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Actor, Producer and Director JASON BATEMAN was honored with a Golden Globe Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and earned an Emmy Award nomination and two Screen Actor's Guild nominations for his irreverent portrayal of ‘Michael Bluth' in the Mitch 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 with 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.

Bateman was last seen on the big screen delivering an emotionally charged performance as a political press agent in the crime drama State of Play directed by Kevin Macdonald for Universal Pictures.

Currently, Bateman is on location in New Mexico in production with Seth Rogen, Jane Lynch and Kristen Wigg on the Universal/ Working Title film Paul, directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola. Bateman most recently wrapped production in New York with Jennifer Aniston on the Mandate Pictures romantic comedy film The Baster where he plays the lead role. Prior to that he wrapped production on the Universal Pictures comedy Couples Retreat, starring alongside Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Kristen Bell, which will be released on October 9, 2009. He also filmed the Miramax feature, Extract directed by Mike Judge, which Bateman headlines and produced through his F+A Production banner. Extract co-stars Mila Kunis and is for release on September 4th. Bateman will also be seen in the Ricky Gervais penned and directed comedy, The Invention of Lying, as well as the George Clooney picture Up in the Air for Paramount Pictures and director, Jason Retiman, both due in theaters in either late 2009.

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 (Bateman partnered with Carnahan again after working together on the feature Smoking Aces for Universal 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 secured a first-look production deal between his company F+A Productions to develop, direct and write original content for 20th Century Fox Television. The deal came to fruition after Bateman directed the comedy pilot for the network entitled Do Not Disturb that premiered on the 2008 Fall lineup. Bateman also reteamed with his "Arrested Development” creator, Mitch Hurwitz, to voice a character in the Fox animated comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up. Upcoming in Summer 2009, Bateman will direct and produce the FX Network pilot called The Merger.

Last year, Bateman co-starred in the Peter Berg, action-film Hancock alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron, which was one of the biggest box-office openings worldwide in 2008. Hancock came on the heels of one of the biggest success stories in independent filmmaking with Fox Searchlight's gem, Juno for 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 in 2008 for Best Film by most major film critics' groups, as well as by the Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Also 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 once again for director Peter Berg.

Prior to this, Bateman starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman in the Fox/Mandate Pictures family fantasy film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium for ingénue 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 that, he 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, 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 a 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 1986-1991 and prior to this, was a series regular on the iconic television series with Michael Landon 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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