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JASON BATEMAN (Henry Weston) has made the successful transition that few child actors have been able to accomplish. Currently, Bateman has starring and supporting roles in five upcoming feature films, both independent and studio projects. Since being honored with the Golden Globe® Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "Arrested Development,” Bateman's star has been on a rapid ascent.

While Bateman's starring role in the critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award winning Fox comedy series "Arrested Development,” brought a newfound appreciation with the public, it also caught the attention of the motion picture industry. Since the show ended in 2006, Bateman has become a hot commodity in the feature film market where he most recently delivered a standout performance in Joe Carnahan's "Smokin Aces” for Universal.

Bateman co-stars this fall with Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner in "The Kingdom,” a poignant story that takes place in war torn Iraq. Bateman plays a government agent who is sent to the Middle East to investigate the bombing of an American facility. Peter Berg directed the picture.

Bateman also just wrapped production on an indie film for Mandate Pictures: "Juno,” a coming-of-age story directed by Jason Reitman. In a supporting role, Bateman plays an emotionally stunted husband who together with his wife (Jennifer Garner), are interested in adopting a pregnant teenager's unwanted baby. John Malkovich's production company, Mr. Mudd Productions, is co-producing the picture. Currently, Bateman is in production on the Sony Pictures feature film "John Hancock,” in which he stars with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. The film is slated for release in July 2008.

Bateman is also producing and starring in a film for Universal that is based on his own original idea called "The Remarkable Fellows,” which Joe Carnahan is writing and directing. The film is an action comedy about two elite "revenge specialists” who are hired by the most powerful and wealthy people all over the world to exact revenge on those who have wronged them. The film will begin production in Summer 2008.

Most recently, Bateman starred with Zach Braff and Amanda Peet in the Weinstein Co. comedy, "The Ex” and also had a supporting role in "The Break-Up.” Prior to that, Bateman portrayed a loose-lipped sports commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” starring Vince Vaughn & Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner Bros. film "Starsky & Hutch,” opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. 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,” they created a spin-off "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 the telefilm, "Can You Feel Me Dancing,” which he co-starred in with his sister Justine, as well as "Simon,” "Chicago Sons,” "George and Leo,” "Love Stinks” and "Some of My Best Friends.”

In 1987, Bateman made his feature film debut in "Teen Wolf Too,” produced by his father Kent Bateman. He also starred in the 2001 independent feature "Sol Goode” with Balthazar Getty and Jamie Kennedy.

Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Amanda Anka and their daughter, Francesca.

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