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JASON BATEMAN (Adam Leavitt), one of television's most popular series veterans over the past two decades, most recently starred in the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning Fox comedy Arrested Development, which recently collected another Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nomination for its final season.

As Michael Bluth, the pragmatic son of a dysfunctional and eccentric family who must become its patriarch after his corrupt father is imprisoned, Bateman won the Golden Globe Award and earned a 2004 Emmy nomination, as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild (for Best Comedy Actor in 2004 and the ensemble prize in 2004 and 2005) and the Television Critics Association as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the show's first two seasons.

The son of a television producer/director, Bateman was born in Rye, New York, and raised in Los Angeles, where his acting career began, serendipitously, in commercials (after he accompanied a friend to an audition and was asked to read for a role). He moved into series television when the late Michael Landon cast the then 12- year-old in the long-running hit series Little House on the Prairie as James Cooper Ingalls, an orphan adopted by the Ingalls family.

Besides his recent three-year run on Arrested Development, Bateman's lengthy and impressive television resume includes two seasons as Rick Schroder's conniving friend, Derek Taylor, on NBC's Silver Spoons (and a season as the star of his own spin off, It's Your Move); a five-year run opposite Valerie Harper on Valerie (later renamed The Hogan Family starring Sandy Duncan); a starring role as Bob Newhart's impulsive son on the CBS sitcom, George & Leo; the series Chicago Sons, Simon, The Jake Effect and Some of My Best Friends, in which he played a gay writer in New York's Greenwich Village who befriends an unsuspecting roommate.

Bateman has also co-starred in several motion pictures, including deft turns in the recent box-office hit The Break-Up, with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, with Ben Stiller and Vaughn; The Sweetest Thing, opposite Cameron Diaz; Starsky & Hutch, with Stiller and Owen Wilson; as well as Love Stinks; Necessary Roughness, Breaking the Rules and Teen Wolf Too. He recently completed the romantic comedy Fast Track, with Zach Braff and Amanda Peet; will costar in Hancock, a feature with Will Smith and Charlize Theron that began filming last spring; and has a starring role in Zach Helm's feature fantasy Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. The film will be released in late 2007.

Bateman was recently seen in theaters in Universal Pictures' Smokin' Aces, a dark comedy starring an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Berg and Alicia Keys.

In addition to his work in front of the camera, Bateman became the youngest director (age 18) in the history of the Directors Guild of America when he helmed three episodes of the series The Hogan Family in 1988. He has since gone on to direct episodes of the television series For Your Love, Two of a Kind and Arrested Development.

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