Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman


1/14/1969, Rye, New York

Birth Name


  • Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
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295 votes


Jason Bateman was born on January 14, 1969. His father-in-law is Paul Anka. He began acting at age 10 when a casting director asked him to read for the lead of an educational film. Soon, he landed spots on Little House On The Prairie and Silver Spoons. In…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Jason Bateman: (On work since the canceling of the TV series Arrested Development) Not many viewers tuned in (to Arrested Development), but some people in L.A. were watching, and they turned out to be people in charge of giving out some pretty good jobs,... ...Not many get a chance to hit the career re-set button.

    • Jason Bateman: (in January 2008 about his resolutions) I don't have anything to fix! I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I don't eat carbs. My life is just great now. Normal. Vanilla.

    • Jason Bateman: (about being on "The Hogan Family" as a child) I never looked at fan mail, for some reason. My mother and grandmother handled my mail--although it's not like I was ever in the stratosphere of Kirk Cameron or Scott Baio.

    • Jason Bateman: (about his "rebellious" younger days) I was just a lot smarter about not getting caught. I mean, I never stuck anything in my arm, but I certainly enjoyed my youth.

    • Jason Bateman: (about his baby daughter Francesca) I became an adult before I had a kid, which I highly recommend. I just like to throw her around. She's a really good snuggler, and she likes to give kisses and hugs. And her neck smells fantastic! You just want to ball her up and stuff her in your pocket. I'm gonna do all that until she gets too big and doesn't want to kiss her dad anymore.

    • Jason Bateman: (on how similar he is to his character on Arrested Development) I am most like my character in that I have a low tolerance for stupidity and power trips. I am least like my character in the sense that I'm the least conservative guy I know.

    • Jason Bateman: David Cross is one of the best comedic minds we have going nowadays. His subversive humor is backed up by his intellect.

    • Jason Bateman: (on his co-star David Cross) He finds things that are funny to say. He's the smart man's comic and to have him on the show is invaluable just lending a pedigree to it and a whole lot of street cred. I love him as a person too. He's a blast when the sun goes down.

    • Jason Bateman: (when Maxim asked about a line where he just couldn't keep a straight face) The pilot with Jeffrey, when he turns to the inmate and says, 'Hey, T-Bone.' It never made me laugh when I saw it on TV, but literally, that was one of the bigger giggle fits I've ever had.

    • Jason Bateman: (on playing a gay guy) I'm in a little bit of a different situation, because working in the business that I do and living in the city that I live in, I haven't had a problem with people who are gay. Since I was 10 I've been working alongside them, and some of my best friends are gay. I have enjoyed, though, seeing the tolerance increase across the country, and I think it's about time.

    • Jason Bateman: (on his thoughts for the pilot script for Arrested Development) I thought that it was the best pilot script I'd read in 5 years and I really wanted to be a part of it. It seemed though they were trying to make something opposite of what I was known for in television. I was hoping I would get a shot at it and I was glad they responded to my interest in it and they liked my reading of the part. I don't know how many more live studio audience typical sitcom shows I can do. This is shot like a documentary, and I really enjoy doing it.

    • Jason Bateman: (on his co-star Will Arnett) Will Arnett is one of the funniest guys I know. He has seen it all and done it all and come out the other end pretty savvy and pretty strong, so I think he'd be a good prospect.

    • Jason Bateman: (on his co-star Tony Hale) When Buster was cursing at all of us and there was a big, long bleep-out. Tony Hale is a man of God; he doesn't really have a big dirty vocabulary, so what we wound up having him do is just recite the alphabet to get us a long enough curse sentence. True story. So that's what's going on underneath the beep and that should air.

    • Jason Bateman: Me and the character that plays Gob, Will Arnett, he and I are like a couple of little old ladies on the computer checking the message boards on FOX and Television without pity. We read those every day and see what people are picking up on and those comments go straight to the writers.

  • I love watching Jason Bateman act - he is so deadpan. He'll say the funniest thing, but he looks so serious; to me this makes it even more hilarious.

    I have, Arrested Development, listed as one of my favorite shows - On a show this brilliant, almost everyone had to be funny - but Jason playing Michael Bluth was the lynchpin. He was brilliant in this series and continues to show his growth as an actor in independent films such as "Extract." He's come a long way since his early years on television sitcoms. It would be wonderful if the right material came his way and he could return to a weekly series. But I will continue to follow him in movies - apparently he is set to star in one in the near future.moreless
  • Jason Bateman has been so many great characters and has kept us entertained ever since the early 1980's. Especially as Derek on Silver Spoons. Also as David Hogan on The Hogan Family, what a young, fresh, sexy, gorgeous, talented actor. Love you, Reed!!moreless

    I think that Jason Bateman is a very talented actor. He has had a lot of great t.v. shows and movies that I love to watch over and over again. I especially loved him in The Hogan Family as David Hogan, because he was a sexy, young man that was growing up and going through the same things that other men his age were going through. Also I loved him on Arrested Development as Michael Bluth. He was very funny and such an outstanding actor, you couldn't take your eyes off of him, plus he was also very cute if I may say. And I think over all he has come a very long way and has made such a big come back since the hogan family was cancelled. I just want to also congragulate Jason on all of his hard work and all of the time and effort he has given us through being the wondurful actor he is and always will be. Way to go Jason Bateman, you rock. Your on top of the world!!! Plus congragulations on becoming a dad, I wish you all the best for you and your wife. Your biggest fan...

    Reed-Ashley, 13 years old.moreless