Fast Facts

  • Appeared in a number of theatrical productions starting when she was 11.
  • Bitten by the acting bug when younger brother, Jason, joined the cast of Little House on the Prairie during the show's final season; signed with her brother's agency and landed roles in commercials at the age of 15.
  • Originally read for a small role in the pilot of Family Ties and was then asked to audition for the part of underachiever Mallory Keaton, which she ultimately landed.
  • Forayed into professional theater in 1984 in the drama Journey to the Day, playing a suicidal woman in a mental institution. Brother Jason was also in the cast, and their father, Kent Bateman, directed the play.
  • Taught acting classes and directed a play at Otis Parson's in downtown L.A. during the summer of 1986.
  • In a November 9, 1996, article of TV GUIDE magazine, discussed her struggles with eating disorders during Family Ties and how she was able to overcome them.
  • An avid knitter, she took a break from acting and founded Justine Bateman Design in 2000.
  • Sold a script to the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place in 2008.
  • In 2008, appeared before a U.S. Senate committee hearing promoting "net neutrality" of the Internet.
  • Is a licensed pilot and certified scuba instructor . 
  • Served on the National Board of Directors on the Screen Actors Guild.


  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Kent Bateman — Father
  • Olivia Fluent — Daughter
  • Leif Garrett — Ex-significant Other
  • Duke Kenneth Fluent — Son
  • Victoria Bateman — Mother
  • Jason Bateman — Brother
  • Mark Fluent — Husband


  • Attends University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States


  • Birth Name: Justine Tanya Bateman
  • Birth Place: Rye, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer

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