Actor, producer and director JASON BATEMAN
(Dave) was honored with
a Golden Globe Award in
2005 for Best Performance
by an Actor in a Television
Series—Musical or Comedy,
and earned an Emmy Award
nomination and two Screen
Actors Guild nominations
for his irreverent portrayal of
Michael Bluth in the Mitchell
Hurwitz-created, multi-award-winning comedy series
Arrested Development. Since then, Bateman has attained
leading-man status on the big screen, and returned 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
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 its
interest in Bateman. Since the show ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one major
fi lm role after the next.
Bateman can currently be seen co-starring as Nick
in the Warner Bros. ensemble comedy Horrible Bosses,
alongside Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx,
Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis. Horrible Bosses follows
three friends who conspire to murder their awful bosses
when they realize the bosses are standing in the way of
their happiness. The fi lm is directed by Seth Gordon and
was released on July 8, 2011.
In March 2011, Bateman co-starred in the Universal
Pictures and Working Title comedy Paul, directed by
Greg Mottola and written by Nick Frost and Simon
Pegg. Paul follows two British comic-book geeks who
have a supernatural encounter while taking a road trip
across the United States. Bateman co-starred as Agent
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 best friend who keeps a life-changing secret from
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 Globeand
Academy AwardÂ®-nominated Up in the Air, for
Paramount Pictures and director Jason Reitman.
Bateman made a memorable turn as Craig Gregory, the
brash head of a corporate-downsizing company set on
revolutionizing the industry. In October, he co-starred
alongside Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau,
Kristin Davis and Malin Akerman in 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 divorce and convinces
their friends to travel to Bora Bora to try to
revive their stale marriages.
In September 2009, Bateman headlined the
Miramax feature Extract as Joel Reynolds, the owner of
an extract manufacturing plant overcome by a comedic
series of personal and work-related problems. Extract
was directed by Mike Judge and produced by Bateman
through his F+A Productions banner. Bateman also had
a memorable cameo 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 Macdonald
for Universal Pictures.
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 the comedy pilot Do Not Disturb for
the network, 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 premiered in April 2009. In the summer of 2009,
Bateman directed and produced the FX Networks pilot
In 2008, Bateman co-starred in the Peter Berg
action fi lm Hancock, alongside Will Smith and Charlize
Theron. Hancock became one of the top box-office
openings worldwide in 2008, coming on the heels
of one of the biggest success stories in 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 child.
Directed by Jason Reitman, the fi lm was nominated for
Best Picture by most major film critics' groups, as well
as by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the
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 this, Bateman starred opposite Dustin
Hoffman and Natalie Portman in the Fox/Mandate
Pictures family fantasy fi lm Mr. Magorium's Wonder
Emporium, for director and writer Zach Helm.
Bateman's other recent film credits 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 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
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 spinoff,
It's Your Move, starring Bateman. He then starred
with Valerie Harper in her television series Valerie,
retitiled Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family,
from 1986 through 1991. Prior to that, he was a series
regular on an iconic television series that has become an
American treasure, Little House on the Prairie.
In January 2010, Bateman and Will Arnett, his
longtime friend and Arrested Development co-star,
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 for distribution on the Internet
and for the film industry.
Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his
wife, Amanda Anka, and their daughter, Francesca.
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