In 1981, at the age of twelve, Bateman began his acting career playing James Cooper Ingalls on the long-running television series, Little House on the Prairie. Under his father’s management, by the mid-80s Bateman earned the status of teen idol in the series It’s Your Move and Valerie, later renamed Hogan’s Family. At the age of 18, directing three episodes of Hogan’s Family, Bateman became the youngest ever member of the Director’s Guild. After its cancellation, Bateman was faced with a difficult transition-successful child star to legitimate adult actor. After ten years of roles in moderately successful films and television series, his role as Michael Blume in Arrested Development confirmed that transition was complete. In 2005, Bateman won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.