1. Jason Kent Bateman was born on January 14, 1969 in New York. His dad Kent was a film and TV director, while his mother Victoria was a flight attendant.
2. Bateman's TV acting debut came way back in 1981, when he was only 12 years old. He played James Cooper Ingalls in the much-loved family show Little House On The Prairie.
3. Did you know that Jason is the son-in-law of pop music legend Paul Anka? He wed Paul's daughter Amanda in 2001.
4. Does Jason mind that he usually ends up playing the co-star rather than the leading man in movies? Apparently not! "I've been offered a couple of leads in some movies that really suck. I mean, you know, if they're offering me the lead, the script ain't that great. The stuff that's good, I'm a little further down the cast list," he says.
5. Bateman has spoke openly about his troubles as a youngster with drink and drugs. "It was like Risky Business for 10 years," he said. "My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car, and the house, and I didn't know when they were coming home. I'd worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard. And I did that really well."
6. Bateman has frequently stated that he is optimistic about plans for a much-anticipated Arrested Development film. However, he insists that rumours about Jennifer Aniston co-starring were merely a slip of the tongue. "When we were doing on-camera stuff, somebody said, 'You and Jen have done a couple of movies together. You guys have got to keep working together. What about the Arrested Development movie?' I said, 'Actually, there is a great part for her in the Arrested Development movie that I'm going to pitch her', just sort of having fun. Then there are about 25 headlines this morning on crappy blogs saying, Jennifer Aniston to do the new Arrested Development movie."
7. During promotion for Starsky and Hutch, Bateman revealed that there was one other '70s TV classic that he would love to be involved in remaking. "I wanted to play Bosley in the new Charlie's Angels," he said. "But they went black. I mean, I've got moves, I've got range, but I can't do black. So, on to the next."
8. Bateman says that he has no plans to encourage his daughter Francesca into following in his acting footsteps. "She will never get anywhere near a Screen Actors Guild card," he says. "It's a real s**tty way to make a living because you can have all the ambition and work ethic and discipline in the world and not be guaranteed employment."
9. Bateman says that comedians he admires include Judd Apatow, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Guest, but he believes that his own sense of humour stems from his mum. "My mother was hugely responsible for giving me my sense of humour because that above-all-else-do-not-embarrass-yourself John Cleese thing is deep inside me."
10. Bateman's first kiss came with a girl named Amy in a treehouse when he was in first grade. "We did a very risqué thing of tying our shirts in, I don't know how you describe it," he says. "You take the bottom of it and you loop it through the neck and then you pull it down and create like a garter. I don't know how cool that is for a guy, but I thought we were making progress."