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
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
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