Born: January 14, 1969
Birthplace: Rye, New York, U.S.
Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American actor, director, and producer. He began acting on television in the early 1980s on Little House on the Prairie, 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. He has also appeared in the films Teen Wolf Too (1987), The Break-Up (2006), Juno, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Kingdom (all 2007), Hancock (2008), Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, Extract (all 2009), The Switch (2010), Paul, The Change-Up (both 2011) Horrible Bosses (2011) and its sequel (2014), Identity Thief (2013), This Is Where I Leave You (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 born in Rye, New York, and was 4 years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later to California. His mother, Victoria Elizabeth, was a flight attendant for Pan Am who was originally from Shrewsbury, the United Kingdom (UK). His father, Kent Bateman, is an American actor, writer, and director of film and television, and the founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. Bateman is the younger brother of Family Ties actress Justine Bateman. He also has three half-brothers.
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.
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 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 for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman. 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. 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.
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. 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 sometime in 2018.
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.
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, 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). In 2010, he starred in The Switch, a romantic comedy, with Jennifer Aniston. In 2011, he played the role of Special Agent 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. 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. In 2015, Bateman headlined Joel Edgerton's thriller film The Gift, opposite Rebecca Hall and Edgerton.
In 2013, Bateman made his directorial debut with Bad Words, in which he also starred. He also directed and starred in an adaptation of The Family Fang. Bateman voiced Nick Wilde, the con artist fox in Zootopia.
In 1987, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix.
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".
Bateman features in the video for the Mumford and Sons song "Hopeless Wanderer".
In late 2005, he had surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.
In 2011 during an interview with ITV show Daybreak, Bateman was presented with a shirt from English Football Club Shrewsbury Town, the town where his mother was born. He said "My mother is going to be so happy. She might not fit in this but I will try. Thank you very, very much."
|1987||Teen Wolf Too||Todd Howard|
|1988||Moving Target||Toby Kellogg|
|1991||Necessary Roughness||Jarvis Edison|
|1992||Breaking the Rules||Phil Stepler|
|1992||How Can I Tell If I'm Really In Love?||Himself|
|1999||Love Stinks||Jesse Travis|
|2002||The Sweetest Thing||Roger Donahue|
|2004||Starsky and Hutch||Kevin Jutsum|
|2004||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story||Pepper Brooks|
|2006||The Break-Up||Mark Riggleman|
|2006||Arthur and the Invisibles||Darkos||Voice|
|2007||The Ex||Chip Sanders|
|2007||Smokin' Aces||Rupert "Rip" Reed|
|2007||The Kingdom||Adam Leavitt|
|2007||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium||Henry Weston|
|2008||The Promotion||Retreat leader|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Animal Instincts detective||Cameo|
|2009||State of Play||Dominic Foy|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Doctor||Cameo|
|2009||Up in the Air||Craig Gregory|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Jason Smith|
|2010||The Switch||Wally Mars|
|2011||Paul||Agent Lorenzo Zoil|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Nick Hendricks|
|2011||The Change-Up||Dave Lockwood / Mitch Planko|
|2012||Hit and Run||Officer Keith Yert|
|2013||Identity Thief||Sandy Bigelow Patterson|
|2013||Bad Words||Guy Trilby||Also director|
|2014||The Longest Week||Conrad Valmont|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Judd Altman|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Nick Hendricks|
|2015||A Lego Brickumentary||Narrator||Voice|
|2015||The Gift||Simon Callem|
|2015||The Family Fang||Baxter Fang||Also director|
|2016||Central Intelligence||Trevor Olson|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Josh Parker|
|2018||Game Night||Max||Also producer|
|1981-1982||Little House on the Prairie||James Cooper Ingalls||21 episodes|
|1982-1984||Silver Spoons||Derek||21 episodes|
|1984||Knight Rider||Doug Wainwright||Episode: "Lost Knight"|
|1984-1985||It's Your Move||Matthew Burton||18 episodes|
|1985||Robert Kennedy & His Times||Joe Kennedy III||3 episodes|
|1986||Mr. Belvedere||Sean||Episode: "Rivals"|
|1986||St. Elsewhere||Tim Moynihan||Episode: "You Beta Your Life"|
|1986||The Wonderful World of Disney||Steve Tilby||Episode: "The Thanksgiving Promise"|
|1986-1991||The Hogan Family||David Hogan||110 episodes|
|1987||Bates Motel||Tony Scotti||Television film|
|1988||Moving Target||Toby Kellogg||Television film|
|1988||Our House||Brian Gill||Episode: "The Fifth Beatle"|
|1988||Crossing the Mob||Philly||Television film|
|1992||A Taste for Killing||Blaine Stockard III||Television film|
|1994||Confessions: Two Faces of Evil||Bill Motorshed||Television film|
|1994||This Can't Be Love||Grant||Television film|
|1994||Black Sheep||Jonathan Kelley||Pilot|
|1995||Burke's Law||Jason Ripley||Episode: "Who Killed the Movie Mogul?"|
|1995||Hart to Hart||Stuart Morris||Episode: "Secrets of the Hart"|
|1995-1996||Simon||Carl Himple||21 episodes|
|1996||Ned & Stacey||Bobby Van Lowe||Episode: "Pals"|
|1997||Chicago Sons||Harry Kuichak||13 episodes|
|1997-1998||George and Leo||Ted Stoody||22 episodes|
|2000||Rude Awakening||Ryan||Episode: "Star 80 Proof"|
|2001||Some of My Best Friends||Warren Fairbanks||8 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Scott Crane||Episode: "Burned"|
|Arrested Development||Michael Bluth||68 episodes|
|2005||The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Home Away From Homer"|
|2005||King of the Hill||Dr. Leslie (voice)||Episode: "The Petriot Act"|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Hermes (voice)||Episode: "The Balance"|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson"|
|2005||The Fairly OddParents||Tommy (voice)||Episode: "Oh, Brother!"|
|2006||Scrubs||Mr. Sutton||Episode: "My Big Bird"|
|2006||The Jake Effect||Jake Galvin||7 episodes|
|2009||Sit Down, Shut Up||Larry Littlejunk (voice)||13 episodes|
|2013||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Bateman||Episode: "Super Spies"|
|2014||Growing Up Fisher||Narrator (voice)||12 episodes|
|2015||The Muppets||Himself||Episode: "Pig's in a Blackout"|
|2017||Nobodies||Himself||Episode: "Mr. First Lady"|
|2017-present||Ozark||Marty Byrde||10 episodes; also director and executive producer|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Nick Wilde|
|1983||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor in a New Television Series||Silver Spoons||Nominated|
|1984||Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series||Silver Spoons||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||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2005||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development (episode: "Good Grief")||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy||Arrested Development||Won|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Arrested Development||Won|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2005||Television Critics Association||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2006||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Won|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Comedy||Identity Thief||Nominated|
|2013||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development (episode: "Flight of the Phoenix")||Nominated|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2013||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2016||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Zootopia||Won|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Animated Movie Voice||Zootopia||Nominated|
|2017||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Frenemies||Zootopia||Won|
|2017||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Motion Pictures||all film work||Inducted|
|2018||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama||Ozark||Nominated|
|2018||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Ozark||Nominated|
Jason Bateman supports the following charitable cause: Homeless.