HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Actor, director, and producer Jason Bateman, known for his roles in the sitcom “Arrested Development” and the films “Juno,” “The Switch,” and “Horrible Bosses,” was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, July 26. The star is the 2,616th since the Walk of Fame’s completion in 1961, with the first 1,558 stars.
“Bateman has been a constant on television and the big screen and has amassed a large body of work that captured generations of fans,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “We are pleased to add his star to our Walk of Fame family.”
Bateman’s star was dedicated in front of The Hudson Apartments at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony occurred five days after his latest television series, “Ozark,” was released on Netflix on Friday, July 21.
President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler introduced the actor at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. Actress Jennifer Aniston, who appeared in five films with Bateman, and “Arrested Development” actor Will Arnett were present as guest speakers.
“He’s a fantastic partner in crime, the most generous straight man who makes the world laugh and then can make you cry on a dime,” Aniston said. She held up old photos of Bateman as she praised him.
“One thing has proven itself to be true and that is having longevity in this business is not easy. Especially starting out as a child actor. Usually that’s a story that doesn’t always end well,” she said. “When I actually met Jason it was kind of looking like it could go either way.”
Bateman began his television career at the age of 12 in 1981, in the NBC western drama series “Little House on the Prairie.” He had a recurring role on the NBC sitcoms “Silver Spoons” from 1982 to 1984 and “It’s Your Move” from 1984 to 1985. In the late 1980s, he became a teen idol through his portrayal of David Hogan in the NBC comedy “The Hogan Family.” In 1987, he starred in his first feature film, “Teen Wolf Too,” the sequel to “Teen Wolf.”
In 2003, Bateman took on the role of Michael Bluth in the Fox sitcom “Arrested Development,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2005 and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2006. He went on to receive Emmy and SAG nominations in 2013, when the series was released on Netflix.
The actor also appeared in films including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004), “Starsky and Hutch” (2004), “Juno” (2007), and “Hitch” (2008). In 2009, he starred in “Couples Retreat,” alongside Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell. He appeared in “The Switch” with Jennifer Aniston in 2010.
The two went on to co-star in the 2011 film “Horrible Bosses,” its 2014 sequel “Horrible Bosses 2,” and the 2016 comedy “Office Christmas Party.” In 2016, he voiced Nick Wilde, the con artist fox in Disney’s “Zootopia,” for which he won an Annie Award and a Kids’ Choice Award. Bateman’s directorial work includes the 2013 dark comedy film “Bad Words” and the 2015 drama “The Family Fang,” both of which he also starred in.
In his most recent project, MRC’s “Ozark,” he portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, who relocates from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks and must pay off a debt to a drug lord. He also serves as director and executive producer on the series. He will appear alongside Rachel McAdams and Kyle Chandler in the upcoming film “Game Night,” which is set to be released in March 2018.