Jason Bateman is an American film and television actor who gained initial recognition for his role in the 1986 television series Valerie. 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 1974's Little House on the Prairie. In the mid-1980s, he became the DGA's youngest-ever director when he directed three episodes of Valerie at age 18.
He became know in the 1980s and 1990s appearing in several sitcoms including Silver Spoons and It's Your Move. In 2003 he was cast as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development for which he was nominated twice for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy and won a Golden Globe and two Satellite Awards.
After Arrested ended in 2006 Jason went on to achieve great fame and success in the film industry. He starred in the films The Break-Up, The Ex, Smokin' Aces, The Kingdom, Juno, Hancock, Extract, Up in the Air, The Switch, Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, and The Invention of Lying. In 2014 he produced, made his directoral debut, and starred in the film Bad Words.  He will also be starring in This is Where I Leave You, Horrible Bosses 2 and The Family Fang all films to be finishing production and premiering this year. Bateman is married to actress Amanda Anka.
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