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Born Jan. 14, 1969 in Rye, New York, Jason Bateman began his acting career at the age of five. He is most known for his role as Michael Bluth on the cult classic Arrested Development. His sister, Justine Bateman, also played a minor role in the series and is best known for her work on Family Ties.
At age five, Bateman scored a role as a young, orphaned child who is adopted by the Ingalls family on the hit series Little House on the Prairie. By the mid-80s, Bateman gained teen idol notoriety from his role on the sitcom The Hogan Family. In 1987, he held the lead role in Teen Wolf Too, the sequel to the Michael J. Fox film released two years earlier. Throughout the 1990s he held minor roles and worked in various films, but it wasn't until the 2004 release of Arrested Development that Bateman achieved the fame and critical acclaim he had achieved in the 80s.
Although the show was unable to sustain ratings and ended after three seasons, Bateman won a 2005 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. The show accrued a new popular base since its series finale in 2006 and has been revived for a fourth season, set to release as a full series of 15 episodes on Netflix on May 26, 2013, with Bateman slated to reprise his role.
Since Arrested Development took its seven-year break, Bateman has appeared in several films including Juno and a serious break from comedy in the 2007 action film The Kingdom. He most recently starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief, which hit theaters February 2013.
Bateman’s early career was plagued with drug and alcohol abuse, but in 2001, he settled down with Amanda Anka, daughter of singer Paul Anka. Together they are parents to six-year-old Francesca and 13-month-old Maple.
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