Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman

Birth name: Justine Tanya Bateman
Born: February 19, 1966
Age: 58
Birthplace: Rye, New York, U.S.
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Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American writer, producer, and actress. 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 senior with the major "Digital Media Management and Computer Science".


Early life

Bateman was born in Rye, New York, United States (U.S.), to Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am who was originally from the United Kingdom (UK), and Kent Bateman, an American acting coach, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. Her younger brother is actor, director, and producer Jason Bateman, and both children supplemented their family's earnings with their adolescent television careers.

She attended Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California. However, Bateman could not attend college due to her contractual obligations with Family Ties. According to Bateman in 2014, she was informed by the series' line producer Carol Himes, "You’re under contract to Paramount Studios."


Film and television

Bateman began playing the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties in 1982—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" and hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988.

Also 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 and Liam Neeson. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack. The following year she ceased her Family Ties role, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

In 1996, she guest starred on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" as the character Sarah/Zara (four episodes - 2 at the end of season 3 & 2 at the beginning of season 4)

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

In the third season Arrested Development episode, "Family Ties," which was broadcast in February 2006, 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 real-life brother, Jason.

Also in 2006, she guest starred in the 10th 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, as well as a 2006 made-for-television movie called 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 in an episode of Showtime's Californication and made her first script sale to Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place.

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 2009's Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Digital career

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

She acted in John August’s (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) web-series "Remnants," Illeana Douglas’ (Cape Fear, Goodfellas) IKEA-sponsored web-series "Easy to Assemble," (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") and Anthony Zuiker’s (CSI creator) digi-novel series Level 26: Dark Prophecy, in which she plays a tarot card reader.

Bateman served as a producer on "Easy to Assemble," which garnered more than 5.1 million views during its second season; created Digital Components for Level 26; served as an executive producer—with FM78.tv—on the adaptation of Lisi Harrison's teenage book series, The Clique, for a Warner Bros internet series; and produced a film short called Z, which she promoted on her Facebook profile in January 2012.

Bateman also coproduced and copresented with fashion maven, Kelly Cutrone, for their internet talk show, "Wake Up and Get Real." Described as an alternative to the television series The View, WUAGR was last broadcast in June 2011.

In a 2008 interview, Bateman claimed that television "is dead" and she reaffirmed this perspective with tech publication Gigaom in November 2010:

TV as we knew it is absolutely dead. There are still shows in production, still ad buys being made, but the numbers these shows get are a small fraction of the ratings these same type of shows used to command. The amount of TV shows produced annually decreases every year. The amount of people employed by TV shows is far less than it used to be. All these decreases are steady from year to year. Traditional TV is not "in a slump," it has been steadily declining.

Bateman further explained that "multiplatform shows that have different designs not only in their very structure, but in the manner of delivery" will replace television. However, she concluded by conceding that AM radio still existed.

Other projects

Bateman's theater experience includes Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Roundabout Theater), Mamet's Speed the Plow (WIlliamstown Theater Fest), and Wedekind's Lulu (Berkeley Rep).

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

Personal life

Bateman considers her vocational interests in equivalent terms to her family life, explaining in 2014:

There’s no way I’m not doing this . When you said, "Why do you have to work?" ... I have to because I have to. This is my life. There are things I want to do. I see this incredible opportunity for entertainment to be using technology. I just look at where technology’s going and what it’s doing, and to not want to be a part of that and get on that treadmill… Honestly, I would just want to die. I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t jump in that.

In 2001, Bateman married Mark Fluent, with whom she has two children.

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

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

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

On March 24, 2012, Bateman announced on her Twitter account that she had been accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and will begin taking classes in the northern autumn of 2012. Shortly afterward, Bateman commenced an ongoing Tumblr page titled "College Life," in which she chronicles her study of a degree in digital management and computer science—Bateman is scheduled to graduate in 2016.


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
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
1992 How Can I Tell If I'm Really In Love Herself Accidental comedy
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
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
2004-2005 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"

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