Biography

Jason Bateman---the little brother of Family Ties star Justine Bateman---made a splash on the small screen in the '80s, charming audiences as Ricky Schroder's mischievous best pal on Silver Spoons. The sitcom roles kept pouring in as he transitioned from teen to adult, but he became less visible due to the short life of his shows and his concurrent career behind the camera as a TV director. In 2003, he struck comic (if not commercial) gold as the harried head of the wacky Bluth clan on Arrested Development. Although the sitcom won critical praise, it was canceled by FOX in its third season. But Bateman had successfully renewed his own acting career. He landed supporting roles in a string of hit movies---a feat that had eluded him in the early stages of his career---including The Break Up in 2006, Juno in 2007 and Up in the Air in 2009. Off the screen, Bateman is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fast Facts

  • Began acting at the age of 10 after he went to an audition with a friend and the director asked him to read for the lead.
  • Directed three episodes of The Hogan Family by age 18.
  • Costarred with his sister Justine in the 1986 TV-movie Can You Feel Me Dancing? His father was the supervising producer of the project.
  • After a string of roles in short-lived sitcoms, landed the lead role in FOX's critically adored, but ratings-challenged, Arrested Development in 2003.
  • Found success on the big screen with supporting roles in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), The Break-Up (2006), Juno (2007) and Up in the Air (2009).
  • Son-in-law of singer-composer Paul Anka.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Maple Sylvie Bateman — Daughter
  • Amanda Anka — Wife
  • Justine Bateman — Sister
  • Francesca Nora Bateman — Daughter
  • Kent Bateman — Father
  • Victoria Bateman — Mother