Bateman wrote her feature film directorial debut, Violet, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.[12] Bateman also wrote her short film directorial debut, Five Minutes. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017.[13] She made her first script sale to Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place.[14] She also co-wrote the adaptation of Lisi Harrison's teenage book series The Clique for a Warner Bros. internet series.[15] Bateman's first book, Fame: The Hijacking of Reality, was published in 2018 by Akashic Books.[16] Her second book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin, was also published by Akashic Books in 2021.


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

In the fall of 2007, Bateman helped produce the Speechless campaign in support of the Writers Guild of America strike.

Bateman also co-produced and co-presented with fashion maven Kelly Cutrone on their internet talk show Wake Up and Get Real (WUAGR).[17] Described as an alternative to the television series The View, WUAGR was last broadcast in June 2011.[18] She was also a producer on the internet series Easy to Assemble (which garnered more than 5.1 million views during its second season.[5]),

Bateman produced the film short, Z, Five Minutes (Toronto Film Festival 2017 premiere), and Push, and the feature film, Violet (SXSW 2021 Film Festival Premiere).

Her production company is Section 5.


Her feature film directorial debut, Violet, starring Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, and Luke Bracey, premiered at the SXSW 2021 film festival. Her short film directorial debut, Five Minutes, was an official selection at various film festivals, including the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It was a winner in Amazon Prime's Festival Stars competition, and one of Vimeo's Short of the Week.[19]

Other work[edit]

During a hiatus from the entertainment business, Bateman established a clothing design company in 2000. She managed it until its closure in 2003. Justine Bateman Designs was known for one-of-a-kind hand knits. It sold to BendelsNY, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Fred Segal.[20]

She served on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild until July 2009, when she resigned just before the end of her initial three-year term.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Bateman married Mark Fluent, with whom she has two children. An outspoken supporter of net neutrality,[23] she testified before the United States Senate Commerce Committee in support of it in 2008.[24]

Bateman earned a degree in computer science and digital media management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016.[25]

Bateman is a licensed pilot of single-engine planes and a certified scuba diver.[26]


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 and 1987)
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
1984 It's Your Move Debbie Episode: "Pajama Party"
Tales from the Darkside Susan 'Pookie' Anderson Episode: "Mookie and Pookie"
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Sara White Episode: "First the Egg"
Right to Kill? Deborah Jahnke Television movie
Family Ties Vacation Mallory Keaton Television movie
1986 Can You Feel Me Dancing? Karin Nichols Television movie
1988 Satisfaction Jennie Lee
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
In the Eyes of a Stranger Lynn Carlson Television movie
Primary Motive Darcy Link
How Can I Tell If I'm Really In Love Herself Educational classroom video
1993 Beware of Dog Linda Irving
The Night We Never Met Janet Beehan
1994 Terror in the Night Robin Andrews Television movie
Another Woman Lisa Temple Television movie
1995 A Bucket of Blood Carla Television movie
1996 The Acting Thing Unknown Short film
God's Lonely Man Meradith
Kiss & Tell Molly McMannis
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Sarah/Zara 4 episodes
Men Behaving Badly Sarah Stretten 22 episodes
1997 Highball Sandy
1999 Rugrats Art Patron Episode: "Opposites Attract"/"The Art Museum"
Say You'll Be Mine Chelsea
2002 Ozzy & Drix Rota Episode: "Gas of Doom"
2003 Out of Order Annie 6 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Still Standing Terry 3 episodes
Humor Me Paula Television movie
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"
The TV Set Natalie Klein
To Have and to Hold Meg TV movie
Men in Trees Lynn Barstow 10 episodes
2007 Hybrid Andrea Television movie
2008, 2012 Desperate Housewives Ellie Leonard 5 episodes
Californication Mrs. Patterson 2 episodes
Easy to Assemble Justine Bateman 12 episodes
2009 Psych Victoria Episode: "Tuesday the 17th"
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"
Deep Dark Canyon Cheryl Cavanaugh
2021 Violet Director, writer, producer


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (March 27, 2018). "Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux Join Justine Bateman's Drama 'Violet' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ ""Justine Bateman Is Aging. She No Longer Cares What You Think About That"". Glamour. April 6, 2021. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Jason Bateman: I'm Not a Great Son". USA Today. May 19, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  4. ^ LaPorte, Nicole (November 5, 2014). "Justine Bateman on Pulling off a Major Midlife Career Pivot". Fast Company. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Hampp, Andrew (January 11, 2010). "Web Series Shows a Bit of Quality Can Help Sell 'Crap'". Ad Age. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Arrested Development Season 3 Episode 11". TV.com. February 10, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Chaney, Jen (August 22, 2006). "An Advance Look at 'Arrested'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "Episode 1: Actor's Anonymous". EasytoAssemble.tv. Easy to Assemble. 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Actress Illeana Douglas sets Web TV show at Ikea: 'Easy to Assemble' comedy features 10 episodes". Furniture Today. October 1, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "2010 Streamy Awards". Streamy Awards. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Zuiker, Anthony E. (September 27, 2010). "'CSI's' Zuiker on 'Dark Prophecy': The Fate of the Digi-Novel". TheWrap. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "SXSW 2020 Film Festival Schedule: "Violet"".
  13. ^ "Five Minutes". Toronto International Film Festival. Archived from the original on July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Huff, Richard (June 9, 2008). "Justine Bateman experiences career change". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  15. ^ Graser, Marc (June 15, 2010). "WB clicks with 'Clique'". Variety. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  16. ^ Sacks, Mike (October 2, 2018). "Justine Bateman Has Some Thoughts on the Fame Cycle . . . and Geoffrey Owens Working at Trader Joe's". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Kelly Cutrone and Justine Bateman's Talk Show". Wake Up And Get Real. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  18. ^ Cutrone, Kelly; Bateman, Justine (June 10, 2011). "Wake Up And Get Real: Arnold + Maria". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  19. ^ "Five Minutes is an Amazon Prime Winner". FollowFiveMinutesFilm. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  20. ^ Apodaca Jones, Rose (January 2, 2001). "A New Yarn for Justine Bateman". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  21. ^ "Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors 2008-2009". SAG. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (July 3, 2009). "Bateman exits SAG's national board". Variety. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  23. ^ Bateman, Justine (November 23, 2009). "We Need To Put Our Foot Down On Net Neutrality". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  24. ^ Finke, Nikki (April 24, 2008). "Verrone & Bateman Testify In Support Of Net Neutrality At U.S. Senate Hearing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  25. ^ Beebe, Lisa (April 11, 2019). "Justine Bateman Gets Why You Want to Be Famous". Los Angeles. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  26. ^ "Justine Bateman: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved February 19, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 13.

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