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Justin Bateman receives Walk of Fame star

HOLLYWOOD — A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring Emmy-nominated actor Jason Bateman was unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard July 26, five days after his latest project, “Ozark,” began streaming on Netflix.

After recalling his first visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the early 1980s when he was 10 or 11 years old and skateboarding to an audition, Bateman said, “I just simply feel very, very grateful and fortunate to have had a chance to hold my job in a business that’s not known for its longevity and for being able to work with enough good people to not only learn an enormous amount but to find in them some friends that have changed the way I see the world and the way that I want to live in it.”

Jennifer Aniston, who appeared in five films with Bateman, and Will Arnett, Bateman’s castmate on television’s “Arrested Development,” joined him in speaking at the ceremony in front of the Hudson Apartments.

Bateman received outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Michael Bluth on “Arrested Development” in 2005, when it aired on Fox, and 2013, when it was streamed on Netflix.

In “Ozark,” Bateman portrays a financial planner who suddenly relocates from the Chicago suburbs to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks and must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord.

Bateman made his television debut in 1981 when he was 12 years old with a recurring role on the NBC period family drama “Little House on the Prairie.” He had a recurring role on the NBC comedy “Silver Spoons” from 1982-84 and starred in the short-lived NBC comedy “It’s Your Move” in the 1984-85 season.

Bateman became a teen idol in the late 1980s through his role on the NBC comedy “The Hogan Family.”

Bateman starred with Aniston in the film comedies “Horrible Bosses” in 2011 and its 2014 sequel “Horrible Bosses 2.” The two co-starred in the 2010 romantic comedy “The Switch.” They also both appeared in the 2006 romantic comedy-drama “The Break-Up” and the 2016 comedy “Office Christmas Party.”

Bateman’s other film credits include “Juno,” “Couples Retreat,” “Hancock,” “Identity Thief,” “The Gift,” “Bad Words” and “The Family Fang.”

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