-> ''"People have often asked if I'm gay because I don't go out of my way [[AllTheGoodMenAreGay to spit and scratch and give people attitude]]."''
-->-- '''Jason Bateman'''

Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is a prolific American comedy actor. Seriously, you might not remember them all, but you have probably seen at least eight movies with this guy. He was born in 1969 and began his acting career with a part in ''{{Little House on the Prairie}}''. He came to prominence with a supporting role on the 1980s sitcom ''Series/{{Silver Spoons}}'' and TheHoganFamily and later as the star of ''[[Film/TeenWolf Teen Wolf Too]]'' (which is something of an {{Old Shame}}).

His best-remembered roles are that of David Hogan, the eldest son on ''Series/TheHoganFamily'', and as Michael Bluth in ''Series/{{Arrested Development}}'', the latter which set his persona as something of a quietly charming {{straight man}}. He has been playing largely similar [[DoggedNiceGuy resilient nice-guy]] roles in a myriad of comedies. In recent years audiences have had something of a "{{he really can act}}" reaction as he has managed to find a lot of range despite being largely typecast.

His sister, Justine Bateman, also acts and is best known as Mallory from ''Series/FamilyTies''.
!!His Films:
* ''Film/StarskyAndHutch'' (2004)
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Juno}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium'' (2007)
* ''Film/SmokinAces'' (2007)
* ''Film/TheKingdom2007''
* ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/StateOfPlay'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Extract}}'' (2009)
* ''Film/UpInTheAir'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'' (2009)
* ''Couples Retreat'' (2009)
* Extract (2009)
* ''Film/TheSwitch'' (2010)
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'' (2010)
* ''Film/HorribleBosses'' (2011)
* ''The Change Up'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Disconnect}}'' (2012)
* ''Film/IdentityThief'' (2012)
* ''[[Film/TheGift2015 The Gift]]'' (2015)
* ''Film/CentralIntelligence'' (2016)
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016)
* ''Film/OfficeChristmasParty'' (2016)
* ''Film/GameNight'' (2018)
!!This actor provides examples of:

* ButtMonkey: His characters cannot catch a break and usually take shit from every side until the [[ThrowTheDogABone end of the story]].
* DeadpanSnarker: His other notable role. A writer for the ''Fort Worth Star-Telegram'' [[http://www.star-telegram.com/living/article119294178.html remarked that]] one of his films "only makes for more opportunity for Bateman to access his seemingly bottomless reservoir of put-out sardonic deadpan".
* DoggedNiceGuy: His role in ''Series/{{Arrested Development}}'' and most of his films. Also, once his character was fleshed out and you got to know him, David Hogan on ''Series/TheHoganFamily''. Touches upon OnlySaneMan and TheWoobie, depending on the role, in his movies.
* TheEveryman: Many of his characters tend to be fairly normal and down-to-earth guys, often quite [[NiceGuy likeable]], stressed-out, trapped in some kind of blandly soul-crushing office job and [[OnlySaneMan saner than everyone else around them]].
* ManChild: In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' and ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''.
* {{Typecasting}}: He is almost always the StraightMan, specifically being a stressed-out, under-appreciated businessman. Notable exceptions include ''Film/SmokinAces'', in which he plays an insecure and perverse [[AmoralAttorney attorney]], and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', in which he plays a [[WhiteCollarCrime white collar]] [[ConMan con]] [[CunningLikeAFox fox]].