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Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman Deauville 2011.jpg
Bateman in 2011
Jason Kent Bateman

(1969-01-14) January 14, 1969 (age 52)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1981–present
Amanda Anka
(m. 2001)
RelativesJustine Bateman (sister)
Paul Anka (father-in-law)

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 on the sitcom Arrested Development, for which he won a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award.[4] He has also starred 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) and its sequel (2014), 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 awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 2019 for his directing of Ozark and has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. In 2020, he directed and had a recurring role in the HBO miniseries The Outsider.

Early life

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, England.[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 older sister is actress Justine Bateman.[9] He also has three half-brothers.[5]

Bateman never finished high school. In an interview with Wired Magazine, Bateman admitted that he never received his diploma due to not finishing his finals while filming Teen Wolf Too.[10]

Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and 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]



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[11] for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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 would be returning for a fifth season, which premiered on May 29, 2018[16] and concluded on March 15, 2019.

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.[17]


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,[18] 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).[19] In 2010, he starred in The Switch, a romantic comedy, with Jennifer Aniston. In 2011, he played the role of Special Agent Lorenzo 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.[20] 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.[21] In 2015, Bateman headlined Joel Edgerton's thriller film The Gift, opposite Rebecca Hall and Edgerton.[22] His production company Aggregate Films extended its deal with Universal.[23]

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.[24] Bateman voiced Nick Wilde, the con artist fox in Zootopia. In 2018, he starred in and produced the action comedy film Game Night. His performance was widely praised and he received nominations for best performance by a comedic actor at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards and the Critics' Choice Awards.[25][26]

Personal life

Bateman with wife Amanda Anka in August 2011

In 1987, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix.[27]

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".[28]

Bateman features in the video for the Mumford and Sons song "Hopeless Wanderer".[29]

Bateman married Amanda Anka, daughter of singer Paul Anka, on July 3, 2001. They have two daughters.[30]

Bateman (along with co-stars David Cross and Tony Hale) was criticized for seemingly defending Jeffrey Tambor's volatile behavior on the set of Arrested Development. During a May 2018 cast interview for The New York Times, Bateman attempted to defuse the controversy by stating, "Again, not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, 'difficult.' And when you’re in a privileged position to hire learn about character and you learn about work habits, work ethics, and you start to understand. Because it’s a very amorphous process, this sort of [expletive] that we do, you know, making up fake life. It’s a weird thing, and it is a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes". During the interview, Jessica Walter held back tears while speaking of Tambor (who was present), insisting that the two had made amends after the incident. "Verbally, yes, he (Tambor) harassed me, but he did apologize," she said, adding, "Jason says this happens all the time. But, in like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now. I just let it go right here...for the New York Times".[31] Within days after the interview, all three men issued apologies to Walter.[32][33] Bateman retrospectively stated he had overreached in his attempt to analyze the cause of Tambor's behavior.[34] In an interview with Time, Bateman 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".[35]

Bateman received praise for his acceptance speech after winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Ozark. In it he states, "So I just want to say to the people that are at home and not working as frequently as they want, you're just one job away. You're plenty talented. Hang in there".[36][37]

Bateman is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.[38][39]

Bateman endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.[40]


Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
1983 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Silver Spoons Nominated [41]
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 Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Arrested Development Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor – Comedy Identity Thief Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated
2017 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production[a] Zootopia Won [42]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Voice Nominated [43]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Frenemies (shared with Ginnifer Goodwin) Won [44]
Hollywood Walk of Fame Motion Pictures all film work Inducted [45]
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Ozark Nominated [46]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Nominated [47]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Nominated [48]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [49]
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series Nominated [50]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Won [51]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series (as Executive Producer) Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Won
2020 Outstanding Drama Series (as Executive Producer) Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Outsider Nominated
2021 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Ozark Pending
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series Pending [52]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Pending
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Pending
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Pending


  1. ^ Tied with Auli'i Cravalho for Moana


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  5. ^ a b c d Stated during Bateman's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio (September 7, 2009)
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  13. ^ The SNL Archives. October 8, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  14. ^ "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  15. ^ "Jason Bateman and Will Arnett Reunite for Web Video". TV Guide.
  16. ^ "'Arrested Development' Officially Returning for Season 5 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  17. ^ [1]Reiher, Andrea (August 4, 2017). "Breaking Bad Fans Have Found Their New Fix in Jason Bateman–Starrer Ozark". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
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  19. ^ Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat" TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
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  29. ^ "Mumford and Sons release hilarious Hopeless Wanderer video". Music Blogged. August 4, 2013. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  30. ^ "Jason Bateman Welcomes Daughter Maple Sylvia Archived December 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine". (February 16, 2012). People.
  31. ^ Sopan, Deb (May 22, 2018). "We Sat Down With the 'Arrested Development' Cast. It Got Raw". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  32. ^ Ritman, Alex (May 24, 2018). "Jason Bateman Responds to 'Arrested Development' NYT Interview Backlash: "I Was Wrong Here"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  33. ^ "Arrested Development cancels UK visit after tearful interview". BBC. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
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  35. ^ Gajanan, Mahita (August 23, 2018). "Ozark's Jason Bateman On Being a TV Antihero". Time. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  36. ^ Morin, Alyssa (January 27, 2019). "Jason Bateman Gives Inspiring Speech at 2019 SAG Awards: "You're Just One Job Away"". E! News. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  37. ^ Crist, Allison (January 27, 2019). "Jason Bateman Dedicates SAG Award to Fellow Actors: "You're Just One Job Away"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  38. ^ Kwak, Sarah (September 7, 2009). "Jason Bateman: The Dodgers Fan Stars in "Extract"". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  39. ^ Jensen, Erin (October 25, 2017). "World Series: Dodgers and Astros battle brings out tons of celebrities". USA Today. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  40. ^ Jason Bateman [@batemanjason] (February 1, 2016). "Go Bernie Go! I just donated. Feels great. Git some" (Tweet). Retrieved February 2, 2016 – via Twitter.
  41. ^ "What Do These People Have in Common?". Young Artist Awards. The Young Artist Foundation. 2012. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  42. ^ Flores, Terry (February 5, 2017). "'Zootopia' Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
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  45. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Jason Bateman". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  46. ^ Miller, Mike (August 30, 2018). "Emmys 2018 poll: Who should win for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series?". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  47. ^ Harding, Xavier (September 17, 2018). "Emmys 2018: Stephen Daldry of 'The Crown' wins outstanding directing for a drama series". Mic Network Inc. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  48. ^ "The full list of winners of the Golden Globes 2018". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
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Further reading

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 13.
  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 373.

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