(Sandy/Produced by) was honored with a Golden Globe Award in 2005 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, multi-award-winning
comedy series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Since then, the actor,
producer and director has attained leading-man status on the big screen
and returned to his roots in television continuing to produce, write
and develop projects for the small screen.
Since ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one major
film role after another. In 2007, Bateman starred in Peter
Berg's action thriller THE KINGDOM and, prior to this, in
writer/director Zach Helm's family fantasy MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER
EMPORIUM with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. In 2008,
Bateman starred alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron in Peter
Berg's HANCOCK, one of the top box-office openings worldwide.
This came on the heels of one of the biggest success stories in
independent filmmaking, Jason Reitman's JUNO, in which Bateman had a
pivotal role as a potential adoptive father. JUNO received
Best Film nominations by most major film critics' groups, as well as
the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2010, Bateman starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy
THE SWITCH. In 2009, he shined in a supporting role, opposite
George Clooney, in the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated UP IN
THE AIR, for director Jason Reitman, and starred alongside Vince Vaughn
and Kristen Bell in Jon Favreau's COUPLES RETREAT. The same
year, Bateman headlined director Mike Judge's EXTRACT, which was
produced by Bateman through his F+A Productions banner. He
also had a memorable cameo in the Ricky Gervais comedy THE INVENTION OF
LYING and delivered an emotionally charged performance in Kevin
Macdonald's crime drama STATE OF PLAY.
In March 2011, Bateman co-starred in Greg Mottola's comedy PAUL, which
was written by and starred Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. He also
starred in back-to-back leading roles, including opposite Ryan Reynolds
in David Dobkin's comedy THE CHANGE-UP and the box-office hit HORRIBLE
BOSSES, in which Bateman reteamed with director Seth Gordon.
Bateman recently wrapped production in a starring role in BAD WORDS, a
dark comedy that also marks his feature film directorial
debut. His other film credits include the comedy THE EX; THE
BREAK-UP, with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; DODGEBALL: A TRUE
UNDERDOG STORY, with Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller; and STARSKY
& HUTCH, opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince
Vaughn. In 2002, he starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic
comedy THE SWEETEST THING.
On the small screen, Bateman secured a first-look production deal for
his company F+A Productions to develop, direct and write original
content for FOX Television. The deal came to fruition after
Bateman directed the network's comedy pilot DO NOT DISTURB, in fall
2008. He also reteamed with ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT creator
Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a character in the FOX animated comedy series
SIT DOWN, SHUT UP in April 2009. In the summer of 2009, he
directed and produced the FX Networks pilot THE MERGER.
In his adolescent and teen years, Bateman's portrayal of charming
schemer Derek Taylor in SILVER SPOONS prompted NBC to create the
spin-off IT'S YOUR MOVE, starring Bateman. He then starred
with Valerie Harper in the television series VALERIE, retitled
VALERIE'S FAMILY and then THE HOGAN FAMILY, from 1986 through
1991. Prior to that, he was a series regular on the iconic
television series that has become an American treasure, LITTLE HOUSE ON
THE PRAIRIE, with Michael Landon.
In January 2010, Bateman and Will Arnett, his longtime friend and
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT co-star, created the digital-driven production
company DumbDumb Productions, to produce commercials, shorts and
original content for distribution on the Internet and for the film
industry. Following this, Bateman established the production
banner Aggregate Films with a first-look, two-year partnership with
Universal Pictures and Universal Television.
Bateman will reprise his role as Michael Bluth in the 14-episode return
of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, which will be released by Netflix in the
spring of 2013.
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