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Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman
Bateman at the Los Angeles premiere of Horrible Bosses in June 2011
Born Jason Kent Bateman
(1969-01-14) January 14, 1969
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Amanda Anka (m. 2001)
Children 2
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.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Television 2.1
    • Film 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video games 4.3
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Bateman was born in Rye, New York. His mother, Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am, was English, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.[1] His father, Kent Bateman, is an actor, writer and director of film and television, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.[2][3][4] Bateman's older sister, Justine, is known for her work on the sitcom Family Ties. Bateman also has three half-brothers.[3] Bateman was four years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later to California.[3] 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.[5]



Bateman with wife Amanda Anka in August 2011

Bateman first appeared in a cereal commercial for 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[3] 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[6] for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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".[11]


In 2004, Bateman appeared in 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.[15]

In 2013, Bateman made his directorial debut with Bad Words, in which he also starred. He also directed and starred in an adaptation of The Family Fang.[16]

Personal life

In 1987, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix.[17] 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".[18]

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).[19] In late 2005, he had surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
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
2001 Sol Goode Spider
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 Juno Mark Loring
2007 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Henry Weston
2008 The Promotion Retreat leader
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Animal Instincts detective
2008 Hancock Ray Embrey
2008 Tropic Thunder Himself Cameo
2009 State of Play Dominic Foy
2009 The Invention of Lying Doctor Cameo
2009 Up in the Air Craig Gregory
2009 Extract Joel Reynolds
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
2012 Mansome Himself Documentary
2012 Disconnect Rich Boyd
2013 Identity Thief Sandy Bigelow Patterson
2013 Bad Words Guy Trilby Also director
2014 Pump Narrator
2014 The Longest Week Conrad Valmont
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Judd Altman
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Nick Hendricks
2015 The Gift Simon
2015 The Family Fang Buster Fang Also director; post-production
2016 Zootopia Nick Wilde Voice; post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Nick Wilde Voice[21]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1983 Young Artist Awards[22] Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Silver Spoons Nominated
1984 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series Silver Spoons Nominated
1985 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series It's Your Move Nominated
1988 Young Artist Awards Best Young Male Superstar in Television Valerie Nominated
2004 Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Arrested Development Nominated
2004 TV Land Awards Future Classic Arrested Development Won
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Arrested Development (episode: "Good Grief") Nominated
2005 Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Arrested Development Won
2005 Satellite Awards Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Arrested Development Won
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2005 Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Arrested Development Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Identity Thief Nominated
2013 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Arrested Development (episode: "Flight of the Phoenix") Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2013 Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Arrested Development Nominated


  1. ^ Rose, Steve (July 16, 2011). "'"Jason Bateman: 'I've got a great deal of dirt on Jennifer Aniston. The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Jason Bateman Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ a b c d Stated during Bateman's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, September 7, 2009
  4. ^ Blackwell, Earl (1990). Earl Blackwell's celebrity register. Times Publishing Group. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "Jason Bateman: I'm Not a Great Son". (May 19, 2008.) USA Today. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Jason Bateman Emmy Award Nominee
  7. ^  
  8. ^ The SNL Archives. October 8, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  9. ^ "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Jason Bateman and Will Arnett Reunite for Web Video". TV Guide. 
  11. ^ "Mumford and Sons release hilarious Hopeless Wanderer video". Music Blogged. August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "'"Bateman, Judge Pair for 'Extract. Entertainment Weekly. 29 April 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Couples RetreatTrio of Ladies Going on " TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  14. ^ "Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Spotlight"
  15. ^ "‘The Gift’".  
  16. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 1, 2013). "Jason Bateman Set To Direct And Star With Nicole Kidman In ‘The Family Fang’".  
  17. ^ Gary Wayne (2012). "The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach". Seeing Stars in Hollywood. Gary Wayne. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Jason Bateman: Drugs Almost Cost Me My Marriage". US Weekly. 8 July 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jason Bateman Welcomes Daughter Maple Sylvia". (February 16, 2012). People.
  20. ^ "Jason Bateman Undergoes Throat Surgery". (November 1, 2005.) People. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  21. ^  
  22. ^ "What Do These People Have in Common?". Young Artist Awards. The Young Artist Foundation. 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 

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