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In 2004, actor, producer and director JASON BATEMAN (Dominic Foy) was honored with a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and earned an Emmy Award nomination and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for his irreverent portrayal of Michael Bluth on the Mitchell Hurwitz-created, multi-award-winning comedy series Arrested Development. Since then, Bateman has attained leading-man status on the big screen while returning to his roots in television by continuing to produce, write and develop projects for the small screen. One can easily surmise, by the prestigious array of studios, directors and producers that are hiring Bateman, that he is a valuable commodity.

While Bateman's starring role in the Emmy Award-winning FOX comedy series Arrested Development brought a newfound appreciation from the public, it also caught the attention of the motion picture industry and reinvigorated interest in Bateman. Since the show ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one major film role after the next.

Bateman recently wrapped production on the Universal Pictures comedy Couples Retreat, in which he stars alongside Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Kristen Bell, and which is slated for release on October 9, 2009. He also filmed the Miramax Films feature Extract, directed by Mike Judge, which Bateman headlines and produced through his F+A Productions banner. Extract co-stars Mila Kunis and is slated for release in fall of 2009. Bateman will be seen in the Ricky Gervais-penned and -directed comedy This Side of the Truth, due in theaters late 2009 or early 2010.

Currently, Bateman is filming Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, for Paramount Pictures with director Jason Reitman. Soon thereafter, he will begin production with Jennifer Aniston on the Mandate Pictures romantic comedy The Baster, in which he plays the lead role. The film is set to shoot in New York in March 2009.

Bateman is also producing and starring in a film for Universal, which is based on an original idea of his, called The Remarkable Fellows, and which Joe Carnahan is writing and directing. Bateman reteams with Carnahan after working with him on Universal Pictures' Smokin'Aces, in 2006. 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 late summer or fall 2009.

On the small screen, Bateman's company F+A Productions secured a first-look production deal to develop, direct and write original content for 20th Century Fox Television. The deal came to fruition after Bateman directed for the network the comedy pilot Do Not Disturb, which premiered in the 2008 fall lineup. Bateman also reteamed with Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a character in the FOX animated comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up, which premieres April 19, 2009. This summer, Bateman will direct and produce the pilot for FX Network's The Merger.

Last year, Bateman co-starred in the Peter Berg action film Hancock, alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron, which had one of the biggest worldwide box-office openings in 2008. Hancock arrived on the heels of one of the biggest success stories in independent filmmaking, Fox Searchlight's gem Juno, in which Bateman had a pivotal role as the potential, yet uncertain, adoptive father to Juno's unborn child. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film was nominated for Best Picture by most major film critics' groups as well as by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2007, Bateman co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner in the Universal Pictures drama The Kingdom, an action-thriller set in Saudi Arabia that was also directed by Berg.

Prior to The Kingdom, Bateman starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman in the 20th Century Fox/Mandate Pictures family-fantasy film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, for ingénue director and writer Zach Helm.

Bateman's other recent films include the comedy The Ex, in which he starred with Zach Braff and Amanda Peet, and a supporting role in The Break-Up, with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Prior to those, he portrayed a loose-lipped sports commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which starred Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner Bros. film Starsky & Hutch, opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. In 2002, he starred with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair in the romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing.

Dating back to his adolescent and teenage years, Bateman's portrayal of the charming schemer Derek Taylor in Silver Spoons prompted NBC to create the spin-off It's Your Move, in which Bateman starred. He then starred with Valerie Harper in her serial series Valerie, Valerie's Family and The Hogan Family from 1986 through 1991 and, prior to that, was a series regular on the iconic television series that has become an American treasure, Little House on the Prairie.

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

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