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Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman established himself as an actor in his early teens, first in the longrunning show Little House on the Prairie, followed by a starring role in the hit family comedy Silver Spoons. Since then, Bateman has successfully transitioned from child actor to distinguished professional actor as demonstrated by being awarded a 2004 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning Fox comedy series Arrested Development, starring along side Portia de Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor. The show centered around the hilariously dysfunctional ‘Bluth' family of Orange County, California, whose members, with one exception (Bateman), have squandered profits from the family real estate development business in pursuit of their own peculiar interests.

In addition to JUNO, Bateman recently completed a role in Middle East set drama THE KINGDOM, which also stars Jennifer Garner, directed by Peter Berg for Universal Pictures.

Bateman recently appeared in THE EX opposite Zach Braff and Amanda Peet and had a cameo in THE BREAKUP with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. He played a looselipped sports commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY starring Vaughn and Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner Bros. film STARSKY & HUTCH opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The film, directed by Todd Phillips (OLD SCHOOL), was a comedic remake of the cult 70's sitcom about two street-wise police officers fighting crime. In 2002, Bateman starred with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair in the romantic comedy THE SWEETEST THING. He garnered many favorable reviews for his comedic timing in the role of ‘Roger.'

As for Bateman's television credits, after impressing network executives with his portrayal of the charming, yet scheming Derek Taylor in Silver Spoons, they created a spin-off It's Your Move, based on the popularity of Bateman. He then starred with Valerie Harper in the applauded Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family comedy series from 1986- 1991. His other television credits include the telefilm, Can You Feel Me Dancing, which he co-starred in with his sister Justine, as well as Simon, Chicago Sons, George and Leo, Love Stinks and Some of My Best Friends.

In 1987, Bateman made his feature film debut in TEEN WOLF TOO, produced by his father Kent Bateman. He also starred in the 2001 independent feature SOL GOODE with Balthazar Getty and Jamie Kennedy.

Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Amanda Anka.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Jason Bateman Facts

Birth NameJason Kent Bateman
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1969 (53)
BirthplaceRye, New York, USA
Awards2005 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Arrested Development)

Selected Filmography

Central Intelligence
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Kingdom
The Gift
I Love You, Man
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
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