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Jason Bateman: Not Just Justine's Little Brother

August 03, 2011

Jason Bateman first arrived in pop culture 30 years ago on “Little House on the Prairie,” and has found steady work ever since. “The Change-Up,” which stars Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in a body-swap comedy, opens this weekend.

Though he’s played a wide range of parts in Hollywood, we can fit his entertainment career into four phases.

Phase I: Justine Bateman’s little brother
Bateman first came to prominence on the small screen, going from “Little House on the Prairie” to a regular spot on “Silver Spoons” as the snobby friend of Ricky Schroeder. A fondly remembered role as Matthew Burton on “It’s Your Move” followed, as did the part of David Hogan in “Valerie.” And of course, any 1980s movie buff remembers him starring in “Teen Wolf Too.”

A nice run for any child actor. But this was the stretch when big sister Justine was playing Mallory Keaton on the iconic sitcom “Family Ties,” so all those roles couldn’t even make him the most popular actor at his own dinner table. Read More