Actor, producer and director JASON BATEMAN (Agent Zoil) was honored with
a Golden Globe Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and earned an
Award nomination and two Screen Actors Guild nominations for his irreverent
of Michael Bluth in the Mitchell Hurwitz-created, multi-award-winning comedy
Arrested Development. Since then, Bateman has attained leading-man status on the
screen while returning to his roots in television by continuing to produce,
develop projects for the small screen. One can easily surmise by the prestigious
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
the attention of the motion picture industry and reinvigorated their interest in
Since the show ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one major film role after the
Bateman will also co-star as Nick in the Warner Bros. ensemble comedy Horrible
Bosses, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Charlie Day and
Sudeikis. Horrible Bosses follows three friends who conspire to murder their
bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. The
directed by Seth Gordon and is slated for release on July 29, 2011.
Also in 2011, Bateman will be seen, opposite Ryan Reynolds, in the Universal
Pictures comedy, The Change-Up, as a responsible family man who switches bodies
his lazy best friend. The film is directed by David Dobkin.
Bateman is also producing and starring in a film for Universal Pictures, which
based on an original idea of his, called The Remarkable Fellows, which Joe
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
revenge specialists who are hired by the most powerful and wealthy people all
world to exact revenge on those who have wronged them. The film is currently in
In August 2010, Bateman starred with Jennifer Aniston in the Mandate Pictures
romantic-comedy film The Switch, in which he played the lead role Wally, the
who kept a life-changing secret from Aniston's Kassie.
In 2009, Bateman completed one of his busiest years yet. In December, he was
seen in a supporting role, opposite George Clooney, in the Golden Globe- and
AwardÂ®-nominated Up in the Air, for Paramount Pictures and director Jason
Bateman made a memorable turn as Craig Gregory, the brash head of a
company set on revolutionizing the industry. In October, he co-starred
alongside Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis and Malin
Couples Retreat. Bateman starred as the neurotic and overachieving Jason, who is
married to Bell's Cynthia. In Couples Retreat, the couple is on the brink of
convinces their friends to travel to Bora Bora to try to revive their stale
In September 2009, Bateman headlined the Miramax feature Extract as Joel
Reynolds, the owner of an extract manufacturing plant overcome by a comedic
personal and work-related problems. Extract was directed by Mike Judge and
by Bateman through his F+A Productions banner. Bateman also had a memorable
in the Ricky Gervais-penned and -directed comedy, The Invention of Lying.
In April 2009, Bateman delivered an emotionally charged performance as a
political press agent in the crime drama State of Play, directed by Kevin
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
Television. The deal came to fruition after Bateman directed the comedy pilot Do
Disturb for the network, which premiered in the 2008 fall lineup. Bateman also
with his Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a character in
animated comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up, which premiered in April 2009. In the
summer of 2009, Bateman directed and produced the FX Networks pilot The Merger.
In 2008, Bateman co-starred in the Peter Berg action film Hancock, alongside
Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Hancock became one of the top box-office
worldwide in 2008, and came on the heels of one of the biggest success stories
independent filmmaking with Fox Searchlight's gem, Juno, in which Bateman had a
pivotal role as the potential, yet uncertain, adoptive father to Juno's unborn
Directed by Jason Reitman, the film was nominated for Best Picture by most major
critics' groups, as well as by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2007, Bateman co-starred opposite Jamie
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 this, Bateman starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman in
the Fox/Mandate Pictures family-fantasy film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium for
ingenue 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
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Prior to that, he portrayed a loose-lipped
commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,
Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner Bros. film
& Hutch, opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. In 2002, he starred
Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair in the romantic comedy The
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
It's Your Move, starring Bateman. He then starred with Valerie Harper in her
Valerie, Valerie's Family and The Hogan Family from 1986 through 1991 and, prior
that, was a series regular on the iconic television series that has become an
treasure, Little House on the Prairie.
In January 2010, Bateman and his longtime friend and Arrested Development
Will Arnett, announced the creation of their digital-driven production company,
DumbDumb Productions. Working alongside Electus, DumbDumb Productions allows
Bateman and Arnett to produce commercials, shorts and original content to be
on the Internet and for the film industry.
Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Amanda Anka, and their
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