In 2004, actor, producer and director JASON
BATEMAN (Jason) 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
Award nominations for his
irreverent portrayal of Michael
Bluth in the Mitchell Hurwitz created,
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
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 their interest in
Bateman. Since the show ended in 2006, Bateman has
secured one major film role after the next.
Currently, Bateman can be seen headlining the
Miramax feature Extract, directed by Mike Judge and
produced by Bateman through his F+A Production
banner. Extract co-stars Mila Kunis. Bateman also
has a cameo in the Ricky Gervais-penned and -
directed comedy, The Invention of Lying.
This past spring, Bateman delivered an emotionally
charged performance as a political press agent in
the crime drama State of Play, directed by Kevin
Macdonald for Universal Pictures.
In late 2009, Bateman will be seen in a supporting
role, opposite George Clooney, in Up in the Air,
directed by Jason Reitman for Paramount Pictures. In
the first quarter of 2010, Bateman will star with
Jennifer Aniston in the Mandate Pictures romantic
comedy The Baster, in which he plays the lead role.
Bateman just completed production on the
Universal Pictures and Working Title comedy Paul,
directed by Greg Mottola and written by Nick Frost
and Simon Pegg.
Bateman is also producing and starring in a film
for Universal Pictures, based on his original idea,
called The Remarkable Fellows, 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
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 his Arrested
Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a
character in the FOX animated comedy series Sit
Down, Shut Up, which premiered on April 17, 2009.
Upcoming this year, 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 box-office
openings worldwide 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 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 and directed by Peter 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 ingĂ©nue
director and writer Zach Helm.
Bateman's other recent film roles include starring
with Zach Braff and Amanda Peet in the Miramax
comedy The Ex, and a supporting role in The Break-
Up, again 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, starring Vaughn
and Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the
Warner Bros. film Starsky & Hutch, opposite Ben
Stiller, Owen Wilson and 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 on Silver Spoons prompted NBC to create the
spin-off It's Your Move, starring Bateman. 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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