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JASON BATEMAN (Riggleman) established himself as an actor in his early teens, first in the long-running 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.

Bateman was most recently seen in his Emmy-nominated performance on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning Fox comedy series Arrested Development, starring alongside 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.

Upcoming, Bateman stars in the feature film Fast Track, with Amanda Peet and Zach Braff for the Weinstein Co. The film will be released at the end of 2006. He also has a small part in Universal Pictures and Working Title Films' Smokin' Aces. The actor is currently in production on the feature film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, in a lead role for director Zach Helm, opposite Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. He is also going into production on Universal Pictures' feature film The Kingdom, with Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper.

Previously on the big screen, he was seen as a loose-lipped sports commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. Immediately prior, 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 '70s sitcom about two "streetwise” 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, producers created a spinoff, 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 Simon, Chicago Sons, George and Leo, Love Stinks and Some of My Best Friends.

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

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