Jason Bateman is an American film and television actor best known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom "Arrested Development" (2003), as well as his role on "Valerie" (1986).
He was born in Rye, New York, USA. His father, Kent Bateman, is a film and television director and founder of a Hollywood repertory stage company. His mother, Victoria Bateman, was a flight attendant. In 1981, at the age of 12, young Bateman made his debut on television as James Cooper Ingalls in "Little House on the Prairie" (1974): Uncle Jed, appearing in 18 more episodes in one season. In the mid-1980s, he became the DGA's youngest-ever director when he directed three episodes of "Valerie" (1986) at age 18. During the 2000s, Bateman's film career has been on soaring trajectory. In 2005, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, for "Arrested Development" (2003), and received other awards and nominations.
Bateman has been enjoying a happy family life with his wife, actress Amanda Anka (daughter of singer Paul Anka). Their first child, Francesca Nora Bateman, was born in Los Angeles on October 28, 2006. The Batemans reside in Los Angeles, California.
|Amanda Anka||(3 July 2001 - present) 2 children|
A unique accent that helps with his dry comedic style
Dry, self-effacing wit
Playing the straight man in a comedy duo.
Often plays a put-upon everyman
Deadpan comic delivery
Younger brother of actress Justine Bateman.
Son of Kent Bateman and his wife Victoria, a British flight attendant.
Son-in-law of composer/actor Paul Anka.
Became the DGA's youngest-ever director when he directed 3 episodes of "Valerie" (1986) (aka "The Hogan Family") at the age of 18 years.
He won the celebrity portion of the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1987.
Formed a Hollywood repertory stage company with his sister, Justine Bateman and their father, Kent Bateman. The trio produced the TV movie Can You Feel Me Dancing? (1986) (TV), which starred both Jason and Justine.
Got into acting when, at age 10, he followed a friend to an audition for a role in an educational film and the director asked him to read for the lead.
Uncle of Justine Bateman's children, Duke and Olivia.
Had a surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat (11 January 2005).
His wife Amanda Anka gave birth to their daughter Francesca Nora on 28 October 2006 in Los Angeles.
Attended, but never graduated from Pacific Hills School.
Ranked #60 on "The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005).
A fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and even wears Dodgers clothing in the 2008 film Hancock (2008).
He's cycling enthusiast and an avid runner that averages five miles a day. "It's my meditation time," he says. "I clear my mind and think about the day." He leaves the iPod at home, preferring his own thoughts for company.
Good friend of Jennifer Aniston, since 1995.
Bateman's film company is called - F+A Productions - after his daughter Francesca and wife Amanda.
As of July, 2011, had not had an alcoholic drink in about 10 years.
Described his Saturday Night Live hosting experience in 2005 as "one of the best weeks of my life".
Started production company with Will Arnett in 2010 called DumbDumb, which creates short, comedic filmed advertising.
Jason and Amanda welcomed their second daughter Maple Sylvie on Friday February 10, 2012.
Favorite film is There Will Be Blood (2007).
By definition, gay is smart. I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots, but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy.
I have a tendency to evolve into William Shatner, with my big fat face.
I've been offered a couple of leads in some movies that really suck. I mean, you know, if they're offering me the lead, the script ain't that great. The stuff that's good, I'm a little further down the cast list.
This is a tough town to live in if you're not relevant. I'm not making my decisions based on the fear of that. But there's a reason people have a long career. And it's because they're doing respectful work. I really want to be in that group.
I would rather do three or four small parts every year as opposed to some of the lower-hanging fruit that might get my name above the title. If you take that big paycheck for that, it's going to be real high-profile, you're going to be famous for a couple of weeks, and then your career is over and you've got to make sure you don't spend all your money before you die.
My goal is to get another 30 years out of this business. So I need to figure out the fuel to do that. And so far, I think it's respect and quality and company, not celebrity or box office or stardom. It's not a sprinter's approach. It's more like a long-distance thing. You can stick around a lot longer if you kind of slow-play it.
[on his past drinking] As disciplined as I am. I'm also a huge hedonist. If my fun level is like a 6 when I'm out, why not take it to a 10? That's how I was with drinking. If I'm buzzed, let's get drunk. And if I'm drunk, let's black out. I mean, why not? I didn't understand why you'd stop.
(On his career - Details Magazine, 2010) This isn't a way to make a living that you can have any control over. You can't kiss the boss's ass and work extra hard to get that promotion. Things are going better now than ever, but in 24 months? I could be hearing crickets.
(On quitting drinking) I was never at a place where rehab would have been appropriate. Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key. It's like ketchup and French fries - I don't want one without the other. So that's the moment: Do you want to continue being great at being in your twenties, or do you want to step up and graduate into adulthood?
I don't look for Jason Bateman vehicles. I played a ton of team sport growing up, and team wins are just incredibly gratifying. Guys like Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Sacha Baron Cohen, they do things you love to watch. I like to do the other half.
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