JASON BATEMAN (Nick) 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 Actors Guild Award nominations for his irreverent portrayal of
Michael Bluth in the Mitch Hurwitz-created, multi-award-winning comedy series
"Arrested Development." Since then, the actor, producer and director has
attained leading man status in front of and behind the camera.
Since "Arrested Development" ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one major
film role after another. In 2007, he 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. "Juno" received Best Film
nominations by most major film critics' groups, as well as the Hollywood Foreign
Press and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2010, Bateman starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy "The
Switch." 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." In 2009, Bateman headlined Mike Judge's "Extract," which he also
produced 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 starred in Greg Mottola's comedy "Paul," written by
and starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. He also starred in back-to-back leading
roles, opposite Ryan Reynolds in David Dobkin's comedy "The Change-Up," and the
box-office hit "Horrible Bosses," in which Bateman re-teamed with director Seth
In February 2013, Bateman starred with Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief,"
directed by Seth Gordon and, in April 2013, in Henry Alex Rubin's thriller
Bateman most recently led a starring ensemble cast, including Tina Fey and
Jane Fonda, in director Shawn Levy's dramatic comedy "This is Where I Leave
You," based on Jonathan Tropper's bestselling novel. He also starred in "Bad
Words," a dark comedy that marked his feature film directorial debut. "Bad
Words" premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September
and opened in theaters on March 14, 2014.
He recently wrapped production on his second directorial effort, "The Family
Fang," based on the Kevin Wilson bestseller, in which he will also star opposite
Bateman's other film credits include the comedy "The Ex"; "The Break-Up,"
with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," with
Vaughn and Ben Stiller; "Starsky & Hutch," opposite Stiller, Owen Wilson and
Vaughn; and 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 re-teamed 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 pilot "The Merger." In May 2013, Netflix premiered
the return of cult favorite "Arrested Development" for 14 episodes, for which
Bateman revived his role as Michael Bluth and earned a 2013 Emmy, as well as
2014 SAG and Golden Globe nominations.
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 "Valerie,"
retitled "Valerie's Family" and then "The Hogan Family," from 1986 to 1991.
Prior to that, he was a regular on the iconic 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. On February 25,
2014, NBC premiered the comedy "Growing Up Fisher," produced by Aggregate Films
and Universal Television, on which Bateman served as an executive producer.