Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman

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Justine Bateman
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Bateman in 2011
Born Justine Tanya Bateman
(1966-02-19) February 19, 1966 (age 52)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Writer, director, producer, actress
Years active 1982–present
Notable credit(s) Mallory Keaton in Family Ties
Mark Fluent (m. 2001)
Children 2

Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American writer, director, producer, and actress. Her acting work includes the 80s hit Family Ties, Satisfaction, Men Behaving Badly, The TV Set, Desperate Housewives, and Californication. Five Minutes, the film short she wrote, directed, and produced, premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. Justine earned her Computer Science and Digital Media Management degree from UCLA in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Bateman was born in Rye, New York, US,[1] to Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am who was originally from the United Kingdom, and Kent Bateman. She is the sister of actor Jason Bateman.[2]

She attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. However, Bateman could not attend college due to her contractual obligations with Family Ties. Bateman stated that she was informed by the series’ line producer Carol Himes, “You’re under contract to Paramount Studios.”[3] Bateman instead earned her college degree later, in 2016, from UCLA.


Bateman at the 1987 Primetime Emmy Awards



Bateman’s most prominent acting role began when she was a teenager, playing the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties in 1982; she continued the role throughout the show’s run which ended in 1989.[4] In 1984, Bateman starred in the episode, “Mookie and Pookie” from the Tales from the Darkside series. She hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988.[1]

The following year she ceased her Family Ties role, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.[5]

In 1996, she guest starred on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as the character Sarah/Zara in four episodes — two at the end of season 3, and two at the beginning of season 4.[1] In the 1996–97 NBC American version of the British TV comedy Men Behaving Badly,[6] featuring Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard, she starred as Sarah, Eldard’s character’s girlfriend.[1] Bateman returned to TV with the 2003 Showtime mini-series Out of Order, alongside Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman and Bill Macy.[7]

In the third season Arrested Development episode “Family Ties,” which was broadcast in February 2006,[8] her character is initially believed to be Michael Bluth‘s sister, but she turns out to be a prostitute taken advantage of by his father, and pimped by his brother. Michael Bluth was played by Bateman’s brother Jason.[9]

Recurring roles included Men in Trees and Still Standing, and Desperate Housewives.

Feature films[edit]

In 1988, Bateman starred in the lead role in the motion picture Satisfaction.[1] The film, about an all-girl musical band, also featured Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack. Other films include The Night We Never Met, with Matthew Broderick, and The TV Set, with David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver.

Other media[edit]

She has acted in several web series. She acted in John August‘s Remnants, Illeana DouglasIKEA-sponsored Easy to Assemble[10][11] (for which in 2010 Bateman was among the winners of the Streamy Award for Best Ensemble Cast and was nominated for a Streamy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Web-Series),[12] and Anthony Zuiker‘s digi-novel series Level 26: Dark Prophecy, in which she plays a tarot card reader.[13]


Bateman’s theater experience includes Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible (Roundabout Theater), David Mamet‘s Speed the Plow (Williamstown Theater Fest), and Frank Wedekind‘s Lulu (Berkeley Rep).[citation needed]


Bateman with Irina Slutsky (left) and Felicia Day at IAWTV meeting during Digital Hollywood 2009.

In the fall of 2007, Bateman helped produce the Speechless campaign in support of the Writers Guild of America strike. In 2004, she also launched FM78.tv, a digital production company[3][14] which became the digital production and consulting company Section 5.[citation needed] Her producing credits include the film shorts Z and Five Minutes,as well as Easy to Assemble, which garnered more than 5.1 million views during its second season.[6]

Bateman also co-produced and co-presented with fashion maven Kelly Cutrone on their internet talk show Wake Up and Get Real (WUAGR).[15] Described as an alternative to the television series The View, WUAGR was last broadcast in June 2011.[16]


Bateman wrote her directorial debut, Five Minutes. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 [17]. She made her first script sale to Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.[18] She also co-wrote the adaptation of Lisi Harrison‘s teenage book series The Clique for a Warner Bros. internet series.[14] Bateman’s first book, FAME, a non-fiction about the life cycle of fame and society’s strong need for it, was scheduled to be published in 2018 by Akashic Books.[19]


Her directorial debut, Five Minutes, was an official selection at various film festivals, including the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Other work[edit]

During a hiatus from the entertainment business, Bateman established a clothing design company in 2000. She managed it until its closure in 2003. Justine Bateman Designs was known for one-of-a-kind hand knits. It sold to BendelsNY, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Fred Segal.[20]

Actress (56 credits)
 2017 PUSH (Short)
The Woman
 2017 How to Apply for a Sexual Position (Short)
Director Slidan
 2015 Customer Service (Short)
 2013 Deep Dark Canyon
Cheryl Cavanaugh
 2013 Modern Family (TV Series)

The Future Dunphys (2013) … Angela
 2012 A Little Something on the Side (Short)
 2008-2012 Easy to Assemble (TV Series)
Justine Bateman

Bossy Lady (2012) … Justine Bateman
A Very Heavy Package (2011) … Justine Bateman
The Third Bateman (2011) … Justine Bateman
Finding North (2011) … Justine Bateman
Flying Solo: Part 1 (2010) … Justine Bateman
 2008-2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Ellie Leonard

Finishing the Hat (2012) … Ellie Leonard (uncredited)
Free (2008) … Ellie Leonard
The Gun Song (2008) … Ellie Leonard
Mother Said (2008) … Ellie Leonard
Opening Doors (2008) … Ellie Leonard
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (TV Series)
Margaret Mckenna

See No Evil (2011) … Margaret Mckenna
 2010 Private Practice (TV Series)
Sydney Harris

Short Cuts (2010) … Sydney Harris
 2009 Project: Rant (TV Series) (2009-2011)
 2009 Psych (TV Series)

Tuesday the 17th (2009) … Victoria
 2008 Californication (TV Series)
Mrs. Patterson

In a Lonely Place (2008) … Mrs. Patterson
Coke Dick & First Kick (2008) … Mrs. Patterson (uncredited)
 2007 Hybrid (TV Movie)
 2006-2007 Men in Trees (TV Series)
Lynn Barstow

A Tree Goes in Elmo (2007) … Lynn Barstow
Chemical Reactions (2007) … Lynn Barstow
The Indecent Proposal (2007) … Lynn Barstow
Nice Girls Finish Frist (2007) … Lynn Barstow
Take It Like a Man (2007) … Lynn Barstow
 2006 Untitled Patricia Heaton Project (TV Movie)
 2006/I To Have and to Hold (TV Movie)
Meg Davidson
 2006 The TV Set
Natalie Klein
 2006 Arrested Development (TV Series)

Family Ties (2006) … Nellie
 2005 The Show with A.J. Calloway (TV Movie)
 2004-2005 Still Standing (TV Series)

Still Using (2005) … Terry
Still Fast (2004) … Terry
Still Neighbors (2004) … Terry
 2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula (Short)
Attia, Imperial Courtesan (uncredited)
 2004 Humor Me (TV Movie)
 2004 Hollywood Mom’s Mystery (TV Movie)
Lucy Freers
 2003 Out of Order (TV Mini-Series)

Put Me in Order (2003) … Annie
Follow the Rat (2003) … Annie
Losing My Religion (2003) … Annie
The Art of Loss (2003) … Annie
Pilot: Part Two (2003) … Annie
 2002 Ozzy & Drix (TV Series)

Gas of Doom (2002) … Rota (voice)
 1999 Say You’ll Be Mine
 1999 Rugrats (TV Series)
Art Patron

Opposites Attract/The Art Museum (1999) … Art Patron (voice)
 1997 Highball
 1997 Kiss & Tell
Molly McMannis
 1996-1997 Men Behaving Badly (TV Series)
Sarah Stretten

The Box (1997) … Sarah Stretten
It’s Good to Be Dead (1997) … Sarah Stretten
Testing, Testing (1997) … Sarah Stretten
After Midnight (1997) … Sarah Stretten
Getting Rid of Harry (1997) … Sarah Stretten
 1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Zara / Sarah

Battleground Earth (1996) … Zara
Lord of the Flys (1996) … Zara
Big Girls Don’t Fly (1996) … Zara
Through a Glass, Darkly (1996) … Sarah
 1996 The Acting Thing (Short)
 1996 God’s Lonely Man
 1995 A Bucket of Blood (TV Movie)
 1994 Another Woman (TV Movie)
Lisa Temple
 1994 Terror in the Night (TV Movie)
 1993 Beware of Dog (Short)
Linda Irving
 1993 The Night We Never Met
Janet Beehan
 1992 How Can I Tell If I’m Really in Love (Video short)
 1992 Deadbolt (TV Movie)
Marty Hiller
 1992 Primary Motive
Darcy Link
 1992 In the Eyes of a Stranger (TV Movie)
Lynn Carlson
 1990 The Closer
Jessica Grant
 1990 The Fatal Image (TV Movie)
Megan Brennan
 1982-1989 Family Ties (TV Series)
Mallory Keaton

Alex Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1989) … Mallory Keaton
Mr. Keaton Takes a Vacation (1989) … Mallory Keaton
Wrap Around the Clock – Part 1 (1989) … Mallory Keaton
Rain Forests Keep Fallin’ on My Head (1989) … Mallory Keaton
They Can’t Take That Away from Me: Part 2 (1989) … Mallory Keaton
 1988 Mickey’s 60th Birthday (TV Movie)
Mallory Keaton
 1988 Satisfaction
Jennie Lee
 1986 Can You Feel Me Dancing? (TV Movie)
Karin Nichols
 1985 Family Ties Vacation (TV Movie)
Mallory Keaton
 1985 Right to Kill? (TV Movie)
Deborah Jahnke
 1985 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Sara White

First the Egg (1985) … Sara White
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)

On Your Toes (1984)
 1984 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Susan ‘Pookie’ Anderson

Mookie and Pookie (1984) … Susan ‘Pookie’ Anderson
 1984 It’s Your Move (TV Series)

Pajama Party (1984) … Debbie


She served on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild[21] until July 2009, when she resigned just before the end of her initial three-year term.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Bateman dated Leif Garrett in the late 1980s.[23]

In 2001, Bateman married Mark Fluent, with whom she has two children. Bateman is an outspoken supporter of net neutrality.[24] In 2008, Bateman testified before the United States Senate Commerce Committee in support of net neutrality.[25]

Bateman is a licensed pilot of single-engine planes and a certified scuba diver.[26]


Year Title Role Notes
1982–1989 Family Ties Mallory Keaton 176 episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1986 and 1987)
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
1984 It’s Your Move Debbie Episode: “Pajama Party”
Tales from the Darkside Susan ‘Pookie’ Anderson Episode: “Mookie and Pookie”
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Sara White Episode: “First the Egg”
Right to Kill? Deborah Jahnke Television movie
Family Ties Vacation Mallory Keaton Television movie
1986 Can You Feel Me Dancing? Karin Nichols Television movie
1988 Satisfaction Jennie Lee
Mickey’s 60th Birthday Mallory Keaton Television movie
1990 The Fatal Image Megan Brennan Television movie
1990 The Closer Jessica Grant
1992 Deadbolt Marty Hiller Television movie
In the Eyes of a Stranger Lynn Carlson Television movie
Primary Motive Darcy Link
How Can I Tell If I’m Really In Love Herself Educational classroom video
1993 Beware of Dog Linda Irving
The Night We Never Met Janet Beehan
1994 Terror in the Night Robin Television movie
Another Woman Lisa Temple Television movie
1995 A Bucket of Blood Carla Television movie
1996 The Acting Thing Unknown Short film
God’s Lonely Man Meradith
Kiss & Tell Molly McMannis
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Sarah/Zara 4 episodes
Men Behaving Badly Sarah Stretten 22 episodes
1997 Highball Sandy
1999 Rugrats Art Patron Episode: “Opposites Attract”/”The Art Museum”
Say You’ll Be Mine Chelsea
2002 Ozzy & Drix Rota Episode: “Gas of Doom”
2003 Out of Order Annie 6 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Still Standing Terry 3 episodes
Humor Me Paula Television movie
The Hollywood Mom’s Mystery Lucy Freers Television movie
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula Attia, Imperial Courtesan Short film
2006 Arrested Development Nellie Bluth Episode: “Family Ties”
The TV Set Natalie Klein
To Have and to Hold Meg TV movie
Men in Trees Lynn Barstow 10 episodes
2007 Hybrid Andrea Television movie
2008, 2012 Desperate Housewives Ellie Leonard 5 episodes
Californication Mrs. Patterson 2 episodes
Easy to Assemble Justine Bateman 12 episodes
2009 Psych Victoria Episode: “Tuesday the 17th”
Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode: “1.7”
2010 Private Practice Sydney Episode: “Short Cuts”
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Margaret Episode: “See No Evil”
2013 Modern Family Angela Episode: “The Future Dunphys
Deep Dark Canyon Cheryl Cavanaugh

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