JASON BATEMAN (Ray Embrey) has made the successful transition that few child actors have been able to accomplish. Currently, Bateman has starring and supporting roles in five upcoming feature films, both independent and studio projects. Since being honored with the Golden Globe Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "Arrested Development," Bateman's star has been on a rapid ascent.
While Bateman's starring role in the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning Fox comedy series "Arrested Development" brought a newfound appreciation with the public, it also caught the attention of the motion picture industry. Since the show ended in 2006, Bateman has become a hot commodity in the feature film market. He delivered a stand-out performance in Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces for Universal. Bateman then co-starred with Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner in Peter Berg's action-drama The Kingdom. He recently wrapped a supporting role in This Side of the Truth, opposite Ricky Gervais.
Bateman has just sealed a one-year, first-look producing and directing deal with FOX television with his production company F+A Productions.
In 2007, Bateman also starred in the Fox/Mandate Pictures family fantasy and comedy film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium for director Zach Helm, who scripted Stranger than Fiction. He also received acclaim for his supporting role in the Academy Award® nominated independent smash Juno, directed by Jason Reitman.
Bateman recently wrapped filming on the crime drama State of Play, based on the popular BBC mini-series, with Rachel McAdams, Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright Penn and Helen Mirren for director Kevin Macdonald, slated for release next year.
Bateman is also producing and starring in a film for Universal that is based on his own original idea, with Joe Carnahan is writing and directing. Called The Remarkable Fellows, the film is an action comedy about two elite "revenge specialists" who are hired by the most powerful and wealthy people all over the world to exact revenge on those who have wronged them. The film will begin production this summer.
Bateman had a supporting role in The Break-Up. Prior to that, Bateman portrayed a loose-lipped sports commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner Bros. film Starsky & Hutch opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. In 2002, Bateman starred with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair in the romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing. He garnered many favorable reviews for his comedic timing in the role of Roger.
As for Bateman's television credits, after impressing network executives with his portrayal of the charming, yet scheming Derek Taylor in Silver Spoons, they created a spin-off It's Your Move, based on the popularity of Bateman. He then starred with Valerie Harper in "Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family" comedy series from 1986-1991. His other television credits include the telefilm, "Can You Feel Me Dancing," which he co-starred in with his sister Justine, as well as "Simon," "Chicago Sons," "George and Leo," "Love Stinks," and "Some of My Best Friends."
In 1987, Bateman made his feature film debut in Teen Wolf Too, produced by his father, Kent Bateman. He also starred in the 2001 independent feature Sol Goode with Balthazar Getty and Jamie Kennedy.
Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Amanda Anka, and their daughter, Francesca.