Born: February 19, 1966
Birthplace: Rye, New York, U.S.
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.
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."
Bateman's most prominent acting role began when she was a teenager, playing the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties in 1982; she continued the role throughout the show's run which ended in 1989. In 1984, Bateman starred on the Tales from the Darkside television series, in the episode "Mookie and Pookie". She hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988.
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 in four episodes — two at the end of season 3, and two at the beginning of season 4. In the 1996-97 NBC American version of the British TV comedy Men Behaving Badly, featuring Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard, she starred as Sarah, Eldard's character'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 tenth episode of Men in Trees as Lynn Barstow. This became a recurring role for the following eight episodes. She also starred as Terry in the series Still Standing, To Have and to Hold, a 2006 made-for-television movie.
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 portrayed Victoria, Lassiter's ex-wife, in USA Network's comedy series Psych and was also in the third episode of 2009's Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
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.
She has acted in several web series. She acted in John August's Remnants, Illeana Douglas’ IKEA-sponsored Easy to Assemble (for which in 2010 Bateman was among the winners of the Streamy Award for Best Ensemble Cast and was nominated for a Streamy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Web-Series), and Anthony Zuiker's digi-novel series Level 26: Dark Prophecy, in which she plays a tarot card reader.
In the fall of 2007, Bateman helped produce the Speechless campaign in support of the Writers Guild of America strike. She also launched FM78.tv, a digital production company which became the production and consulting company SECTION 5.
Bateman served not only as an actress but also 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 co-produced and co-presented with fashion maven Kelly Cutrone on their internet talk show Wake Up and Get Real (WUAGR). 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.
On a hiatus from the entertainment business, Bateman established a clothing design company in 2000. She managed it until its closure in 2003. Justine Bateman Designs was known for one-of-a-kind hand knits. It sold to BendelsNY, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Fred Segal.
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.
Justine Bateman also co-starred in a Dan Hartman video "Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You" as the possible love interest of the star singer, portrayed by Dan Hartman.
Bateman began dating Leif Garrett in January 1988.
In 2001, Bateman married Mark Fluent, with whom she has two children.
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 graduated in 2016.
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.
|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||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|
|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|
|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"|