Jason Bateman

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Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman 2011.jpg
Bateman at the Los Angeles premiere of Horrible Bosses in June 2011
BornJason Kent Bateman
(1969-01-14) January 14, 1969 (age 45)
Rye, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer, television director
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Amanda Anka (2001–present)[1]
Children2
RelativesJustine Bateman (sister)
 
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Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman 2011.jpg
Bateman at the Los Angeles premiere of Horrible Bosses in June 2011
BornJason Kent Bateman
(1969-01-14) January 14, 1969 (age 45)
Rye, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer, television director
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Amanda Anka (2001–present)[1]
Children2
RelativesJustine Bateman (sister)

Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American actor, director and producer who rose to prominence as a high-profile teen actor in the 1980s, in sitcoms such as Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family, before returning in the early 2000s in the role of Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, for which he won a TV Land Award, a Golden Globe, and two Satellite Awards. He has since established himself in Hollywood by appearing in several films, including The Kingdom, Juno, Hancock, Up in the Air, Paul, Horrible Bosses, and Identity Thief. He is the younger brother of actress Justine Bateman.

Personal life[edit]

Bateman was born in Rye, New York. His mother, Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am, was English, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.[2] His father, Kent Bateman, is an actor, writer and director of film and television, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.[3][4][5] Bateman's older sister, Justine, is known for her work on the sitcom Family Ties. Bateman also has three half-brothers.[4] Bateman was four years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later to California.[4] Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and sister supported their parents with the paychecks they earned from their television shows; he also revealed that he was managed by his father until Bateman dissolved the business relationship at the age of 20.[6]

In 1987, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix.[7] Throughout the 1990s, he struggled with an addiction to alcohol and drugs; he stated in a 2009 interview that "it was like Risky Business for ten years".[8]

Bateman married Amanda Anka, daughter of singer Paul Anka, in July 2001. They have two daughters: Francesca Nora (born October 28, 2006) and Maple Sylvie (born February 10, 2012).[9] In late 2005, he had surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.[10] The surgery required recovery time and halted production on Arrested Development, although enough episodes had been completed to get the show through the November sweeps period.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Bateman with wife Amanda Anka in August 2011

Bateman started 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 1987, he appeared with Burt Reynolds on the men's team in the inaugural week of game show Win, Lose or Draw. Jason earned the status of teen idol in the mid-1980s for his television work, most notably The Hogan Family (originally titled Valerie, Valerie's Family, The Hogans and finally The Hogan Family after Valerie Harper left the series). He became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director when he helmed three episodes of The Hogan Family at the age of eighteen. After the series ended its run, he gained international recognition in the motion picture Teen Wolf Too, which was a box office failure. In 1994, he played opposite legendary actors 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[4] 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 that 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 is 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. Bateman features in the video for Mumford and Sons song Hopeless Wanderer.[16]

Film[edit]

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,[17] and Couples Retreat, reuniting with Vince Vaughn in a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort (Kristen Bell played his wife).[18] 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. It was announced in January 2012 that a sequel to Horrible Bosses is in the works. In March 2012, Mansome, Bateman's first executive producer credit with Will Arnett, was announced as a Spotlight selection for the Tribeca Film Festival.[19] 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.

In 2013, Bateman made his directorial debut with Bad Words. He is also set to direct and star in an adaptation of The Family Fang.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Teen Wolf TooTodd HowardFilm debut
1991Necessary RoughnessJarvis Edison
1992Breaking the RulesPhil Stepler
1999Love StinksJesse Travis
2001Sol GoodeSpider
2002The Sweetest ThingRoger Donahue
2004Starsky and HutchKevin Jutsum
Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryPepper Brooks
2006The Break-UpMark Riggleman
Arthur and the InvisiblesDarkosVoice
2007The ExChip Sanders
Smokin' AcesRupert "Rip" Reed
The KingdomAdam Leavitt
JunoMark Loring
Mr. Magorium's Wonder EmporiumHenry Weston
2008The PromotionRetreat leader
Forgetting Sarah MarshallAnimal Instincts detective
HancockRay Embrey
Tropic ThunderHimselfCameo
2009State of PlayDominic Foy
The Invention of LyingDoctorCameo
Up in the AirCraig Gregory
ExtractJoel Reynolds
Couples RetreatJason Smith
2010The SwitchWally Mars
2011PaulAgent Lorenzo Zoil
Horrible BossesNick Hendricks
The Change-UpDave Lockwood / Mitch Planko
2012Hit and RunOfficer Keith Yert
The Longest WeekConrad Valmont
MansomeHimself
2013Identity ThiefSandy Bigelow Patterson
DisconnectRich Boyd
2014Bad WordsGuy TrilbyAlso director
This is Where I Leave YouJudd Foxman
Horrible Bosses 2Nick HendricksFilming
The Family FangBuster FangPre-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981–1982Little House on the PrairieJames Cooper Ingalls21 episodes
1982–1984Silver SpoonsDerek21 episodes
1984Knight RiderDoug WainwrightEpisode: Lost Knight
1984–1985It's Your MoveMatthew Burton18 episodes
1985Robert Kennedy & His TimesJoe Kennedy IIIMiniseries
1986Mr. BelvedereSeanEpisode: Rivals
St. ElsewhereTim MoynihanEpisode: You Beta Your Life
The Wonderful World of DisneySteve TilbyEpisode: The Thanksgiving Promise
1986–1991The Hogan FamilyDavid Hogan110 episodes
1987Bates MotelTony ScottiMovie
1988Moving TargetToby KelloggMovie
1988Our HouseBrian GillEpisode: The Fifth Beatle
1992A Taste for KillingBlaine Stockard IIIMovie
1994This Can't Be LoveGrantMovie
1995Burke's LawJason RipleyEpisode: Who Killed the Movie Mogul?
Hart to Hart: Secrets of the HartStuart MorrisMovie
1995–1996SimonCarl Himple21 episodes
1996Ned & StaceyBobby Van LoweEpisode: Pals
1997Chicago SonsHarry Kuichak13 episodes
1997–1998George & LeoTed Stoody22 episodes
2000Rude AwakeningRyanEpisode: Star 80 Proof
2001Some of My Best FriendsWarren Fairbanks8 episodes
2003The Twilight ZoneScott CraneEpisode: Burned
2003–2006
2013
Arrested DevelopmentMichael Bluth68 episodes
2005King of the HillDr. LeslieVoice
Episode: The Petriot Act
Justice League UnlimitedHermesVoice
Episode: The Balance
The Fairly OddParentsTommyVoice
Episode: Oh, Brother!/What's the Difference?
2006ScrubsMr. SuttonEpisode: My Big Bird
The Jake EffectJake Galvin7 episodes
2009Sit Down, Shut UpLarry LittlejunkVoice, 13 episodes
2012Yo Gabba Gabba!Bateman1 episode
2014Growing Up FisherNarrator12 episodes, Uncredited
TBALittle Adventures of BrunoLarry LittlejunkVoice

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1983Young Artist Award[21]Best Young Actor in a New Television SeriesSilver SpoonsNominated
1984Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor in a Comedy SeriesSilver SpoonsNominated
1985Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor in a Television Comedy SeriesIt's Your MoveNominated
1988Young Artist AwardBest Young Male Superstar in TelevisionValerieNominated
2004Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyArrested DevelopmentNominated
2004TV Land AwardFuture ClassicArrested DevelopmentWon
2005Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2005Golden GlobesBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or ComedyArrested DevelopmentWon
2005People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television StarArrested DevelopmentNominated
2005Satellite AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or MusicalArrested DevelopmentWon
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (Golden Satellite Award)Arrested DevelopmentWon
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2005Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyArrested DevelopmentNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ComedyIdentity ThiefNominated
2013Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Golden GlobesBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or ComedyArrested DevelopmentNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Bateman, Wife Welcome a Baby Girl". People Magazine. October 30, 2006. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rose, Steve (July 16, 2011). "Jason Bateman: 'I've got a great deal of dirt on Jennifer Aniston'". Guardian. 
  3. ^ Jason Bateman Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ a b c d Stated during Bateman's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, September 7, 2009
  5. ^ Blackwell, Earl (1990). Earl Blackwell's celebrity register. Times Publishing Group. p. 27. 
  6. ^ "Jason Bateman: I'm Not a Great Son". (May 19, 2008.) USA Today. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  7. ^ Gary Wayne (2012). "The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach". Seeing Stars in Hollywood. Gary Wayne. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ USWEEKLY STAFF (8 July 2009). "Jason Bateman: Drugs Almost Cost Me My Marriage". US Weekly. US WEEKLY. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jason Bateman Welcomes Daughter Maple Sylvia". (February 16, 2012). People Magazine.
  10. ^ "Jason Bateman Undergoes Throat Surgery". (November 1, 2005.) People. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Jason Bateman Emmy Award Nominee
  12. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 4, 2013). "New 'Arrested Development' Season Coming to Netflix on May 26". ArtsBeat. The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ " The SNL Archives. October 8, 2009. Retrieved on October 8, 2009.
  14. ^ "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Jason Bateman and Will Arnett Reunite for Web Video". TVGuide.com. 
  16. ^ "Mumford and Sons release hilarious Hopeless Wanderer video". Music Blogged. August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ Hollywood Reporter (29 April 2008). "Bateman, Judge Pair for 'Extract'". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly Inc. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat" TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008.
  19. ^ "Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Spotlight"
  20. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 1, 2013). "Jason Bateman Set To Direct And Star With Nicole Kidman In ‘The Family Fang’". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ The Young Artist Foundation (2012). "What Do These People Have in Common?". Young Artist Awards. The Young Artist Foundation. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 

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