Jason Bateman

  • 18 February 2005

Date of birth

14th January, 1969







Jason Bateman (born 14.01.1969) Jason Bateman is an American actor.

Childhood:Bateman was born in Rye, New York. His parents are Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant, and Kent Bateman, an actor and director. He moved to Salt Lake City when he was 4 and later California.

Acting career: Jason made his TV debut in 'Little House on the Prairie' with Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert and Karen Grassle. In 1982, he began appearing in 'Silver Spoons' before joining the cast of sitcom 'The Hogan Family' in 1986 with Valerie Harper, even directing three episodes when he was just 18. In 1987, he appeared in the movie 'Teen Wolf Too' which was a box office failure. He appeared alongside Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn in 'This Can't Be Love' in 1994. Around this time he also had big roles in several series including 'Simon', 'Chicago Sons', 'George & Leo' and 'Some of My Best Friends', and in 2002, he appeared in the movie 'The Sweetest Thing'. In 2003, he landed a part in the comedy series 'Arrested Development' opposite Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera which won him a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Emmy nomination. In 2006, he guest starred in an episode of 'Scrubs' which stars Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke. In 2009, he provided his voice in the Fox comedy 'Sit Down, Shut Up'. The following year, he and Will Arnett founded 'DumbDumb Productions'. In 2004, he appeared in the award-winning comedy 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story' alongside Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. He also appeared with Vince again in 'Starsky & Hutch', 2006's 'The Break-Up' and 2009's 'Couples Retreat'. 2007, saw him opposite Ben Affleck in 'Smokin' Aces', 'The Kingdom' alongside Jamie Foxx, 'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium' with Dustin Hoffman and 'Juno' which starred Ellen Page. In 2008, he was in the superhero film 'Hancock' with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. 2010 saw him in the rom com 'The Switch' with Jennifer Aniston and in 2011 he starred in 'Horrible Bosses' and 'The Change-Up'. He starred in the thriller 'Disconnect' in 2012 and 'Identity Thief' in 2013 opposite Melissa McCarthy.

Personal life: Bateman has previously struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. He married Amanda Anka in 2001 and they have two daughters; Francesca and Maple. In 2005, he underwent surgery to remove a polyp from his throat which interrupted the production of 'Arrested Development'. He is a fan of the baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jason Bateman's 'Ozark' Gets Season 2 Release Date On Netflix

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 22 June 2018

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'Ozark' returns on August 31st.

Jason Bateman’s sleeper hit crime drama series ‘Ozark’ has announced the arrival date for its much-anticipated second series on Netflix.

Concerning a middle-class American family forced to relocate to the deep South in order to please a violent crime syndicate boss, ‘Ozark’ was one of Netflix’s biggest hits of 2017, though it initially started slowly and eventually spread by word of mouth.

Written by and starring Bateman as the beleaguered family head Marty Byrde, and featuring Laura Linney as his wife Wendy, the new trailer for the second season was released on Friday (June 22nd) ahead of an August 31st release of ten new episodes.

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Jason Bateman Wants To Play A Woman

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 June 2018

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Jason Bateman would like to play a female role in a "real way", he's revealed.

'Ozark' and 'Arrested Development' star Jason Bateman has a whole lot of memorable roles under his belt, but the actor has his sights set on something a little more feminine in the near future.

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In a recent round table interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where he sat alongside the likes of Jeff Daniels and Darren Criss, the actor said he does enjoy being the "normal guy", but would like the challenge of having to play a woman.

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Jason Bateman Criticised For Defending Jeffrey Tambor Over Harassment Claims

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 May 2018

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Bateman's remarks came during a cast interview ahead of series 5 of 'Arrested Development'.

Jason Bateman is currently on the end of a social media backlash after he defended ‘Arrested Development’ co-star Jeffrey Tambor over verbal harassment claims – as fellow star Jessica Walter, who had been on the receiving end of that treatment, cried just a few feet away.

‘Arrested Development’ is about to make a comeback to TV after a five year hiatus for its fifth season, and the cast gave a collective interview to the New York Times this week, published on Wednesday (May 23rd).

Jessica Walter, who played Tambor’s on-screen wife and Bateman’s mother in the series, claimed that Tambor verbally harassed her on-set. Tambor himself then admitted that he had done this, and that he had “profusely apologised” and called Walter a “walking acting lesson”.

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Jason Bateman pictured at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAGs) Awards 2018 held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This year's big winners included 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri', 'Veep' and 'Big Little Lies' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 21st January 2018

Game Night [2018] Trailer

What kind of idea do you cook up for a social game night when you're filthy rich? Whatever it is, it's got to be something unique, exciting and it's gotta last the evening. At least that's something that Brooks (Kyle Chandler) gets right in 'Game Night'.

Brooks is hosting a special kind of evening at his luxurious mansion for his six friends - including his brother Max (Jason Bateman), Max's wife Annie (Rachel McAdams), their pal Ryan (Billy Magnussen), Ryan's love interest Sarah (Sharon Horgan) and another couple (played by Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury). It's a kind of murder mystery event whereby one of them gets 'kidnapped' and the others have to set out to find the hostage.

The person who finds the hostage wins the grand prize. Sounds simple enough, and no doubt exceptionally fun. However, there's nothing whimsical about this game. Brooks has set the whole thing up to look very real, aiming to fool his guests into believing anything. He puts so much emphasis on this point of the game, though, that when a group of actual robbers break into the house and drag him away, his friends think it's all just part of the act.

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Jason Bateman's 'Ozark' Gets Season 2 Renewal At Netflix

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 August 2017

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The drama will be making its return to the streaming service in the near future.

Hitting Netflix a little earlier this year, Jason Bateman and Laura Linney-led new drama series 'Ozark' debuted to a good critical reception, and it would seem the show has had enough support from subscribers that the company have already decided to give it the go ahead for a second season.

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Bateman stars in 'Ozark' as financial advisor Marty Byrde; a man who looks after his family by secretly laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. It's a hugely different role for the guy who usually plays the funny man in film or on screen, most notably in the likes of 'Arrested Development' or 'Horrible Bosses'.

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Jason Bateman at his star naming ceremony. The actor was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 26th July 2017

Colleen Atwood in the press room at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Jason Bateman at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

Jason Bateman: "Olivia Munn Has Got It All"

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 December 2016

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Munn stars opposite Bateman in festive ensemble comedy 'Office Christmas Party'.

With brains, beauty and wit, it’s easy to see why Olivia Munn has become one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars in recent years.

In Office Christmas Party, the journalist turned actress holds her own as part of an ensemble cast which includes seasoned comedy stars, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and Kate McKinnon.

Image caption Jennifer Aniston at the Office Christmas Party premiere in California

The Josh Gordon-directed film is expected to make between $13 and $15 million across 3210 sites for 'Paramount'. The 15 rated comedy could potentially challenge the Dwayne Johnson-starring 'Moana', as the Disney film looks to top the box office charts for the third week in succession.

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Zootopia [aka Zootropolis] Review

Very Good

The filmmakers behind Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph join forces for this entertaining animated action comedy, which has clearly been planned as a franchise-launcher. Energetic and funny, the movie is packed with wonderfully engaging characters and animated with clever visual inventiveness. But even though it's a lot of fun, it's difficult to escape the feeling that Disney is trying to sell us a whole new range of products.

The setting is a world populated only by animals, where predators and prey have learned to get along. The story centres on feisty rabbit Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who grew up under pressure to work in the family carrot-farming business. But she wants to be a cop, even though no bunny has ever made the force. Top of her class at police academy, she's assigned to the Zootropolis Police Department, where Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) makes her a meter maid. But she's too ambitious to write parking tickets all day, and teams up with con-artist fox Nick (Jason Bateman) to look into the strange case of a missing otter, which might be linked to a series of unexplained events in which predators suddenly became aggressive and dangerous.

The writers and directors have a great time with the premise, peppering scenes with knowing references mainly to other movies but also to resonant aspects of society, such as the genius casting of sloths as government workers. And there are also much bigger themes rattling around the edges, from how other peoples' expectations constrain us to how politicians use fear to control the public. There's also a cleverly pointed undercurrent about prejudice and diversity. And at the centre, Goodwin and Bateman give solid vocal performances as natural enemies who find a way to trust each other. Of the supporting cast, Elba is the standout as a buffalo who is all bluster.

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The Gift Review

Very Good

Marketed as a horror-thriller, this sharply well-made film is actually a bleak drama with a strong message about bullying. Actor turned writer-director Joel Edgerton creates a vividly creepy atmosphere as he digs into the perceptions and motivations of three central characters, and he finds plenty of opportunity to unnerve the audience in the process. There are a few big jolts, but it's the unsettling themes that freak us out.

There has clearly already been quite a lot of trauma in the marriage between Simon and Robyn (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall), so much so that they've packed up their home in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to start over. As they're settling into their stunning new home in the hills, Simon runs into his old school friend Gordon (Edgerton), who seems to appear out of nowhere, worming his way into their life with a series of thoughtful gifts. But Simon doesn't want to reconnect with Gordon, whom he always thought was a weirdo, which Robyn thinks is rather cruel. She reluctantly agrees with Simon that they break contact with Gordon, due to pressures at work and in their attempts to start a family. But things immediately turn very nasty. And Robyn realises that there's more to Simon and Gordon's past than either is letting on.

With a pungent sense of foreboding, the film is instantly riveting, mainly because it resembles movies like Fatal Attraction. So we brace ourselves for that bunny-boiling moment, and as a writer, director and actor, Edgerton plays with us mercilessly, dropping all kinds of hints and revelations about the reality beneath the surface of these characters. But instead of turning into a crazed, violent thriller, the film instead takes a much more internalised approach, generating suspense from the implications of what is happening. Essentially, it works because it forces us to understand even the darkest motivations of the characters.

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As Jurassic World Sequel Gets Dated, A Look Back At Five Dodgy Film Follow-Ups

By Gary Roberts in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 July 2015

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With fans already getting excited about the 2018-dated 'Jurassic World' sequel, we remember five movie follow-ups that should never have been made.

Not all sequels are terrible - Toy Story, The Bourne Identity and Batman Begins all received excellent second (and third) instalments, for example - but sometimes a disastrous sequel comes along that nobody was asking for. Here are five of the worst.

1. Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Image caption This comedy didn't leave audiences howling

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