Jason Bateman

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).

Early lifeEdit

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, United Kingdom.[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 their 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]



Jason bateman 9-20-1987

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]



Year Title Role
2016 Zootopia Nick Wilde
Central Intelligence Trevor Olsen

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Association Category Work Result
2017 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Zootopia Won

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jason Bateman: Actor, Film Actor, Television Actor (1969–)”. (FYI / A&E Networks. Archived from the original on March 24, 2015. Accesat la January 1, 2018. 
  2. Sirota, Brendan Vaughan,Peggy (March 21, 2013). "Jason Bateman Cover Story - GQ April 2013". GQ. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  3. Freeman, Hadley (October 9, 2014). "Jason Bateman: 'My dirty secret? Playing the straight man. Because he gets to be in every scene'". The Guardian. UK. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  4. Smith, Patrick (May 22, 2013). "Jason Bateman interview: 'Arrested Development gave me a new life'". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Stated during Bateman's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio (September 7, 2009)
  6. Rose, Steve (July 16, 2011). "Jason Bateman: 'I've got a great deal of dirt on Jennifer Aniston'". The Guardian. UK. 
  7. Jason Bateman Biography. 
  8. Blackwell, Earl (1990). Earl Blackwell's celebrity register. Times Publishing Group. p. 27. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Jason Bateman: I'm Not a Great Son". USA Today. May 19, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. Jason Bateman - Television Academy. 
  11. Itzkoff, Dave (April 4, 2013). „New 'Arrested Development' Season Coming to Netflix on May 26”. The New York Times. Accesat la August 12, 2013. 
  12. The SNL Archives. October 8, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  13. Sit Down, Shut Up”. Fox. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Accesat la April 14, 2009. 
  14. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett Reunite for Web Video”. TV Guide. 
  15. 'Arrested Development' Officially Returning for Season 5 at Netflix. 
  16. [1]Reiher, Andrea (August 4, 2017). „Breaking Bad Fans Have Found Their New Fix in Jason Bateman–Starrer Ozark”. Rotten Tomatoes. Accesat la August 7, 2017. 

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