Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Birth name: Jason Kent Bateman
Born: January 14, 1969
Age: 54
Birthplace: Rye, New York, U.S.
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Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969)[1] is an American actor, director, and producer.[2] He began acting on television in the early 1980s on Little House on the Prairie,[3] Silver Spoons, and The Hogan Family. In the 2000s, he became known for his role of Michael Bluth using deadpan comedy in the sitcom Arrested Development, for which he won a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award.[4] He has also appeared in the films Teen Wolf Too (1987), The Break-Up (2006), Juno (2007), Hancock (2008), Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, Extract (all 2009), The Switch (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011), The Gift (2015), Office Christmas Party, Zootopia (both 2016) and Game Night (2018).

Bateman made his directorial debut with the black comedy Bad Words (2013), in which he also starred. He has since directed and starred in The Family Fang (2015) and the Netflix crime drama series Ozark (2017-present).

Bateman was born in Rye, New York,[1] and was 4 years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later to California.[5] His mother, Victoria Elizabeth, was a flight attendant for Pan Am who was originally from Shrewsbury, the United Kingdom (UK).[6] His father, Kent Bateman, is an American actor, writer, and director of film and television, and the founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.[7][5][8] His sister is Justine Bateman.[9] He also has three half-brothers.[5]

Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and his sister Justine supported his parents with the paychecks they earned from their television shows; he also revealed that he was managed by his father until Bateman was 20 and dissolved the business relationship.[9]




Bateman in 1987

Bateman first appeared in a cereal commercial for Golden Grahams in 1980 and began 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 1984, in response to his popularity on Silver Spoons, the show's producers gave Bateman his own starring role as Matthew Burton on the NBC sitcom It's Your Move, from September 1984 to February 1985. 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 as David Hogan on The Hogan Family (originally titled Valerie and later, Valerie's Family, after Valerie Harper left the series). He became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director when, aged 18, he helmed three episodes of The Hogan Family. After the series ended its run, he gained international recognition in the motion picture sequel Teen Wolf Too, which was a box office failure. In 1994, he played opposite 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[5] 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[10] for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman.[11] 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.[12] 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 who can teach.[13]

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.[14] 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 was 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. Netflix confirmed that the entire cast of the show will be returning for a fifth season, premiering 29 May 2018.[15]

In 2017, Bateman returned to television as both actor and director in the Netflix drama Ozark, in which he plays a financial advisor who must relocate his family to Missouri in order to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. Bateman's performance as Marty Byrde has drawn positive comparisons to Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad.[16]


At the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

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,[17] 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).[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] In 2015, Bateman headlined Joel Edgerton's thriller film The Gift, opposite Rebecca Hall and Edgerton.[21]

In 2013, Bateman made his feature film directorial debut with Bad Words, in which he also starred. He also directed and starred in an adaptation of The Family Fang.[22] Bateman voiced Nick Wilde, the con artist fox in Zootopia.

Personal life

Bateman with wife Amanda Anka in August 2011

In 1987, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix.[23]

Throughout the 1990s, he struggled with an addiction to alcohol and drugs; he stated in a 2009 interview that, "I'd worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard. And I did that really well... it was like Risky Business for ten years".[24]

Bateman features in the video for the Mumford and Sons song "Hopeless Wanderer".[25]

Bateman married Amanda Anka, daughter of singer Paul Anka, on July 3, 2001. The couple have two daughters.[26]

In late 2005, he had surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.[27]

Bateman (along with co-stars David Cross and Tony Hale) were criticized for appearing to minimize and excuse the behavior of Jeffrey Tambor during a May 2018 Arrested Development cast interview for The New York Times, in which Jessica Walter stated that Tambor had verbally harassed her on the set.[28] Within days, all three men had issued apologies to Walter.[29][30] Bateman stated that he "overreached" in an attempt to figure out or pinpoint where Tambor's behavior was coming from.[31] In an interview with Time, he was quoted saying, "I always thought it’s important for people to treat one another with respect at work, no matter what industry you’re in. The whole experience has allowed me to do a lot of listening, and I continue that to this day".[32]

Bateman is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.[33][34]

Bateman endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 How Can I Tell If I'm Really In Love? Himself [36][37][38][39][40]
1987 Teen Wolf Too Todd Howard
1988 Moving Target Toby Kellogg
1991 Necessary Roughness Jarvis Edison
1992 Breaking the Rules Phil Stepler
1999 Love Stinks Jesse Travis
2001 Sol Goode Spider
2002 The Sweetest Thing Roger Donahue
2004 Starsky and Hutch Kevin Jutsum
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Pepper Brooks
2006 The Break-Up Mark Riggleman
Arthur and the Invisibles Darkos (voice)
2007 The Ex Chip Sanders
Smokin' Aces Rupert "Rip" Reed
The Kingdom Adam Leavitt
Juno Mark Loring
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Henry Weston
2008 The Promotion Retreat leader
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Animal Instincts detective Cameo
Hancock Ray Embrey
Tropic Thunder Himself Cameo
2009 State of Play Dominic Foy
The Invention of Lying Doctor Cameo
Up in the Air Craig Gregory
Extract Joel Reynolds
Couples Retreat Jason Smith
2010 The Switch Wally Mars
2011 Paul Agent Lorenzo Zoil
Horrible Bosses Nick Hendricks
The Change-Up Dave Lockwood / Mitch Planko
2012 Hit and Run Officer Keith Yert
Mansome Himself Documentary
Disconnect Rich Boyd
2013 Identity Thief Sandy Patterson
Bad Words Guy Trilby Also director
2014 Pump Narrator
The Longest Week Conrad Valmont
This Is Where I Leave You Judd Altman
Horrible Bosses 2 Nick Hendricks
2015 A Lego Brickumentary Narrator (voice)
The Gift Simon Callem
The Family Fang Baxter Fang Also director
2016 Zootopia Nick Wilde (voice)
Central Intelligence Trevor Olson Cameo
Office Christmas Party Josh Parker
2018 Game Night Max Davis Also producer


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"
It's Your Move Matthew Burton 18 episodes
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Joe Kennedy III 3 episodes
1986 Mr. Belvedere Sean Episode: "Rivals"
St. Elsewhere Tim Moynihan Episode: "You Beta Your Life"
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
Our House Brian Gill Episode: "The Fifth Beatle"
Crossing the Mob Philly Television film
1992 A Taste for Killing Blaine Stockard III Television film
1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Bill Motorshed Television film
This Can't Be Love Grant Television film
Black Sheep Jonathan Kelley Pilot
1995 Burke's Law Jason Ripley Episode: "Who Killed the Movie Mogul?"
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 and Leo Ted Stoody 22 episodes
2000 Rude Awakening Ryan Episode: "Star 80 Proof"
2001 Some of My Best Friends Warren Fairbanks 8 episodes
2002 The Jake Effect Jake Galvin 7 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Scott Crane Episode: "Burned"
2013, 2018
Arrested Development Michael Bluth 76 episodes
2005 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: "Home Away From Homer"
King of the Hill Dr. Leslie (voice) Episode: "The Petriot Act"
Justice League Unlimited Hermes (voice) Episode: "The Balance"
Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson"
The Fairly OddParents Tommy (voice) Episode: "Oh, Brother!"
2006 Scrubs Mr. Sutton Episode: "My Big Bird"
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Larry Littlejunk (voice) 13 episodes
2013 Yo Gabba Gabba! Bateman Episode: "Super Spies"
2014 Growing Up Fisher Narrator (voice) 12 episodes
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: "Pig's in a Blackout"
2017 Nobodies Himself Episode: "Mr. First Lady"
2017-present Ozark Marty Byrde 20 episodes; also director and executive producer
2018 Kidding Executive Producer

Video games

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Nick Wilde [41]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
1983 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Silver Spoons Nominated [42]
1984 Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1985 Best Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series It's Your Move Nominated
1988 Best Young Male Superstar in Television Valerie Nominated
2004 Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Arrested Development Nominated
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Won
Satellite Awards Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Won
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Identity Thief Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Nominated
2016 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production[a] Zootopia Won [43]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Voice Nominated [44]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Frenemies Won [45]
Hollywood Walk of Fame Motion Pictures all film work Inducted [46]
2018 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Ozark Nominated [47]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Nominated [48]
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Nominated [49]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [50]



Jason Bateman supports the following charitable cause: Homeless.

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