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Also Known As: Jason Kent Bateman Died:
Born: January 14, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rye, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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Before graduating to play conniving adults on television and in R-rated comedies, actor Jason Bateman established himself as a welcomed shot of vinegar to the sugary sweet "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-87) at the same time sister Justine Bateman starred on "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89). Having literally grown up before the cameras, Bateman made a forgettable film debut in "Teen Wolf Too" (1987) and was the eldest son on "Valerie/The Hogan Family" (NBC/CBS, 1986-1991). Making a seamless transition from teen actor to adult, he continued his career on the small screen as a likeable straight man on a number of other sitcoms and television movies until launching a comeback of sorts with his starring turn as the straight-laced son of a wildly dysfunctional family on the cult hit "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Bateman continued his career rejuvenation with a turn as a musician-turned-yuppie in the hit comedy "Juno" (2007), while landing supporting roles in major studio films like "Hancock" (2008) and "State of Play" (2008). Following "Up in the Air" (2009), he starred in a number of hit comedies including "The Switch" (2010), "The Change-Up" (2011) and "Horrible Bosses" (2011) and its 2014 sequel, while...

Before graduating to play conniving adults on television and in R-rated comedies, actor Jason Bateman established himself as a welcomed shot of vinegar to the sugary sweet "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-87) at the same time sister Justine Bateman starred on "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89). Having literally grown up before the cameras, Bateman made a forgettable film debut in "Teen Wolf Too" (1987) and was the eldest son on "Valerie/The Hogan Family" (NBC/CBS, 1986-1991). Making a seamless transition from teen actor to adult, he continued his career on the small screen as a likeable straight man on a number of other sitcoms and television movies until launching a comeback of sorts with his starring turn as the straight-laced son of a wildly dysfunctional family on the cult hit "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Bateman continued his career rejuvenation with a turn as a musician-turned-yuppie in the hit comedy "Juno" (2007), while landing supporting roles in major studio films like "Hancock" (2008) and "State of Play" (2008). Following "Up in the Air" (2009), he starred in a number of hit comedies including "The Switch" (2010), "The Change-Up" (2011) and "Horrible Bosses" (2011) and its 2014 sequel, while establishing himself as a director with the dark comedy "Bad Words" (2013) and "The Family Fang" (2015) and starring in the animated hit "Zootopia" (2016). Because of his late career resurgence, Bateman proved that talent and perseverance would always win out in the end.

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  Bad Words (2014)

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 Game Night (2018)
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 Zootopia (2016)
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 Family Fang, The (2016)
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 Gift, The (2015)
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 Bad Words (2014)
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 Identity Thief (2013)
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1979:
Cast in first film at age 10 after accompanying a friend to an audition
1981:
Cast as the orphaned James Cooper adopted by Michael Landon on NBC's "Little House on the Prairie"
1984:
Made TV-movie debut in "Just a Little More Love"
1984:
Co-starred on short-lived NBC sitcom "It's Your Move"
1985:
Made TV miniseries debut as Joe Kennedy III in "Robert Kennedy and His Times" (CBS)
1986:
Co-starred with sister Justine in "Can You Feel Me Dancing?" (NBC); their father Kent served as supervising producer
1987:
Made film debut in sequel "Teen Wolf Too"; produced by father Kent
1988:
Co-starred with Tom Skerritt in NBC TV-movie thriller "Moving Target"; executive produced by father Kent
1995:
Co-starred with Harland Williams on short-lived sitcom "Simon" (The WB)
1997:
Cast in lead role on family sitcom "Chicago Sons" (NBC)
1997:
Played Bob Newhart's son on CBS sitcom "George & Leo"
2002:
Cast in supporting role as Thomas Jane's brother in romantic comedy "The Sweetest Thing"
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Co-starred in comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2006:
Teamed with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in "The Break-Up"
2007:
Portrayed a government agent investigating the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia in Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"
2008:
Re-teamed with director Peter Berg for superhero comedy "Hancock"
2009:
Played a bisexual fetish club promoter in political thriller "State of Play"
2009:
Played the owner of an extract factory in Mike Judge's "Extract"
2009:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell in comedy feature "Couples Retreat"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in romantic comedy "The Switch"
2011:
Co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in "The Change-Up"
2013:
Cast opposite Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief"
2014:
Co-starred with Olivia Wilde in comedy-drama "The Longest Week"
2014:
Co-starred opposite Tina Fey in family comedy-drama "This Is Where I Leave You"
2014:
Reprised role as Nick in "Horrible Bosses 2"
2015:
Starred in psychological thriller "The Gift"
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Notes

An avid racecar driver, Bateman won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1987.

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companion:
Alexondra Lee. Actor.
wife:
Amanda Anka. Daughter of singer Paul Anka dating from c. 1998; announced engagement in August 2000; married on July 3, 2001.

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father:
Kent Bateman. Producer; director; agent. Directed episodes of "Valerie's Family" and "The Hogan Family"; produced "Teen Wolf Too" (1987) and "Breaking the Rules/Sketches" (1992), both starring Jason; served as supervising producer on the telefilm "Can You Feel Me Dancing?" (NBC, 1986) starring Justine with Jason; founded a repertory stage company in Hollywood with Jason and Justine.
mother:
Victoria Bateman. Flight attendant.
father-in-law:
Paul Anka. Singer.
sister:
Justine Bateman. Actor. Worked together on "Can You Feel Me Dancing?" and the comedy special "Candid Camera Eat! Eat! Eat!" (CBS, 1989).
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