Jason Bateman Biography (1969-)

has been on television since the 1980s, but these days he’s best known as Michael Bluth, the semi-sane center of the oddball family in Arrested Development (2003-06). He started off his career in TV with Little House on the Prairie (1981-82), and he hit his stride as a popular co-star of Silver Spoons (1982-84). That led to his own short-lived series, lots of guest roles and, to wind up the decade, a regular role on Valerie’s Family (1986-91). He appeared in TV movies and guest roles during the 1990s, but spent most of his time living off the fruits of his teen labors. His anchoring job on Arrested Development put Bateman in the spotlight again, despite that show’s inability to reach a broad audience. He’s since taken on more big-screen roles, usually playing a boyish, comically befuddled straight-man. His recent films include Smokin’ Aces (2006, starring Jeremy Piven), The Kingdom (2007, with Jennifer Garner), Juno (2007, starring Ellen Page), Hancock (2008, starring Will Smith) and Up in the Air (2009, starring George Clooney).

Bateman’s sister, Justine, was also a 1980s TV star. She played Michael J. Fox’s sister on Family Ties (1982-89).

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