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Jason Bateman



The younger brother of Family Ties star Justine Bateman, actor Jason Bateman has been a mainstay on television since the 1980s, starring in countless sitcoms of varying success. He first displayed his scene-stealing propensity in the role of young sharpster Derek Taylor, best friend of star Ricky Schroder, on Silver Spoons. The audience response to Bateman was so positive that the 15-year-old was given his own sitcom vehicle in 1984, as "teenaged con man" Matthew Burton on It's Your Move. When this series was cancelled after one season, Bateman moved to the long-running role of wise-guy teen David Hogan on the mid-1980s series Valerie, which of course later changed names (and leading actresses) to emerge as The Hogan Family.



During this period, Bateman also found time to star or co-star in a handful of feature films, such as the 1985 made-for-TV summer-camp comedy Poison Ivy, Teen Wolf, Too, and 1991's Necessary Roughness. However, none of the projects were successful enough to give Bateman a springboard to bigscreen stardom.



Following the conclusion of The Hogan Family in 1991, Bateman embarked on a decade plagued by failed TV outings. On top of several pilots that never even saw the light of day, he was the lead in no less than four ill-fated sitcoms, Simon, George and Leo, Chicago Sons, and Some of My Best Friends. Fortunately, as the new millenium was ushered in, things started to look bright for Bateman. After a supporting turn in the Cameron Diaz comedy The Sweetest Thing, his first major theatrical feature in a decade, he was tapped to lead the eclectic ansemble cast of the Ron Howard-produced Fox sitcom Arrested Development. Acclaimed for its smart humor and fresh concept, the show became a hit with critics and viewers.



In the wake of Arrested Development's success, Bateman continued to increase his presence in the world of comedy, but henceforth on the silver screen. He made memorable appearances in 2004 comedies like Starsky and Hutch and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, as well as more serious fare, like the 2007 Iraq War movie The Kingdom, but Bateman's next major hit seemed to come later that year, with a memorable supporting role in the comedy Juno. He would continue to be a mainstay in comedy, however, with appearances in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Invention of Lying, Extract, Couples Retreat, and The Switch, but the actor would continue to surprise audiences with more dramatic films as well, like 2009's State of Play and Up in the Air.



For comedy fans, Bateman couldn't be avoided in 2011, with roles in Horrible Bosses as well as The Change-Up. Soon, he was signing up to star alongside Olivia Wilde and Billy Cruddup in The Longest Week, and Alexander Skarsgard in Disconnect.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Felt
  • Charlie Bates
2017
42% Office Christmas Party
  • Josh Parker
2016
69% Central Intelligence
  • Trevor
2016
80% The Family Fang
  • Producer
  • Baxter Fang
  • Director
2016
98% Zootopia
  • Nick Wilde
2016
93% The Gift
  • Simon
2015
52% A LEGO Brickumentary
  • Actor
2015
34% Horrible Bosses 2
  • Nick Hendricks
2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You
  • Judd Altman
2014
78% Pump
  • Actor
2014
11% The Longest Week
  • Conrad Vamont
2014
66% Bad Words
  • Guy Trilby
  • Director
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet The Arrested Development Documentary Project
  • Actor
2013
68% Disconnect
  • Rich Boyd
2013
19% Identity Thief
  • Sandy Patterson
  • Producer
2013
25% Mansome
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2012
25% The Change-Up
  • Dave Lockwood
2011
68% Horrible Bosses
  • Nick Hendricks
2011
71% Paul
  • Agent Zoil
2011
51% The Switch
  • Wally Mars
2010
91% Up in the Air
  • Craig Gregory
2009
11% Couples Retreat
  • Jason
2009
58% The Invention of Lying
  • Doctor
2009
63% Extract
  • Joel
2009
84% State of Play
  • Dominic Foy
2009
41% Hancock
  • Ray Embrey
2008
85% Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Detective on 'Animal Instincts'
2008
94% Juno
  • Mark Loring
2007
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
  • Henry Weston
2007
51% The Kingdom
  • Adam Leavitt
2007
19% The Ex
  • Chip Sanders
2007
29% Smokin' Aces
  • Rupert "Rip" Reed
2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • Darkos
2007
No Score Yet Totally Awesome
  • Himself
2006
33% The Break-Up
  • Riggleman
2006
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
  • Pepper Brooks
2004
64% Starsky & Hutch
  • Kevin
2004
No Score Yet One Way Out
  • John Farrow
2002
26% The Sweetest Thing
  • Roger Donahue
2002
No Score Yet Sol Goode
  • Vee-jay
2001
No Score Yet Breaking the Rules (Sketches)
  • Actor
2001
19% Love Stinks
  • Jesse
1999
56% The Night We Never Met
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet A Taste for Killing
  • Blaine
1992
No Score Yet Breaking the Rules
  • Phil Stepler
1992
No Score Yet How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love? - Classroom Version
  • Actor
1992
31% Necessary Roughness
  • Jarvis Edison
1991
No Score Yet Moving Target
  • Toby Kellogg
1988
7% Teen Wolf Too
  • Todd Howard
1987
No Score Yet Bates Motel
  • Tony
1987
No Score Yet How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love?
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Thanksgiving Promise
  • Steve Tilby
1986
No Score Yet Can You Feel Me Dancing?
  • Larry Nichols
1986
No Score Yet Right to Kill?
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Poison Ivy
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins
  • Addison
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • James Cooper Ingalls James James Cooper
63% The Muppets
2015-2016
  • Himself
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2016
  • Michael Bluth
  • Director
36% Growing Up Fisher
2014
  • Producer
  • Narrator
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
Growing Up Fisher
  • Narrator
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Mr. Sutton
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Scott

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